Woman Harvesting Paddy Rice, 1995, by Svay Ken
Khmer-Buddhist Education Project (KEAP) was founded in 1988 to address the challenges of Buddhist renewal in Cambodia following decades of war and social upheaval, including the near-destruction of Buddhism and all forms of religious and spiritual life in the country during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s. We initially worked with the Buddhist wats (the traditional pagoda or temple) in the Khmer refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border that were established in the early 1980s by our honorary founding patron, the late Ven. Maha Ghosananda.
Among other activities, we organized "Buddhism and community development" training workshops for the displaced Khmer in preparation for their repatriation and carried this rehabilitation work to provinces in northwestern Cambodia at the time of the 1992-93 repatriation. Part of our work then included donating more than 16,000 Dharma texts and audio-visual materials in Khmer language to wats, educational organizations, and individuals in many parts of the country.
Today, KEAP is an international "friends of Buddhism in Cambodia" humanitarian organization assisting with the education and learning needs of Cambodian monks, nuns, and laypersons and primarily providing scholarships in higher education in Buddhist studies to young men and women. We are devoted to harnessing the wheel of the Dharma to create a culture of peace, reconciliation, and people-centered development in Cambodia. KEAP serves as a bridge between Buddhist and non-Buddhist donors abroad and selected local Buddhist educational initiatives Cambodia.
Please explore this website to learn more about Cambodia, its beautiful people and their Khmer-Buddhist culture, and how you can become involved in helping with Cambodia's long-term process of recovery.
Goals and Objectives
KEAP is registered in the State of Colorado (USA) as a tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit corporation to operate for the following charitable educational purposes:
The People on April 18th 1975, 1995, Svay Ken
About KEAP's Honorary Founder
Samdech Preah Maha Ghosananda
Venerable Maha Ghosananda, frequently called the "Gandhi of Cambodia", is our honorary founding patron and his teachings and life example continue to inspire us, as they first did over thirty-five years ago. Through the peace and reconcilation walks that he led, perhaps no single individual was more responsible for ending the civil war that continued to plague Cambodia from the end of the Khmer Rouge era until the late 1990s. Maha Ghosananda was also a strong voice for interfaith dialogue and respect, traveling to every part of the world to lend his voice - often only a few cogent words! - to the cause of world peace. Learn more about Maha Ghosananda.
The byline on our header above, "Step by step, every step is a prayer, for peace!", is an ofter repeated quote by Maha Ghosananda.
See Maha Ghosananda interviewed
by Ram Dass (a terrific exchange).
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The column to your left explains in detail the Khmer-Buddhist Education Assistance Project and its mission. Thank you for visiting our site.
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The paintings on this page - and the many others throughout this website - is by Svay Ken, who was an artistic visonary and pioneer of Cambodian contemporary art. Learn more about Svay Ken, our collection of his work, and how you may purchase this work to support KEAP.
A Boy During the Pol Pot Regime,
1993, Svey Ken