Library of Cambodia Project has developed a plan for the step by step
construction and stocking of a fully functioning library system with
branch facilities for use both by schools at the sites and,
importantly, for the surrounding communities as well. It is based on
our experiences in Vietnam and Laos that led a growing library
The initial building was constructed adjacent to Pho Thuan Secondary
School , Duc Pho District, Quang Ngai Province , Vietnam . We were
honored to have the advice and support of the various People's
Committees at the Commune, District, and Provincial levels. We
consulted with the administrative officials for the Ministry of
Education and Training in Hanoi who so kindly received us when we
asked for permission to show them our idea.
The result of that effort by Vietnamese and Americans was a
library that all of us can be proud of and which stands as a
monument to cooperation of our peoples. Also, because we received so
much input from both Vietnamese and Americans, it provided a
well-conceived and thought-out simple blueprint for additional
branch facilities that are being built.
While each new site will have unique characteristics that
require, once again, the advice and support of the local government
officials, educational professionals, and community leaders, we
still have the base design that is the hallmark of every new one.
With your support, we will be able to built, furnish, and stock the
libraries and provide computer capabilities, within our budget.
we have the opportunity to carry the program to Cambodia . We are so
very lucky to have the advice, direction and support of Bernie
Krisher, former Newsweek Bureau Chief in Tokyo , and humanitarian
extraordinaire in Cambodia . He has built some 230 schools in the
country and brought about numerous innovations in bridging the
“Digital Divide”. Indeed, it is his staff and contacts that he has
so generously offered us that are making possible our inaugural
projects in Cambodia .
We must thank Ed Bacharach of Chicago for making this most
fortunate introduction to Bernie Krisher. Ed for his part has been a
tireless promoter of health and education program in Cambodia .
Money is hard to find but good people are even harder to find.
Thanks to Bernie and Ed, we now have the people and the talent to
make for successful projects in Cambodia .
What follows is an outline of the central elements of the
project, the design, and standard agreements along with a list of
individuals on our team.
We are truly honored to have the opportunity to present this
project to you and look forward to working with you to make it a
reality. It is yet another example of America as its best, a
monument to the American spirit as it lives in the hearts, minds and
souls of individual Americans who wish to build “A New Dawn” between
the Cambodian and American peoples.
Francis. J. (Chuck) Theusch
Director/Chairman, Library of Cambodia Project