Trevor and Agnieszka Gile first visited Cambodia in 2002 and fell in love with the country and its people. Coming from humble beginnings in the Seattle area, Trevor recognized that the opportunities he had did not exist for those in the developing world. He believed that the big equalizer would be to provide opportunities for those who could take advantage of them. For Agnieszka, Cambodia reminded her of her home country of Poland with so many years of oppression and World War II genocide. She was determined to give the children of Cambodia this new opportunity.
Encouraged by the theory that instead of giving a man a fish, you teach a man to fish, Trevor and Agnieszka began extensive research and planning to develop the concept of Liger Leadership Academy. Attracting a great team of specialists from all areas of education and non-profit development, they created a new type of organization providing resources and guidance for promising children as a long-term investment to help the entire society. The first Liger Leadership Academy was opened in 2012 and today hosts 110 students.
The Liger Timeline
Trevor and Agnieszka First Visit Cambodia
The Liger Charitable Foundation and Work Begins on the Liger Leadership Academy (LLA)
Land is Purchased and Construction Begins on LLA
The Liger Leadership Academy Opens and Recruitment Begins
The First Cohort of 50 students arrives at LLA
Recruitment Begins for the Second Cohort of LLA Students
Additional Land is Purchased to Expand and Construction Begins on the New Senior Campus
Second Cohort of 60 Students Arrives at LLA
The Liger Charitable Foundation was founded in July 2009 as a private foundation under 501(c)(3). In May 2017, it received approval from the IRS to be treated as a public charity looking back to January 2012. In August, it applied for a D/B/A as Liger Leadership Academy Foundation.