A brief look at what the center does.
The time has come to bid a very fond farewell to two of our students, Vann (far left) and Puth (center right). Both have attended our evening classes (both computer and English) for many years and have been fantastic students, both very bright and hardworking. The parting is not a sad one however as the two have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to move to live with a relative in France, opening up a new world of opportunities for them. Everyone at the Center wishes them the very best of luck in this new adventure!
Our fantastic new computers from our friends at A Heart For Cambodia are now fully operational and thanks to the dedicated fundraising efforts of Liz Morris our computer classes are now running for 2 hours five nights a week. The new computers make such a huge difference with far better software and capabilities, we even have some students now learning design on Photoshop!
As we have more computers than before we have also been able to take on a few new students and each of the classes is at full capacity. Computer literacy is such an important skill in this day and age and it is fantastic to be able to provide our community with the opportunity to study it.
We have also completed the distribution of other computers, clothes and desks from the container, with Friends of Koh Rong, Steng Hau and Painting Smiles school, all receiving computers, desks and clothes. These donations make such a huge difference to charities such as ourselves whose funding is always limited, so once again a massive THANK YOU on behalf of all of us who benefited to those who made it possible!
We have been extremely lucky recently to receive a huge amount of supplies for our center from A Heart For Cambodia. This group filled an entire container full of desks, computers and clothes and arranged for it to be shipped over to Cambodia. With importing goods normally being a struggle we did not have the highest hopes that the container would be released from the port particularly quickly, but luckily after only a few days (and with the very hard work of Runny, an AHFC contact here in Sihanoukville) the supplies were free.
The first step was to unload it all and sort through it. Luckily we had lots of help. AHFC, myself and Runny had earmarked different charities in the area which we though could benefit from the supplies and we went about dividing everything up. There was so much stuff we had to take it in a few loads up to the center. We went with the tables and clothes first.
We used the new desks to replace our old ones (which have been passed onto another charity). The main bonus is that we can easily stack these, giving us so much more space so we are not on top of each other all the time! It will make our lives a million times easier and nicer.
Clothes were distributed (along with school bags) to each of our students (along with a few items for adults in their families). It was like Christmas and great to see all the smiling faces with their shiny new clothes. They were all very grateful for their new things. A huge thank you to everyone who donated both their possessions and their time!
With their fantastic new space to practice in we decided our hard working football team deserved some new kits. They are all practicing so hard and are getting to play against lots of different teams now in different friendly matches and in weekend competitions.With taking on some new members our age range is now very spread, so although they all train together, in matches we now have a younger team and an older one. Sok Morng continues to do a fantastic job in coaching them, both in football skills and behavior, teamwork and confidence.
To go with our new paint job we decided it was time for a few more nice pictures. Some of our older students took up the task and came up with some lovely pieces.
The US Navy have just been in town and called in to help us with some much needed DIY. They were here for 5 days and what they achieved in the time was fantastic. They have fixed and extended our roof outside providing us with so much more space, sheltered from the sun and rain which is so important here. The little kids finally have somewhere to play without getting on top of each other. They have fixed our pipes at the back so we no longer have leeks and refitted the shower heads so we can get on with headlice treatments. They have also repainted the whole of the inside of the school, making it so much brighter and seem so much bigger.
A big thank you to Tessa Fletcher and Maciek for their continued support without which we would have been unable to afford the supplies and to the US Navy, who kindly donated lots of the materials too and who worked their socks off to make our center better. The kids and staff all love it!
To top off our face-lift, Kolab and some of the kids have been spending a lot of time doing up the garden. A few months in and the efforts have paid off and it is now looking beautiful!