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Doris Dillon School in Cambodia

Empowering rural communities through education.

In 2007, Bret Harte Middle School and Leland High School students in San Jose, CA chose to raise funds to build a middle school in the rural Cambodian village of Sangker Doch in Kampot province. They named it The Doris Dillon School to honor a nationally acclaimed elementary teacher who taught locally for many years before dying of ALS in 2001. 

We've created education projects to support all students' education through high school and university to fully enable each student to create a career path which best realizes each student's gifts and passions. We've become one of the top-ranked village schools nationally, based on 9th grade national examination results. 

And, we've worked with village families to develop health and sustainability projects to help each family create a better future.

Our life here in Silicon Valley contrasts in so many ways with our many visits to our school. We are committed to finding ways to expose students to the myriad technologies that are shaping our world, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and software engineering in general.

Take the example of Nvidia's Drive PX AI computing platform for driverless cars. It will deliver over 320 trillion operations per second, more than 10 times the performance of its predecessor system. It equals the AI performance of a 100-server data center. And, all this power will come in a computer that is "roughly the size of a license plate," according to CEO Jensen Huang.

Join us in this effort to help students in a remote village in Cambodia discover their roles in bettering the world through transformative technologies.

 

Note: 100% of all donations will be used to fund projects and programs for village students, alumni, teachers, and families. No funds will ever be used to fund administrative expenses and board member travel and expenses.

You can double your donation, if you work for a company with a Matching Gift program, by applying for a matching donation from your company. We are registered with most of the organizations that manage matching gift programs for companies (e.g., benevity, Your Cause, Network for Good). Click on the Take Action button at the bottom of this page if you want to donate funds to our projects and programs.

Read our latest newsletters!

Thanks to the hard work of our summer intern, Ms. Anna Che, we now have the following newsletters to share about our work! Click on the months below to read our newsletters:

Volunteer Trip News! 

  • Click on the orange button below to read about and view photos of the volunteer work of Leland seniors and their parents during their February 2019 vacation break.

  • Click on the orange button below to read about and view photos of

    West Valley College Society of Global Citizens January 2019 volunteer trip:

  • Click on the orange button below to watch West Valley student Zac Hopp’s incredible video of the West Valley student volunteers experiences:

  • Read about and view photos of the volunteer work of 28 Leland High School, San Jose students and parents at our school during their February 2018 trip!

Click on the button below to watch a video of Leland students’ and parents’ work during their volunteer trip in February 2018:

Read Sal Pizarro's article in the San Jose Mercury News about Leland students' and parents' recent  volunteer work:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/20/pizarro-san-jose-students-delivering-music-technology-to-cambodian-peers/

 

More News!

Brand New Girls’-Only Bathroom! Many many thanks to Renee and Baptiste Paquier’s donations, matched by Apple, we just finished a ‘state of the art’ girls’-only bathroom. Renee and Baptiste wanted girls to have a bathroom that they felt totally comfortable using—one that had private stalls and a sit-down toilet option, and a counter with toiletries and a mirror, and hand-washing station inside as well. It’s also tiled, for easier cleaning and disinfecting.

Click here to see the photos!

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Click on the button below to read more about why we chose to honor Doris Dillon's legacy by naming our school after her:

When Bret Harte Middle School students in the student charity group Invisible Issues decided to build a "sister school", they chose to build it in Cambodia. Click on the button below to read why:

Click on the button below to watch the video "10 Years in Cambodia" summarizing the first decade of the Doris Dillon School:

Founders Jim & Denise DeLong with Rachna and Pisey. Both had dropped out in 7th grade because of their families' poverty. We provided scholarships from 7th-12th grade and, with our continuing funding, both are now attending university. Doris Dillon's portrait is in the background.

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Jim and Denise DeLong with some of the girls on scholarship at our school. The girls are waving bags of cosmetics donated by girls from our sister school, Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose, CA. .

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No-cost ways to donate:

1. Amazon: Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchases to the charity of your choice. Here's how it works: Just go to  (its https://smile.amazon.com/ (the same site as amazon.com) and login to your Amazon account. When you're prompted to choose the charity you want Amazon to donate 0.5% of your purchases to, type in "Doris Dillon School in Cambodia." Now, whenever you want to purchase items through Amazon, just access Amazon through https://smile.amazon.com/ and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to our school.

2. Kent Laux and his wife Channy Laux, the author of Short Hair Detention, her memoir of life during the genocide, are the owners of Angkor Foods, an online business that specializes in authentic Cambodian spices, sauces, and condiments that Channy has created. They will donate 5% of all purchases to our school. Just use the following link to go to their website:

 http://www.angkorfood.com/store.html?afmc=1d