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The students always love to try their hand at something new, so it was great to have some friends of the centre in to run a few science experiments. The children do not get that mush exposure to science, so it is great to teach them something different. We ran all sorts of experiments including floating eggs, holes in balloons and of course vinegar rockets!

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Allowing the students to learn through doing is so important, so we made sure everyone got to join in and had a lot of fun doing so. We are looking forward to the next lessons!

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in 2016

 

Khmer New Year Party

We have just finished celebrating Khmer New Year here in Cambodia. It is always a fantastically fun time to be in the country with lots of parties and powder fights. Many businesses close down and most people go to spend the holidays with their families, often out in the countryside.

To mark the even we held our annual Khmer New Year Party. It was great, lots of games, dancing, laughing and eating. As always our wonderful staff did a great job at hosting it and making sure all the children and their families had a good time.

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There are many traditional Khmer games to play at this time of year, clay pot breaking, tug of wars, different chasing games, eating contests. We managed to get through a fair few of them and everybody got to join in at some point. Last of all the children got to eat all the fruit we had brought, obviously a little messy but delicious, before heading off on their holidays.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in 2016

 

Lots of Art, Lots of Helpers, Lots of Fun!

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We have had an intensive few weeks of art and dance classes with many friends of the center calling in to run different sessions. The children have really enjoyed it. From making clay elephants, to tie-dye and jewellery making the children have been spoiled for choice.

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We have way too many photos to chose from and we are saving the dance videos as some of the steps will make an appearance in our Khmer New Year celebrations. A huge thank you to Sandi, Jo, Frank, Rich, Phill, Mikki and Marah for making it so much fun!

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2016 in 2016

 

A New Technique

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We have been very lucky to be joined at the center by Elizabet and Sandra, a psychologist and social worker respectively, and art school members. They have been running a variety of workshops designed to get children to express their creativity in different forms and discover a new way of learning. The students seemed to really engage in the tasks and loved using their imaginations so much. Everything involved a process of discussions and free thought, play acting and hands on making/painting/playing. It was a great chance for the staff to discover new teaching methodologies.

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All the workshops were lots of fun with everyone giggling away. It was a really lovely experience and one which has taught us all a lot here about creative ways of approaching learning which we will definitely be utilizing from now on.

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Posted by on March 10, 2016 in 2016

 

Lots of Helpers

We have been really lucky recently to be joined at the center by some friends who have come to run activities with the children and generally help us out.

Patrick returned to teach some boxing classes. The children love it and learned very quickly. He also brought us new toothbrush and toothpaste supplies to ensure our kids have the cleanest teeth around.

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Charlie, Tara and Jake have been here, helping us to get some of the final touches done to the center. They are also building us a Wendy house and painting a mural to brighten up the playground.

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Istvan, a teacher in town, has been doing some geography lessons and passing on some of his favorite games and activities to our teachers.

We have even more visitors arriving through February and March so it should be fun few months!

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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in 2015

 

Christmas Party and Hopes for the New Year

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We had our Christmas party last week. It was great fun! The staff had to work very hard as sadly a few of them have been sick so unable to work. It didn’t stop any of them having a good time though. The layout of the new center meant we had way more room to play games and for people to watch. It was lovely to have our first big party there and to see many of the faces who helped to build it.

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We played lots of silly games, had song, dance and play performances, and presents for our students, along with apples, cake and soft drinks for everyone in attendance.

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Looking ahead for the new year we hope to complete the playground and garden. We want to continue to encourage the adults of the area to utilize the space, especially the library and to continue to make sure the children have a fun place to learn. Wishing everyone the best for 2016!

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2016 in 2015

 

Clean Beach and Happy Kids

Sihanoukville is gradually becoming a cleaner place thanks to some great new initiatives by local businesses and organisations. Compared to a few years ago you can really see the difference with far less rubbish strew about on the roads and beaches but here is still a long way to go. On our recent beach trip we made sure we did a big clean up first to help the effort.

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The kids were great and more than happy to get some cleaning done. We made sure they had lots of fun after, swimming and playing on the (sparklingly clean) beach. It is always fantastic to get away from the center for the day and do something completely different. As always, everyone had a great time!

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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in 2012

 
 
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