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Class of 2016 Celebrates Graduation, July 3, 2016

Interviews for the Class of 2020

Harpswell Staff Dinner, July 3, 2016

Bowdoin College Event, April 26, 2016

International Women's Day at Harpswell, March 8, 2016

Summer Institute in Women's Leadership, August 2014

Memphis Cambodia, December 2013

Ambassador William Todd visits Harpswell, June 13, 2013

Visit to Angkor Wat, June 2013

Installation of Apsara Sculpture by Cambodian female artist, May 2013

Symposium on "Compassion to Action," January 27, 2013

Harpswell students perform Shakespeare, January 2013

Harpswell Visits Women Leaders in Myanmar, January 2013

Visit by Malaysian Minister of Parliament, October 2012

International Day of the Girl at Harpswell, October 2012

Hillary Clinton with Harpswell students on July 13, 2012 in Siem Reap

Alan and Menghun speak to students at BRIDGES in Memphis TN, May 2012

Visit by Civic Leaders from Memphis TN, January 2012

Parents' Visiting Day, January 2012

Trip to Sihanoukville, May 2011

Conference on Women Innovators in Cambodia, January 22, 2011

Interfaith Conference on Spirituality, January 16, 2011

Meeting with Hillary Clinton, November, 2010

Trip to Sihanoukville, May 2010

Inauguration of Facility at Teuk Thla, January 2010

Trip to Ankor Wat, May 2008

Class of 2016 Celebrates Graduation, July 3, 2016

Fifteen members of the Class of 2016, and four members of the Class of 2015 celebrated their graduations in a certificate ceremony in Harpswell’s Hall of Great Women. The graduates included future lawyers, engineers, teachers, professors, pharmacists, doctors, midwives, economists, bankers, accountants, chemists and biologists. Executive Director Alison Pavia, together with Senior Manager Ing Varony, awarded the certificates, and Harpswell Alumnae Association President Prom Savada addressed the students and presented to each graduate a silver medallion with the Harpswell logo. Five of the graduates will be traveling to the United States in August to become Harpswell US Fellows, studying at Bowdoin College, Agnes Scott College and Christian Brothers University.

Interviews for the Class of 2020

Senior Manager Ing Varony and Program Director Yang Leaphea made three week-long recruiting trips in June to identify members of the class of 2020. They traveled to 14 provinces to interview a total of 147 candidates nominated by high school principals from 40 high schools around Cambodia. Executive Director Alison Pavia joined them in Siem Reap, where the team interviewed 27 candidates, and visited partners Caring for Cambodia and the Jay Pritzker Academy.

Harpswell Staff Dinner, July 3, 2016

Harpswell Senior Manager Ing Varony, Manager Som Sophal, Program Director Yang Leaphea, Assistant Managers Touch Pally and Phourn Sopheap, House Mother Malis, Leadership Residents Sara Hendrix, Jennie Le and Chlöe Dietrich and English and French Instructors Hok Visal, Tith Ranny, Prak Vanny and Chin Navath joined Executive Director Alison Pavia for a staff dinner at the Champs Elysees restaurant in Phnom Penh.

Bowdoin College Event, April 26, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Alan Lightman joined Harpswell US Fellows Sopoan Keo and Samphors Khean, together with former Leadership Residents (and current Bowdoin students) June Guo and Leah Alper, to lead a packed seminar at Bowdoin. The topic was Perspectives on the Intersection of Cambodian and US Educational Experiences. The US Fellows spoke about their childhood and families, Harpswell, and what the Bowdoin experience has meant to them. The Bowdoin students spoke about the significance of their experiences as summer Leadership Residents at Harpswell in Cambodia. The Harpswell/Bowdoin partnership is now in its fifth year.

International Women's Day at Harpswell, March 8, 2016

Last month on International Women’s Day, Harpswell students celebrated women all around the world. At the dormitories, students and staff organized an afternoon of festivities filled with speeches, awards, food, song, plays, traditional dance, and comedy. One of the most notable events of the day was the recycling design competition, in which students demonstrated their creativity by designing dresses from cans and newspaper.

Current Leadership Resident Katy remarked that “during these kinds of days I see them smile even more, laugh, dance, sing, and most importantly, support each other endlessly and lovingly.” We are so proud of our students for all that they have accomplished, and for what they continue to accomplish each day!

Alan talks to Pung Chhiv Kek, director of LICADHO, a human rights organization, and Carol Rodley, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, at the Harpswell conference on Women Innovators in Cambodia, January 22, 2011

Trip to Ankor Wat, May 2008

On this bus trip and two-day outing, very few of the Harpswell students had ever been to Ankor Wat, the largest temple complex in the world, right in their own country

Inauguration of Facility at Teuk Thla, January 2010

(photos by Jodi Hilton)

Students welcome arriving guests

Alan welcomes Daniel Pritzker, a major supporter of Harpswell

Alan welcomes His Excellency Roland Eng, Ambassador at Large and former Ambassador to the United States

"We cannot choose the country where we are born. But we can, and should, recognize that we are all part of one human family.

When we help women achieve higher education, we are helping not only those individual women. We are helping the entire society. As studies by the World Bank and several other international organizations have shown, educating and empowering women is the single most effective way to help developing countries. Women are not the problem; women are the solution --- to worldwide poverty, to hunger, to lack of health care, to slavery and sex trafficking, to suppression of freedom and dignity. Women have been marginalized in almost every culture in every century of human history. But women are the most powerful force for positive change in the world today.

The mission of the Harpswell Foundation, which you can read on the wall near the office, is "to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia."

To choose our students, we go to high schools all over the country. We try to find young women with intelligence, ambition, and leadership potential. We have a rigorous selection process consisting of interviews and essays, as well as transcripts and grades. We are looking for future leaders.

In our dormitory and leadership center, we give our students free room and board and medical care. Those things are all necessary for the body. But we also give them food for the mind and the spirit. We give our students weekly leadership seminars, where we discuss what makes a great leader. We give them English lessons and computer lessons. Three times a week, we hold discussions of national and international events to sharpen their critical thinking skills, to teach them the problems and challenges of Cambodia today, and to show them how Cambodia fits into the world community. After our first two years of operation, our students were first in their class at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, the Royal University of Law and Economics, and the National University of Management.

We call this conference room the Hall of Great Women. In the future we plan to hold workshops and conferences in this room on the subject of education, leadership, and women's empowerment. I hope you will have a chance to look at the walls. We have chosen as role models 25 great women from around the world, in the arts, in the sciences, in politics, in social activism and human rights - all women who have pushed the world forward. It is my hope, and belief, that someday, our students will be on these walls."

-- Alan Lighman, excerpt from remarks at the inauguration, Hall of Great Women

Buddhist monks bless the new building

From left to right, H.E. Ing Kantha Phavi, Cambodian Minister of Women's Affairs; H.E. Carol Rodley, American Ambassador to Cambodia; and H.E. Margaret Adamson, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia

Speech by Din Vutha, fourth-year student

Speech by Heng Lim Heang, third-year student

After the speeches, guests are entertained by Apsara dancers

Left to right, Ing Kantha Phavi, Somaly Mam, and Chakrya

Harpswell Trustee David Roe cuts the ribbon

More photos can be seen by clicking here.

Trip to Sihanoukville, May 2010

Meeting with Hillary Clinton, November 1, 2010

On November 1, 2010 Secretary Hillary Clinton was in Cambodia and spoke at a "Town Hall" meeting organized by the American Embassy. American Ambassador Carol Rodley personally invited 50 Harpswell students and staff to attend the event and to meet Secretary Clinton. After the event, Ambassador Rodley told Alan (via e-mail) that two of our students stood up and asked Secretary Clinton very good questions.

Secretary Hillary Clinton speaking at a "Town Hall" event in Phnom Penh, November 1, 2010

Meas Chansatya (far right, holding microphone and clipboard), second-year Harpswell student, asks Secretary Clinton about the U.S. position on a recent Thai-Cambodia border dispute

Interfaith Conference on Spirituality, January 16, 2011




Three religious leaders, from Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, spoke about the meaning of spirituality in their religious traditions, with a spirited question and answer period involving our Harpswell students and others. Speakers were the Venerable Yos Hut Khemacaro , from Wat Lanka in Phnom Penh; Imam Yousof Abdulrahman , Director of the Mohammed Culture Sustain Association of Cambodia; and Rabbi Micah Greenstein , Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel, Memphis Tennessee, in the United States. Venerable Khemacaro helped rebuild the community of Buddhist monks in Cambodia following the Khmer Rouge devastation in the mid 1970s and worked with the United Nations Border Relief Operation from 1988 to 1992 in Thailand as an adviser on educational and human rights programs. Imam Abdulrahman received his bachelor degree from Saudi Arabia in the field of Shriah (Islamic Law) and Dakwah. After his return to Cambodia, he was in charge of an Islamic teaching program at the Good Source Organization, which accommodates hundreds of students across the country. Rabbi Greenstein is a two-time President of the Memphis Ministers Association, is on the Executive Board of the National Civil Rights Museum, and is past-President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis, covering six states.

Micah talks with Harpswell students

Rabbi Greenstein said that "for Jews, repairing the world as best we can is our obligation and duty as partners in our eternal covenant with God. Our goal is not physical security, since everyone dies somehow and sometime. Our goal in being God's partner is to experience a life of meaning, purpose, and significance." The Venerable Yos Hut Khemacaro said that before we can help others, we must help ourselves, and before we can help ourselves, we must help our minds, and before we can help our minds, we must have stillness in our minds.

Alan and the Venerable Khemacaro contemplate stillness

Conference on Women Innovators in Cambodia, January 22, 2011

On January 22, 2011, we hosted a one-day conference in the Hall of Great Women of our new facility at Teuk Thla. The conference, titled "Women Innovators in Cambodia," featured five Cambodian innovators in the arts, medical science, business, and social entrepreneurship. The audience of 175 people included not only our own students, but also people in various fields from all over Cambodia, heads of NGOs, and the American and Australian Ambassadors to Cambodia. On this conference, Harpswell worked in cooperation with the Cambodian NGO Committee on CEDAW, a group of Cambodian NGOs supporting the goals of CEDAW, the international Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, created by the UN in 1979. For further information about CEDAW, see www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw.

So Farina

Key note talks were given by So Farina and Vathiny Ov Liljestrand. Ms. So has spent seven years at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-CAM), researching Cham oral history. At the end of 2010, she published her master's thesis on the experience of Cham Muslim women under the Khmer Rouge Regime. Ms. Liljestrand is the Executive Director at the Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC), which provides services and training to Cambodians, focused on family health and HIV/AIDS prevention. RHAC has an extensive youth outreach program and is working to receive funding and support for sexual health education in Cambodia's high schools.

Vathiny Ov Liljestrand

Students flock to Vathiny after her lecture

Panelists included Ly Pisey, Leng Leakena , and Hin Theany . Ms. Ly is a member of Social Action for Change (SAC), working on the most urgent social problems Cambodian women face today. SAC is a part of a network of grassroots organizations supporting workers in the garment, sex, and farm industries of Cambodia. Ms. Leng is a founding member of the Messenger Band (MB), a group of women who collect data on the living and working conditions of women in Cambodia and turn their stories into lyrics, raising awareness of these issues and creating solidarity and hope among Cambodia's poorest. Leakena is still a garment worker and participates in MB activites part-time. Ms. Hin is the Country Director of Mol-Liner shipping company. She also owns the Cambodian franchise of Pho24, a Vietnamese noodle restaurant.

People gather in the courtyard after the conference. Panelist Hin Theany is on the left.

The conference was organized with the help of Harpswell Leadership Residents Nellie Moore, Eva Pilipp, and fourth-year student Kaing Menghun.

Trip to Sihanoukville, May 2011

  • Marie Eckstein visited Harpswell for two weeks in May 2011, gave a leadership seminar, and participated in all Harpswell activities. Marie is former Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Dow Corning Company, with a background in chemical engineering. She has a great deal of experience in engineering and business and is helping Harpswell engage with the business and corporate world.

  • Marie (left) came with us on our trip to Sihanoukville

    Parents Visiting Day, January 15, 2012

    Every two or three years, we invite the parents of all of our students to visit the Harpswell dormitory and leadership centers. On this occasion, about 100 parents came from provinces all over Cambodia, some of them taking long bus trips. Given Cambodian culture, it is critcal to have the support of the parents of our students, not only during their years in our facilities, but also during their professional careers afterwards.

    Our ceremony began with a "Wishing Dance," performed by our students

    Our students were trained in Apsara dancing by Harpswell student Chorn Sokuntheary, who learned dancing as a small girl

    The event was held in our Hall of Great Women in our Teuk Thla facility

    Speeches were given by a representive of each class. Here is Keo Sopean, first year student, Class of 2015

    To read the speeches of all four representatives, Click Here.

    Eng Chandy and Srun Chanthy, both third-year students, demonstrate our Cambodia Daily discussions, which analyze national and international news and teach critical thinking

    But Kanha and her parents sign a Commitment Letter

    Alan with Rous Sreypov and her parents

    After the ceremony, all parents, students, and staff had lunch in the courtyard

  • On January 22, 2012, a group of outstanding women leaders, together with Rabbi Micah Greenstein, all from Memphis, Tennessee, visited the Harpswell Foundation and discussed their lives and accomplishments with our students. The women included Rebecca Wilson, who founded Bridge Builders, which is a leadership program for young people; Barbara Hyde, who is one of the founders of the Women's Foundation, which works to help develop women's leadership, and who is also director of the J.R. Hyde Sr. Foundation, which works to give education to children in Memphis and to strengthen the neighborhoods of Memphis; Barbara Holden Nixon, who was Executive Director of the Children's Community Service Agency in Memphis and is now a member of the Urban Child Institute in Memphis; Mearl Purvis, who is a leading broadcast journalist; Margaret Craddock who was Executive Director of the Metropolitan Interfaith Association, which is an organization that brings different religious groups together to help both older people and young people in the community; and Rabbi Micah Greenstein, the senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Memphis, the largest Jewish community in Memphis, and a major force for bringing together people of different religions to improve their communities. Rabbi Greenstein also spoke at Harpswell in January 2011, in our Interfaith Assembly on Spirituality.

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    Students at the BRIDGES Center in Memphis Tennessee, listening to a presentation about Harpswell. Harpswell graduate Menghun Kaing is in the lower right
  • On May 12, 2012 Alan Lightman and Harpswell graduate Menghun Kaing spoke to a group of Memphis students at the BRIDGES facility in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Bridge Builders, an organization founded by Becky Wilson in 1988, gathers Memphis high school students from diverse racial and economic backgrounds and empowers them to become leaders of their communities. Harpswell hopes to establish a partnership with Bridge Builders, as our goals are similar.

  • Harpswell Peformance of Shakespeare, January 2013

    Heng Kimly, first-year student, performs in Shakespeare's ''As You Like It,'' in Harpswell's Hall of Great Women
  • Harpswell Leadership Resident Jessica Lander directed a scene from Shakespeare's ''As You Like It,'' selecting her cast from our first and second-year students. The troupe performed for all Harpswell students and guests from the United States in our Hall of Great Women auditorium.

  • Cast and director of ''As You Like It''

    Symposium on "Compassion to Action," January 27, 2013

    On January 27, 2013, we hosted a one-day symposium on the subject of how compassion, a value in all world religions, is transformed into action. Compassion without action is empty. Speakers included Reverend James Boyd, Episcopalian minister from the U.S., Venerable Yos Hut Khemacaro, Buddhist leader of Cambodia, and Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Jewish leader from the U.S.

    Hall of Great Women, January 27, 2013

    Speakers (left to right) Rabbit Micah Greenstein, Venerable Yos Hut Khemacaro, and Reverend James Boyd

    Harpswell students and staff at Angkor Wat, June 2013

    Harpswell students (left to right) Chanmakara Ly (Class of 2014), Pisey Chhoeum (Class of 2015), and Samnang Meas (Class of 2013) at Angkor Wat

    American Ambassador to Cambodia William Todd visited the Harpswell Foundation Dormitory and Leadership Center at Teuk Thla on June 13, 2013.

    Cambodian Ambassador

    January 13, 2014. Washington DC. left to right: Sivgech, Bormey, Lina, Demaz Baker, Ambassador Hem Heng, Narin Jameson, Limheang

    Each year, our Harpswell-US Fellows for the year go on a bus trip to New York and to Washington DC during their winter break. This January 2014, Sivgech Chheng, Bormey Sivorn, Lina Hun, and Limheang Heng, met the Cambodian Ambassador to the US, His Excellency Hem Heng, while in Washington DC.

    Memphis Cambodia

    Boromey, Lina, Mayor Wharton, and Buddhist monk Chanveasna Bou, in Memphis TN, December 7, 2013

    Since early 2011, Rabbi Micah Greenstein, senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Memphis, has been coming to Harpswell and bringing small groups of prominent Memphians with him each year. Micah's vision, and ours, is that we can utilize the experience of Memphians in Cambodia to help and inspire disadvantaged young people in Memphis, and especially girls and young women. To bring this goal about, we have formed a small organization called Memphis Cambodia composed of Alan, Micah, Becky Wilson, Mearl Purvis, Barbara Holden Nixon, Barbara Hyde, Margaret Craddock, Mike and Bennie Dragutsky, Jimmy and Nancy Tashie, Jim and Martha Boyd, and Liz Manugian. This academic year, 2013 &ndash 2014, two graduates of the Harpswell Leadership Centers, Lina Hun and Bormey Sivorn, are in Memphis for a post-graduate year of study at Rhodes College. Memphis Cambodia has planned four events throughout 2013 &ndash 2014 in which Lina and Bormey will tell their inspiring life stories, accompanied by introductions to Harpswell and Cambodia and showings of the new documentary film Girl Rising, about brave young women all over the world. The first event was held at the Malco Paradiso Theater in Memphis on December 7. The Mayor of Memphis, A C Wharton, attended and presented keys to the city to Lina and Bormey. We have high hopes of good things coming out of Memphis Cambodia, both for Memphis and for Harpswell.

    Apsara sculpture commissioned for Harpswell

    New sculpture installed in the courtyard of the Harpswell Leadership Center at Teuk Thla, June 2013

    Seila Chet, Cambodian artist who created the Apsara sculpture for Harpswell
  • In January 2013, Harpswell commissioned a sculpture by the Cambodian artist Seila Chet. The sculpture, installed in the courtyard of the Harpswell facility at Teuk Thla in June, is a traditional apsara dancer holding a book, representing feminine strength and beauty combined with education and knowledge. Apsaras are common in Cambodia, but this is the only apsara we know of holding a book. Ms. Chet, born in 1982 and trained at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Pemh, has created sculptures for various public institutions in Siem Reap and in Phnom Penh and teaches at the Royal University of Fine Arts.

  • Visit to Angkor Wat, June 2013

    Harpswell students and staff at Angkor Wat, June 2013

    Harpswell students (left to right) Chanmakara Ly (Class of 2014), Pisey Chhoeum (Class of 2015), and Samnang Meas (Class of 2013) at Angkor Wat

    Harpswell Trustees Visit Women Leaders in Myanmar, January 2013

    Trustees Alan Lightman (left) and David Roe (right) with women leaders in Myanmar, January 16, 2013
  • The Harpswell Trustees were invited to attend a conference "Women Leading Democracy Building in Myanmar" on January 15, 2013, held in Yangon, Myanmar. At this event we had the opportunity to meet and exchange views with a number of courageous women leaders in Myanmar, who have worked for democracy in their country. In the future, we hope to form partnerships with these and other women leaders worldwide.

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    From left to right, Alan Lightman, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Harpswell Trustee and director of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative, Zin Mar Aung, and David Roe. Zin Mar, strong advocate for democracy in Myanmar, spent 11 years in prison and was a recent recipient of the International Women of Courage Award given by Hillary Clinton.

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    From left to right, Jean Lightman; Kara Lightman; Alan Lightman; Susu Nwey and Asin Hdeyee, members of Myanmar Farmer's Union; Soe Htet Win, director of the Myanmar Concord Institute; David Roe; and Meisisi Aung, director of the Myanmar Women's Organizations Network

    Malaysian MP Visits Harpswell, October 2012

    Visit by H.E. Koh Tsu Koon of Malaysia, October 23, 2012
  • On October 23, 2012, His Excellency Koh Tsu Koon, Member of Parliament in the government of Malaysia, visited the Harpswell Foundation. H.E. Koh is a Senator in Malaysia and also a Cabinet Minister in charge of National Unity and Performance Management. H.E. Koh was formerly the Chief Minister of Penang. He has long worked in the field of education and has taken an interest in the Harpswell Foundation as a model for the empowerment of women leaders.

  • Harpswell and 10 x 10 Celebrate International Day of the Girl, October 2012

    International Day of the Girl, October 7, 2012
  • On October 7, 2012, the Harpswell Foundation partnered with the international organization 10 x 10 to celebrate International Day of the Girl. IDOTG was created by the United Nations in December 2011, to raise awareness of the challenges that face millions of girls around the world. IDOTG will be celebrated annually. 10x10 is a global social action campaign that uses storytelling and film, shared through a committed community of advocates, to spread the message that investing in girls benefits everyone and will bring transformative change. The program consisted of speeches by four Harpswell students, one from each class, about the importance of educating and empowering girls and young women, followed by a keynote speech by Her Excellency Prak Channay, Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Women�s Affairs. The event also included the showing of a short film about girls around the world made by 10 x 10. This event was open to the public, as well as to our own students.

  • Speech by Sivghech Chheng, Class of 2013

    Keynote Speech by H.E. Prak Channay

    Introductions by Varony Ing, Senior Manager of Harpswell

    Harpswell Students Meet Hillary Clinton, July 2012

    Hillary Clinton with Harpswell students on July 13, 2012 in Siem Reap
  • US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to Cambodia on July 12 and 13 to speak at a Southeast Asia regional conference on gender equality and women's empowerment. In advance of the event, the US State Department directly asked the Harpswell Foundation to send some of its students to the conference and to meet Secretary Clinton. From left to right in the photo, Rina Chhun (Harpswell Class of 2012), Raksmey Suon (Harpswell Class of 2010), Chanmakara Ly (Harpswell Class of 2014), Secretary Clinton, Cambodian Minister of Women's Affairs, Ing Kantha Phavi, Chansatya Meas (Harpswell Class of 2015), Savada Prom (Harpswell Class of 2010), and Soriya Rin (Harpswell Class of 2013) [State Department photo by Paul Watzlavick].

    To see short biographies of the six Harpswell delegates to this conference with Secretary Clinton, CLICK HERE.

  • Summer Institute 2014

    Inauguration of the WPSP-Harpswell-PUC Institute in Women's Leadership and Women in Public Service, 17 August 2014

    In August 2014, Harpswell partnered with the Women in Public Service Project of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative and with Pannasastra University of Cambodia to host a two-week Institute for the period 17 August to 30 August 2014. The classes of the Institute involved lectures and workshops in critical thinking, leadership, and public service, taught in English by an international faculty. A number of distinguished international visitors attended the opening of the Institute, including the American Ambassador to Cambodia, William Todd, the Cambodian Minister of Women's Affairs, Her Excellency Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, the director of the Women in Public Service Project (and Harpswell Trustee), Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow and Board member of the Global Fund for Women, Marissa Wesely, and the country director of UN Women, Wenny Kusuma. Over sixty students from a dozen universities in Cambodia attended the two-week Institute, about half from Harpswell.

    The first week of the workshop was held at our Harpswell Foundation Dormitory and Leadership Center for Women in Teuk Thla. The second week was held at Pannasastra. Each working day of the Institute included 6 hours of lectures and workshops on a single module. The modules were: (1) Debate and critical thinking, (2) Business and communication, (3) Human rights, (4) Women in decision making, (5) Leadership skills and ethics, (6) International and family law, (7) Economics and women in development, (8) Southeast Asian geography and governments, (9) Women and education, (10) Good governance and management. Graduates of the two-week Institute received a certificate.

    The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) was launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in December of 2011 in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Seven Sisters women's colleges of Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley. The mission of the WPSP is fifty percent of public service positions held by women by 2050.

    To see comments about the Institute from William Todd, US Ambassador to Cambodia, click here.

    To read essays about the Institute written by the student participants, click here.

    American Ambassador to Cambodia, William Todd, speaks at the Inauguration of the Institute, 17 August 2014

    Minister of Women's Affairs, Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, speaks at the Inauguration of the Institute, 17 August 2014

    Director of the Women in Public Service Project, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, speaks at the Inauguration of the Institute, 17 August 2014

    Director of the Harpswell Foundation, Alan Lightman, speaks at the Inauguration of the Institute, 17 August 2014

    Director of UN Women, Wenny Kusuma, speaks at the Inauguration of the Institute, 17 August 2014

    Harpswell graduates Yang Leaphea, Kith Marady, and Khan Sophy receive the WPSP Marissa Wesely Award for Public Service, 17 August 2014

    Minister of Women's Affairs, Ing Kantha Phavi, surrounded by students participating in the Institute, 17 August 2014

    Left to right: Marissa Wesely, Ing Kantha Phavi (Minister of Women's Affairs), Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Alan Lightman, 17 August 2014

    Harpswell students dance as Apsaras to entertain guests, 17 August 2014

    Harpswell students dance as Apsaras to entertain guests, 17 August 2014

    Student participants enjoy lunch in the Harpswell courtyard, served each day of the Institute

    Rangita teaching her module in international and family law, 19 August 2014

    Student participant Tuy Sophorn, attending Pannasastra University, debating during the module in debate and critical thinking, 20 August 2014

    Students in small groups during activity breakout sessions

    Students in small groups during activity breakout sessions

    Sovachana Pou gave the first module, on the subject of Leadership and Ethics

    Rangita De Silve De Alwis gave a module on the subject of International and Family Law

    Alan Lightman gave a module on the subject of Debate and Critical Thinking

    Sophorn Tous gave a module on the subject of Good Governance

    Yanichnat Oom Chalermtiarana gave a module on the subject of Business and Communication

    Marady Kith gave a module on Southeast Asian Geography

    Leaphea Yang gave a module on the subject of Southeast Asian Government

    Keneth Robinson gave a module on the subject of Human Rights

    Chantevy Khourn gave a module on the subject of Economics and Women in Development

    Kasumi Nakagawa gave a module on the subject of Women in Decision Making

    Amra Lith gave a module on the subject of Women and Education

    Students were active questioners during the Institute.

    Students read essays about their experience on Closing Day, 30 August 2014. Here is Mouyny Ngoun.

    All graduates of the Institute received Certificates on Closing Day, 30 August 2014.

    Students and Alan on Closing Day, 30 August 2014.

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