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Early Years Staff Training

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We have been lucky enough to have a preschool teacher volunteering with us recently. We decided it would be nice to get the staff together and go over some teaching techniques along with the different areas and ways of learning. We spent a while then coming up with new activities for the coming weeks which incorporated these. The staff really seemed to pick it up and understood that learning takes place through many forms. We also did a first aid refresher for good measure.

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We have not had time to do all of the activities planned yet, but the ones we have done have been very popular with the children, with different art lessons, exercise, story telling and exploring the local environment. Lots of fun!

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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in 2017

 

Christmas Party and Lots of Presents

Our Christmas party was once again a lot of fun. We had been preparing all month for it, rehearsing songs, dances and plays, as well as making decorations. While obviously most Cambodian families don’t celebrate Christmas it is a great excuse to bring everyone together for a day of fun. Lots of parents and relatives turned up for it which always makes it extra special, for us and the children.

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This year we were very generously donated hundreds of T-shirts and school sets from One Coin, so everyone got something to take home along with their normal bag of apples and soft drinks.

Another highlight was the costume show. M’lop Tapang let us borrow some of their traditional performance costumes along with descriptions to when they are warn. Everyone seemed to love learning a little bit about their cultural background and significance.

A big thank you to everyone that lent a hand!

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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in 2016

 

Season’s Greetings!

Christmas is nearly upon us and the center is getting ready for it’s annual party. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our friends and supporters for all their help. Without you, none of this would be possible! We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and the New Year brings you happiness beyond measure. THANK YOU!!

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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in 2016

 

Football!

Mong, our lovely football coach, has finished his final university exams and new job training in the last few weeks. This means he has time to come back to the center and start a new football team (our older players continue to play). With the help of Sokheang, our equally lovely assistant manager, they invited the children into the center on Sunday to register names and try out a few drills to see what they could do. A few of the older team showed up to give pointers too. We also had a fair few girls which is fantastic!

It is always great to get the children involved in activities on Sundays as there is little else for them to do, so with extra football and our school Olympic trips, things are looking up!

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None of these activities would be possible without the continued donations of our supporters, so thank you all so much!!

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in 2016

 

Eco-Soap Bank

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The center has now joined forces with the Eco-Soap Bank. The idea behind the project is a simple one, in a country where poor sanitation is a leading factor in child illness and death, access to soap and knowledge about hygiene is crucial.

Eco-Soap Bank saw a way to increase this access by collecting all the old unwanted soaps from the many hotels in Cambodia (which otherwise would often end up in landfill), sanitising and reprocessing them, and then distributing them for free into the poorer areas of the community along with healthcare lessons.

The project has been a success in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh so we are hoping to follow suit. We have a team of women (all of who are relatives of our students) from underprivileged backgrounds now working on the project, earning themselves a much needed income.

It is a slow process of getting more and more hotels on board. Presently the women only work a few hours a week, producing enough soap for our area. Once the quantities collected go up and we can produce more, we will utilise our local NGO partners to distribute the soaps more widely across the province into the areas which really need it.

It is a fantastic project and we are very thankful to be a part of it!

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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in 2016

 

School Olympics

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Every Friday after English classes we have School Olympics. Every student is assigned a team (led by one of the teachers), we make sure the teams are an equal mix of ages. They stay in these teems for the next month of Fridays and compete in various sporting challenges, from relay races of all kinds, team tournaments of football or dodge-ball, to funny party games. Each week scores are recorded and the team with the highest number of points at the end of the month are the winners. They then get to go on a trip out as a reward. We have been to places like Molly golf Mini-golf (who very kindly let us play for free), to swim at the waterfalls, and to the cinema, so lots of fun!

It is a lovely thing to do on a Friday (although sometimes tiring!!) and a great way to make sure all the students mix and get to know each other, rather than staying in their set classes. It is also encouraging some of our less diligent students to make sure they attend. So far so good!

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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in 2016

 

Weekly Group Projects

Once a week we get our children to do group projects. These cover a range of subjects including science, geography, history and human interest. For example some of our recent topics included coming up with new inventions and making adverts for them, exploring and  mapping our local area, carrying out surveys of the other students (favourite food/subject/colour etc) and making bar charts, making up plays about good and bad ways to behave in certain situations and inventing new superheros.

We introduce the topic in one large group and explain the aims/discuss ideas. Children are then divided up into groups and have an allotted time to complete the task (with help/guidance from the teachers), before returning to the larger group and presenting what they have done to the rest of the children and staff. This is sometime just done over one session, or for bigger topics, can span a few weeks. This means they are not only learning about the specific subjects we cover, but also how to be confident in presenting their ideas to others. It has been lovely so far and the children are really taking to it. Any suggestions for projects are welcome!

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in 2016