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From the U.S.



Kathy Bates

On June 15, 2009, the Academy Award winning actress Kathy Bates spoke about the Harpswell Foundation on ABC News' Good Morning America. To see the clip, Click Here. Ms. Bates is a strong supporter of the Harpswell Foundation, especially our Dormitory and Leadership Center for University Women.


The press

"Cambodian women have been denied access to higher education. Thanks to the Harpswell Foundation, bright young women from the provinces have been given the opportunity to pursue their studies at some of the country's established universities."
—Cambodia Daily, January 4, 2007

"Until the Harpswell dorm opened, [these young women] faced lives as rice farmers, tour guides, or possibly brides in arranged marriages. Now they want to work for the government, earn PhDs, and study overseas."
—The International Herald Tribune, November 19, 2007



Summer Internships. Heng Lim Heang (second from left) and Dim Wutha (third from left) working with the staff of the Community Legal Education Center

The Cambodian government

In May 2008, the government of Cambodia awarded the Harpswell Foundation the Gold Medal for humanitarian service to Cambodia, personally presented to Alan Lightman by Deputy Prime Minister, Hong Sam Ol.

"The activities you implement are enabling a new generation of young women to be empowered in taking leadership roles in the future."
—Her Excellency Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women's Affairs

The United States government

" The experiences that Harpswell provides for young women have led to significant improvements in a number of areas, including public speaking, critical thinking skills, knowledge of national and international events, computer literacy, and English language ability. The young women at Harpswell fill me and the members of my team with hope for the future of Cambodia. "
— William Todd, US Ambassador to Cambodia

University president

"I congratulate the Harpswell Foundation and respect your noble work and your wonderful gesture for assisting Cambodian female students."
—Kao Kim Hourn, President of the University of Cambodia

Prom Savada (left), from Siem Reap, and Seng Khunnearie, from Ratanakiri province

The young women residents

"I really love the Harpswell dormitory so much because it gives me confidence in myself and freedom. It is the first dormitory for women in Cambodia and provides motivation for women to become good leaders."
—Hak Channy, age 20, Svay Rieng province

"This dormitory is essential and has outstanding meaning for a poor girl student like me. It provides knowledge and chances to change what happened to Cambodian women in the past."
—But Chann Sophea, age 19, Battambang province

Parents of the residents

"We thank you deeply for supporting our daughter in a place to live, money for food and study. We hope that you will continue to help new Cambodian generations. We strongly hope that when our daughter graduates, she will become a good leader of Cambodia."
—parents of Khan Sophy

"You have given our daughter a chance to study at university in Phnom Penh. We thank you for educating our daughter to be a good leader in the future. It is very important for our society."
—parents of Heng Savry

Heng Limheang, Battambang province

© The Harpswell Foundation 2008
last revised 9/12/16