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Special Note From A Guest: Harpswell Foundation’s Music Program


My name is Jocelyn and I have been living in Phnom Penh as a volunteer teacher with the Harpswell Foundation and a volunteer at Mercy Clinic.

If you are not familiar with the Harpswell Foundation ( it is an amazing organization that provides dormitory housing, scholarships to university and additional education to women from the provinces with the goal of raising up female leaders in Cambodia. I live in the dormitory with the women, so it is just me and 50 Khmer women (it’s rather chaotic but I love them all).

Back in May, I raised enough support to buy a nice digital piano to have in the dorm and began a music program here for the women at Harpswell. I currently teach piano to about 20 students. Unfortunately, I have to return to the US next month to finish my schooling and have been desperately searching for a way for the music program to continue at Harpswell after I leave but have not had much success. The girls love learning music so much! They already have the piano here and have begun learning and really want to keep learning.

Is there anyone who would be willing to either come teach these amazing women, to help fund someone to teach, or to get me in contact with someone who could?

If you would like more information, you can contact me through my email: [email protected].

I can put you in contact with the founder of Harpswell (Dr. Alan Lightman), the Director of Harpswell (Alison Pavia) or the manager (Ton Ing).

I appreciate any help or recommendations you would be willing to offer so that these amazing women can continue to learn music. Thank you!


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