As of March 2021, Michael writes:
News from Marin is that COVID is spreading once again in Cambodia. The government has shut down all schools in and around Phnom Penh. KCEO is a ways north of there, and so far they’ve been able to remain open. We will have to see what happens. Of course if the virus spreads, KCEO may have to close again. So as always, donations to KCEO are crucial and may be especially important if KCEO has to close once more.
Note that this contrasts strongly with our last update from Fall 2020, via Cathy:
KCEO is open again!!! The Cambodian government has officially allowed both the government schools to reopen as well as small schools such as KCEO. This has been a very difficult time for many folks in Cambodia. The weather has been unusually hot and dry making the physical labor of farming almost impossible. Marin had returned to the fields planting rice and a new crop, sugar cane as his position with World Vision had terminated due to the lack of funding and Covid. Farming has always been necessary to feed his family and secure enough rice for the upcoming year. They have had to pump water from the local river which has increased the expense of his crop. Along with the reopening of school the good news is World Vision has acknowledged Marin’s hard work with a grant to support the teaching of English and Life Skills. Nevertheless your support is greatly appreciated and needed!! Marin remembers each and everyone of you individually so seeing your names and remembering our time together is powerful and cherished. Thank you from all of his family!!!