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New Harpswell Staff, February, 2017


New Students Day, October 30, 2016


Harpswell Alumnae Association Retreat, Oct, 2016


WAKE, the Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange, Visits Harpswell, May 17, 2016


Alumna Vatey Srun Kea, interviewed in Nations & States


Alumna Leaphea Yang joins Harpswell as Program Director, February 24, 2016


Visit by Minister of Education, January 11, 2016


Symposium on Mindfulness, January 10, 2016


Alumnae Day Gala Dinner, January 09, 2016


Harpswell Tenth Year Anniversary Celebration, January 09, 2016


Harpswell Class of 2019


New American Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt Visits Harpswell, Oct 11, 2015


New Harpswell Alumnae Association Officers


Harpswell Winners- Write On! International & Cambodian Competition


Ambassador William Todd praises Harpswell Foundation, March 3, 2015


Parents' Visiting Day, January 11, 2015


Harpswell West, Thanksgiving 2014


Harpswell Class of 2018


Summer Institute in Women's Leadership, August 2014 (with 31 photographs)


Women in Public Service Award to Harpswell, August 2014


Mayoral Proclamation, February 2014








New Harpswell Staff, February, 2017

Harpswell is excited to announce that we have hired a new Country Director, Moul Samneang, to oversee both dormitories in Cambodia. Moul Samneang has twenty years of experience at the Asia Foundation in Cambodia working on the implementation, management, and design of programs related to women’s advancement. She has a Master in Development Management from Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines. We are also thrilled to announce that we have several alumnae who will join us in management positions. Din Vutha (Harpswell 2010) has been hired as the new BT Dorm Manager and Suon Raksmey (Harpswell 2010) will be the TT Dorm Manager. Additonally, Rhada Chhorn (Harpswell 2012), who received her Master’s Degree in Psychology in the US has been hired as a Psychological Counselor to provide counseling services to Harpswell students in both dormitories.

New Students Day, Oct 30, 2016

On October 30, 2016, Harpswell welcomed ten new students and their families for New Student Day! Our new students come from ten different provinces and are interested in law, architecture, engineering, psychology and international affairs. As part of our New Music Program started by Leadership Resident Jocelyn Labombarde, students played the piano, violin, guitar and sang to welcome their new sisters and guests.






Harpswell Alumnae Association Retreat, October, 2016

Harpswell alumnae reconnected in Kampot Province at this year's Harpswell Alumnae Association (HAA) retreat. They ate lunch on the beautiful Bok Kor mountain and brought school supplies to the children at the Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned and Disabled Children where they were welcomed by traditional Khmer dancing and music.










WAKE, the Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange, Visits Harpswell, May 17, 2016

WAKE, the Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange, arrived at Harpswell on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, with twelve advisors from the US, Ukraine, and India, ready to deliver trainings on LinkedIn, personal branding, and to discuss women’s leadership. Students learned about professional networking from a communications consultant, and worked directly with advisors to set up their own LinkedIn profiles for the first time. During an informal reception serviced by social enterprise Hagar Catering, students and advisors mingled, trading stories about Cambodia and life in other countries. The day ended with a break-out session for STEM students with WAKE advisors from Google and Oracle, and a brainstorming session with the founder of Scientific Animations Without Borders to promote women and girls’ education in Cambodia through video animation. For a more in-depth account of the day, please read the attached article by Leadership Resident Jojo Lam. For more about WAKE, see their website: http://wakeinternational.org






















Alumna Vatey Srun Kea, interviewed in Nations & States, April 5, 2016

Alumna Vatey Srun Kea, interviewed in Nations & States





Alumna Vatey Srun Kea, interviewed in Nations & States

April 5, 2016
Nations & States


Alumna Leaphea Yang joins Harpswell as Program Director, February 24, 2016





Alumna Leaphea Yang joins Harpswell as Program Director, February 24, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Harpswell Alumna Leaphea Yang, Class of 2011, will join Harpswell’s management team in the newly-created position of Program Director, effective March 10.

As Program Director, Leaphea will be responsible for the student leadership program at Harpswell. She will help inspire the students to become leaders, help them to manage their academic and personal development, and ensure the quality and effectiveness of Harpswell’s in-house academic program. She will also work closely with the Leadership Residents. Leaphea will live at the Teuk Thla dormitory.

Leaphea graduated from Royal University of Law and Economics with a degree in law in 2011. Leaphea’s many accomplishments since her time at Harpswell include receiving a one-year scholarship for post-graduate studies in the US, working as a gender trainer in the NGO Gender and Development for Cambodia, and serving as Cambodia’s principal organizer for the international One Billion Rising event. Leaphea has worked for the last two years as a legal advisor for HBS law firm in Phnom Penh. You can read more about Leaphea here.

We hope that you will join us in welcoming Leaphea, and in celebrating this exciting new phase in Harpswell’s development.


Visit by Minister of Education, January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016: Visit by His Excellency Hang Chuan Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport to the TT Dormitory. His Excellency spoke with Harpswell students about the importance of education for their futures and that of their country.





His Excellency Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Visits Harpswell





Minister of Education with Alan Lightman


























Symposium on Mindfulness, January 10, 2016

On January 10, Harpswell hosted a Leadership Seminar on Mindfulness, comparing different religious traditions and practices. The Seminar was led by the Venerable Yos Hut Kemacaro of Wat Lanka, Phnom Penh; Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel, Memphis, Tennessee; and Dr. Emily Holmes, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee. The Seminar was followed by a surprise performance by a troupe of Harpswell’s own beautiful and talented Apsara dancers.

The Venerable Yos Hut Kemacaro
The Venerable Yos Hut Kemacaro





Dr. Emily Holmes
Dr. Emily Holmes





Rabbi Micah Greenstein
Rabbi Micah Greenstein

















Alumnae Day Gala Dinner, January 9, 2016

January 9, 2016: Alumnae Day where twelve Alumnae spoke to the students about their journeys to Harpswell and after graduation.














































Harpswell Tenth Year Anniversary Celebration, January 9,2016

January 9, 2016: Alumnae Day and Harpswell’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Over 50 alumnae came to join Harpswell students and distinguished guests at the Great Hall at the TT Dormitory to mark the day with a panel presentation by inspirational leaders in their fields. Twelve Alumnae spoke to the students about their journeys to Harpswell and after graduation.


















Ten Harpswell Students - Number One in Their Class Last Year

Congratulations to our students who were number one in their classes in 2014-2015!





Ieng Malin-Banking and Finance





Ly Sereyrath-Law(Khmer and Japanese)





Ith Zolinda-Law





Try Sophea-Law/ELBBL





Ngeth Samphors-Accounting





Vong Veasna-French





Len Sievlan-Global Issues





Huot Kimhuoy-Engineering





Doeurn Seyha-Food Tech. & Chemical Engineering





Sokea Soren-Mathematics


Harpswell Welcomes the Class of 2019

Parents, students, Alumnae, Leadership Residents and staff joined together yesterday for a welcoming ceremony and celebratory lunch prepared by Harpswell students and staff.





Harpswell Welcomes the Class of 2019





Harpswell Welcomes the Class of 2019





Harpswell Welcomes the Class of 2019





Harpswell Welcomes the Class of 2019





Parents and new students sign commitment letter.





New student introduction





Parents and new student enjoy a meal


New American Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt, Visits Harpswell





New American Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt Visits Harpswell

We are delighted to receive a visit from our new American Ambassador to Cambodia, William Heidt on International Day of the Girl. This is what the Ambassador said about Harpswell, "Harpswell Foundation is a U.S.-based NGO that offers talented young women from the provinces an opportunity to help themselves and their community by assisting them with education, housing, and leadership training. The women of Harpswell are studying at some of Cambodia’s best universities, and the first graduates of the program are already going on to do amazing things in Cambodia and beyond." We are very honored to have spent time with Ambassador Heidt and Mrs. Heidt.


New Harpswell Alumnae Association Officers





The incoming officers, left to right, are: Prom Savada, Ly Chanmakara, Srun Keavatey, and Chheng Sivgech.





The outgoing officers, left to right, are: Heng Savry, Kith Marady, Theang Sithat, Kaing Menghun, Yang Leaphea, and Khourn Chantevy (not in the photo).

Congratulations to the newly-elected officers of the Harpswell Alumnae Association (HAA)! Heartfelt thanks to the outgoing officers, who have worked so hard and done so much to create and sustain the HAA. We are so grateful for your commitment to Harpswell and your sisters, and for all that you do.


New Executive Director, Alison Pavia





Alison Pavia

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new executive director of the Harpswell Foundation, Alison Pavia. Alan Lightman, the previous executive director, will continue as chair of the board. Alison comes to the Harpswell Foundation with over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit, corporate and legal sectors. She was most recently the Executive Director of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, a non-profit working in global mental health which trains indigenous health workers and establishes trauma treatment systems in post-conflict settings (including Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya). Prior to joining PCAF in 2009, Ms. Pavia was the founding Executive Director of ReServe, and has worked as a consultant with Living Cities, the National Community Development Initiative. She began her career as an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and at Pavia & Harcourt, specializing in international corporate and banking law. She serves on the boards of ReServe and the Riverdale Neighborhood House, serves on the Advisory Board of Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity of Hunter College, and is a trustee of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Ms. Pavia has a JD from Columbia Law School and BA from Brown University, where she majored in History and Chinese language. She has worked and traveled extensively, and is fluent in French and Italian. She is married to Franz Paasche, and is the mother of three daughters. Alison can be reached at mail@harpswellfoundation.org .


Harpswell Winners- Write On! International & Cambodian Competition

Harpswell first year student Len Sievlan was a Cambodia National Grand Prize winner in Peace Corps' Write On! Competition, and she placed second place for her grade level for the International Prize. Harpswell third year student Roeurm Chanra placed third for the International Prize for her grade level.

Click here to read full text of the winning essays.


Ambassador William Todd praises Harpswell Foundation





Ambassador
William
Todd

On the occasion of International Women's Day in March 2015, American Ambassador to Cambodia William Todd talks about the Harpswell Foundation in his official blog:
Click here to read full text


Parents' Visiting Day, January 11, 2015



Parents in the Hall of Great Women

About 120 parents of our students came from all over Cambodia for Parents' Day on January 11, 2015. Our program began with a welcome from Varony and Alan. Then Alan presented a short leadership seminar, highlighting the accomplishments of some of our graduates. After that, several students sung a traditional Cambodian song honoring the parents. Then a representative of each class gave a speech.

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

After a short break, our students presented a critical analysis of a news article from the Cambodia Daily, a core part of our in-house curriculum. We ended with smot singing by Sreypov Pheun, one of the leading young smot singers of Cambodia.



Greeting arriving visitors in the courtyard



Varony gives a welcome speech



Students sing a song to honor their parents. Left to right: Zolinda, Samphors, Maraty, Sreysrors, Kimlai, and Viphea



Len Sievlan speaks on behalf of first-year students



Chhon Sophearat speaks on behalf of second-year students



Teang Kanha speaks on behalf of third-year students



Ngoun Mouyny speaks on behalf of fourth-year students



Ploat Mlaichan demonstrates a Cambodia Daily discussion



Sreypov sings smot



Musicians perform with Sreypov


Harpswell West, Thanksgiving 2014

Harpswell West



Nine Harpswell graduates now doing post graduate studies (with scholarships) in the U.S. spent the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday at Alan and Jean Lightman's home in Concord, Massachusetts. Left to right, they are: Rada Chhorn HF 2013, masters degree in psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego; Makara Ly HF 2014, fellowship at Rhodes College in Memphis; Sokngim Kim HF 2012, bachelor degree in engineering at University of Georgia in Athens; Vatey Srun HF 2014, fellowship at Bowdoin College in Brunswick; Len Leng HF 2014, fellowship at Bowdoin College in Brunswick; Limheang Heng HF 2011, masters degree in legal mediation at University of Massachusetts in Lowell; Bopha Chea HF 2014, fellowship at Rhodes College in Memphis; Kalyan Yim HF 2010, masters degree in social work at Columbia University in New York; Savada Prom HF 2010, masters degree in law at American University in Washington DC.



Harpswell Class of 2018

Class of 2018



Harpswell Class of 2018- We are happy to welcome the 16 members of the Harpswell Class of 2018. Our new students come from 8 provinces. Thirteen of them received a score on the National High School Examination of 99 percentile or higher, and nine of them received a score of 99.5 percentile or higher.


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 2017.



Students and Alan on Closing Day, 30 August 2017.


Women in Public Service Award to Harpswell

Three Harpswell graduates, Yang Leaphea (Harpswell 2011), Kith Marady (Harpswell 2010), and Khan Sophy (Harpswell 2010) have just been awarded the Marissa Wesely Women in Public Service Project Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership. This award "recognizes inspiring dedication to civic leadership and demonstrated commitment to public service." The Women in Public Service Project is a part of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative, founded by Hillary Clinton in 2011 and based in Washington DC. The award is named after Marissa Wesely, a long-standing advocate for gender equity and an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations seeking to advance women's rights and leadership participation, including the Global Fund for Women. Ms. Wesely is a partner at the global law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and has been recognized for many years as a leading lawyer in banking and finance.



Yang Leaphea



Khan Sophy



Kith Marady


Sophy graduated from the Royal University of Law and Economics (Phnom Penh) with major in law in 2010, and masters in law degree in 2013. In 2010 and 2011, she worked with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Since early 2012, she has been working as project assistant with Interethnic Peace Building (IEPB). Then she was promoted to be Program Manager of Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT). ACT is the one of a few organizations working to promote peace and tolerance among people of different ethnicity, religions and cultures.

Marady graduated from the Royal University of Law and Economics with a major in law in 2010 She won a one-year scholarship for post graduate studies at Bowdoin College (US), 2011-2012. After returning to the US, Marady worked as a project manager for an NGO called Cambodia Cares, which matches volunteers with community projects in the Phnom Penh area. For the last year, Marady has worked as a legal advisor for HBS law firm in Phnom Penh. Marady continues to spend most of her weekends volunteering for community service projects in Phnom Penh.

Leaphea graduated from the Royal University of Law and Economics with a major in law in 2011. She then won a one-year scholarship for post graduate studies at Agnes Scott College (US), 2011-2012. While at Harpswell, she was the top Team Leader in the dormitory at Teuk Thla. After her year in the US, Leaphea worked for one year as a gender trainer in the NGO Gender and Development for Cambodia. Here she had to prepare and provide trainings to people in rural areas, university students, and government officials, research and do reports. Lephea was the principal organizer of the One Billion Rising event in Cambodia, a worldwide effort to draw attention to violence against women. Leaphea now works with Marady as a legal advisor for HBS law firm in Phnom Penh.


Mayoral Proclamation



Mayoral Proclamation honoring the Harpswell Foundation, Memphis Tennessee, February 8, 2014

We had a second event of Memphis Cambodia (see full description below) on February 8, during which Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell named February 8, 2014 as Memphis Cambodia Day in Memphis and Shelby County and delivered an official Mayoral Proclamation to our two Harpswell graduates in Memphis, Lina and Bormey. The Proclamation honors Harpswell and the Belief in Education and Hope


To see a new, 3-minute video in which one of our 2011 graduates tells her life story, how she grew up in a small hut with no electricity or plumbing and faced a life of farming and being married off at age 15. CLICK HERE!