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I Believe We Can Fly!

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This week we have been joined in the center by Julian, who is here to run a recycled plastic kite making workshop with the children. It has been fantastic and the children have really engaged with it. It was very well planned and in depth, involving presentations and videos on the environment and recycling along with practical activities. This allowed the children to really connect with what they were doing and gave them a greater appreciation for the process.

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It began with a village clean up, with the all children heading out and collecting up old plastic bags. There are hundreds of them here, so they had plenty to do. These were then washed and hung to dry in the sun. After this came bamboo collection, again done around the village, with the pieces being cut to the right size. The children then learned how to prepare the plastic and how to stick it together with an iron (so producing no extra waste). They were fascinated to learn the process. After this the kites were assembled and it was time to fly! It was beautiful to see.

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It was a great project and really gave the children the chance to work together. We will definitely keep it up!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in 2015

 

Christmas and the New Year

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Somehow Christmas snuck up on us again and it was time for our Christmas party. Thanks to some generous donations from many of you we were able to make sure it was a great one! So a big thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

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The teachers had organised the day to include performances of songs and dances and lots of games to join in or watch. We also had food for everyone, fried rice and curry, lovingly cooked by some friends of the center. It seemed like the entire village had heard about the food as the volunteers ended up having to work very hard and gave out well over 200 plates of food!

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The children also received some apples and soft drinks along with pencils and books for school, with some special prizes being given out to top students and performers. It was a lovely afternoon and the children really enjoyed themselves. It is so nice to be able to bring everyone together for one afternoon and celebrate our friendship.

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After a short Christmas break it was back to work. We had the Regner family with us from Sweden. They had done a lot of fundraising through their martial arts center (Hjärups Budoklubb – Combat Jujutsu) and had arrived to pass it on. It was a wonderful surprise! We spent the money carrying out a mega food drop, supplying 25 families with rice, fish, oil, soy sauce and for a New Year treat some fruit. It was such a lovely thing to be able to do. Our food drop is so valuable to our poorest families, really alleviating the financial strain off them for the month, but due to our funding restrictions we are only able to include 3 or 4 families per month (done on rotation). To provide it so many people all at once was a fantastic way to begin the New Year!

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The Regners also spent money buying many supplies for the center and spent a few days getting to know us all. It was a huge bonus for the center, really helping us out. A huge thank you to them and everyone in the Jujutsu center who donated!

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in 2015

 

Boxing Class

We have recently been lucky enough to have some boxing classes at the center. Patrick has been here to teach few beginner sessions and hopes to run a few more. The children have loved it and pick it up very quickly. It is a disciplined sport and builds the confidence of those involved (strictly boxing the pads and not each other!!).

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The children have loved having a new challenge, and some of them are getting pretty good. As you can imagine in the heat it is also pretty tiring, so it makes for quieter classes for the teachers afterward! A big thank you to Patrick to take the time to come in and we look forward to the next class.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in 2014

 

Fun in the Sun!

It was everyone’s favorite time of year again, beach time! 50 of us, including some of our older students to help out, packed into vans and onto motorbikes and headed to the Small Beach Bar. We spent the first half hour doing our regular beach clear up (though fantastically the whole area was cleaner than normal already), splitting into 3 groups to get the widest area covered.

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Then it was time for the fun to begin with everyone racing into the water with life vests and rubber rings to wreck havock! It was awesome, I think some of them could have stayed playing forever!

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Then to revive us all Mom and the staff had prepared fried rice with chicken and vegetables, for them all, delicious and nutritious! Then to top it all off Henrik and Mom brought everyone ice-cream. A very happy trip to say the least!

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2014 in 2014

 

Our Video

A brief look at what the center does.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in 2012

 

A Fond Farewell

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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!

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in 2012, 2014

 

Container Part 2: Computers and Other Charities

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!

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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!

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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in 2014

 
 
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