“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” ~ Matthew 28:19-20 ~
The founders of SALT Ministries had been educated in part at Seventh-day Adventist schools. On graduating from a public university, Tim and Wendy Maddocks moved to Western Samoa, where Tim taught science in a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school. Three years later the family moved to Fiji, where Tim continued to teach Science at the Adventist school called Fulton College. It was therefore natural that God should lead Tim and Wendy to establish a Seventh-day Adventist School at Wat Preah Yesu. The school began in 1999 as a literacy school for poor children. In the year 2004, the school was officially recognised by the Cambodian government as a Primary school. Having a Seventh-day Adventist School is important as the government schools all open on Saturdays and many schools will not allow children to have Saturdays off.
“Educating for Eternity” ~ CAS-K Motto
Today (2014) CAS-K has around 320 students studying in grades K-12. The primary school (K-6) is recognized by the Cambodian Government. The school is registered as one of the Cambodia Adventist Mission rural schools, but is operated and funded by SALT Ministries. The school body consists of children from Wat Preah Yesu orphanage, the surrounding villages, and about 55 boarding students. The school is not operated sustainability because none of our church members children or the children from non-Christian homes could afford to pay the sustainable school fee. At present we charge a nominal fee of around USD100 per student per year, and the yearly fee for the boarding students is USD460, but many families are too poor to pay this.
The primary school students learn all the core subjects in Khmer and English. They also have various Bible, art, computer, and music classes. We are also looking at introducing a tailored health/medical missionary class to the primary school. The majority of the primary school classes are taught by dedicated Cambodian teachers, some of whom are former graduates.
The lower high school, (7-10) study mostly in English.. They have all the core subjects, plus Bible, music, sewing, cooking, tech studies/mechanics, photography, and computer. The upper grades, (11 & 12) study the LIGHT (Lay Institute of Global Health Training) course from the Philippines. This includes, Bible/Evangelism, public speaking, medical missionary/health (including hydrotherapy and massage), business math, English and a whole range of vocational activities including cooking, sewing, computer, media production, mechanics, and gardening. The majority of the high school classes are taught by volunteers from many different places in the world. Some stay for a year or more, some only a few months, but their service is much appreciated.
The school is as much a faith venture as SALT Ministries’ other activities. Each month we pray that sufficient funds will come in to keep the school open for another month, and each year that God will send the teachers to keep the programs and classes going. God has been good to our school giving not only a lovely buildings, but also a dedicated staff and keen children.