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Container Part One: Unpacking and Clothes

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.

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Up to the school to unpack our new supplies.

 

 

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Everyone was lending a hand!

 

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Sokheang was very pleased with his new class room.

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.

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We can stack the tables easily to make more space for everyone too.

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!

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Singing while we waited to give the clothes out.

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The morning group all waited very nicely.

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Even though it was raining!

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Everyone got something.

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The afternoon bunch posing for a picture or 2.

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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in 2012

 

New Sports Kits

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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.

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in 2012

 

Some Art

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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.

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in 2012

 

A Bit of a Face Lift

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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.

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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!

 

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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!

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in 2012

 

Times of Change

So it is time to say a huge congratulations to Ney (one of our long term teachers) who has just given birth to two beautiful baby girls. She will be off for a number of months to take care of our communities newest members and we wish her all the best while she is away.

It is also time for a huge hello to our newest member of staff Srey Touch. She has joined our team to cover for Ney while she is away (taking care of Ney’s students) and then to move to a new role for the center and become a social worker. Once Ney is back Touch will join with M’lop Tapang to undertake the training and will then work closely within the community to help address the many issues which families have here and ensure our center is providing the best possible services for them.

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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in 2012

 

Back to the Beach

Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

Rainy season is nearly back around, the year seams to have passed so quickly! So before the clouds role in we decided it was time for another beach trip. As is the routine we started with a beach clean up. It had just been a Khmer holiday, meaning the beach had been very busy so there was lots of rubbish. The children all joined in without a grumble and we got lots done.

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Once the boring stuff was out the way it was into the water with the inflatables for lots of splashing, football on the beach and sand castles. The children loved it! They get to go to the beach so rarely that they really make the most of it and enjoy every minute.

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Once appetites were sufficiently built up it was into the Small Beach Bar for some delicious food and then out to wait for the van to pick us up. The children were all fantastically well behaved and we were lucky enough to have a few of our older students come along to help us watch them all, so the day was fun for us all. None of us can wait till next time.

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Posted by on June 2, 2014 in 2012

 

Football Competition Time

A huge thank you to M’lop Tapang who organised a fantastic football tournament over the last few days. It was for under thirteen year olds and there were 10 teams playing. The older members of the team came along to support too, along with a few friends and family members so there was a lovely atmosphere over the whole three days.

 

Starting Line-Up

Starting Line-Up

Our kids did really well, finishing fourth overall after loosing in the semi finals. Our earlier results were all resounding victories with lots of goals so all the players have come away feeling really proud of themselves. They are improving all the time and we are sure it wont be long before they are lifting the cup for themselves.

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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in 2012

 
 
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