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


Football In Phnom Penh


With the hard work and organisation of Mong (our football coach) and the help of another local charity (Glade børn i Cambodja) some of our older football team members got the chance to go up to Phnom Penh and play a match at the Phnom Penh Crown Football club. It was a huge opportunity for them to see the rewards of hard work and dedication. All of the students attend training regularly and love the game, which showed in the result, winning 3-1.

They all retuned exhausted but happy after their fantastic new experience and ready to work even harder in training!

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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in 2015


Settling In

While we steadily move through the finishing touches (painting and refurbishing etc) the children have been getting used to their new center. The extra space is making all the difference, enabling different activities to take place at the same time without anyone getting in the way of each other.

The library is proving very popular as a quiet place to escape to, it is rare to walk past it without one or two silent readers inside. The generous donations of new toys and books have made things even better!







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Posted by on October 21, 2015 in 2015


Our New Center!


The new build is complete! After 8 weeks of extremely hard work by the orkidstudio team and our local workers the center is open. It is unrecognisable from the old concrete box we had before. The site has been completely opened up and turned into a beautiful flowing space, which inspires creativity and learning.

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The children and staff love it and we are all excited to steadily move into the place and make it home. There is still planting and painting to do which we will get all the children involved in, ensuring they really feel it is their place.

We hope that the new space will encourage more of the adults in the community to use the center for themselves too, whether it is for a space to escape to or to come and use the library and computers. As the building process has been so open to input and help from the local community there is a real sense of ownership over the space so we hope it should have a hugely positive impact on the community here.

A huge, huge thank you to Orkidstudio for this amazing gift!


Posted by on September 7, 2015 in 2015


Half Way There!


The sun has been out, giving us a huge helping hand in the last few weeks. The project is coming along nicely, with our concrete frame (the most time consuming part of the build) now behind us.

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Due to poor access to the site all the concrete had to be carried off small trucks in buckets, so it was a LOT of hard work for the team. They managed to do it, and kept smiles on their faces at the same time.

Now it is time for the exciting stuff, with the roof arriving and the rooms taking shape! You can really now get a feel for how much open space we will have when the project is finished. Truly astonishing!

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Posted by on August 1, 2015 in 2015


The Two Week Mark


The build has been under way for 2 weeks and it is looking great so far, despite constant battles against the weather and sickness. There is a team of 15 Orkidstudio members and 15 locals working side by side (both men and women) and everyone is working really hard to get things done. Luckily when planning the build, unforeseen challenges were accounted for, so we are not too far off target.  Now we need to keep our fingers crossed for a kind rainy season!

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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in 2015


Dentist Visit

M’lop Tapang had their volunteer dentists into clinic this week and invited us to attend. We took along 34 of our students for a thorough check up. Our fabulous member of staff Kolab supervised the visit and the children were all very well behaved (if a little nervous!).

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Many of our children have problems with there teeth so it was great to get so many of them in and seen. As ever a big thanks to M’lop Tapang for their fantastic work and all their support.

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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in 2015


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