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Half Way There!

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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

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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

 

And so it Begins…

The build has begun, or at least the demolition has! With the old building now nearly completely gone. The builders have been making good time to have the site ready for the arrival of the Orkidstudio team at the end of the month (you can also follow their blog of the build).

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Off came the roof

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The walls

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The support columns

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The floor

All the students have been relocated to a temporary building about 500 meters from the original. It is a little squashed, but allows us to continue all our lessons and activities during the 3 months build. The children don’t seem to mind at all and are all very excited to see the build begin.

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Now we need to keep our fingers crossed for a kind rainy season and a successful build!

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2015 in 2015

 

Planning a Rebuild

It is an exciting time for the Goodwill Center at the moment. In July and August we will be undergoing a rebuild courtesy of Orkidstudio. The planning process is well underway and this week we have been joined at the center by one of the trustees of Orkistudio and some architecture students. They are here to work with the children and wider community to get a good idea of what is important to them in a building, what they look for and what they like/don’t like. The idea is to create a new space which the community can really feel a part of and be proud of.

The students have used a variety of techniques to draw out ideas from the children and get them to really express themselves. The week has been a lot of fun and we cant wait for the building work to begin.

The first stage is demolition (we will be moving to a temporary building near by to continue running the center during the build) which will start on the 3rd of June. It’s not far away so for the next few weeks it is all hands on deck while we get organised. Then the rebuild will start at the end of June and be completed (all things going well) by the end of August.

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Front view of existing center.

 

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Floor plan of existing center.

 

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Side view of the new build.

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First floor lay out.

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Ground floor layout.

The 3 main ideas behind the build are to 1, provide us with more teaching space so we can increase the number of students. 2 to increase the area outside to allow more space for the children to play safely. 3 to reduce the heat of the building making it a more comfortable environment in which to learn. The build will employ a local team, some skilled, some unskilled, to work side by side with the Orkidstudio team, in the aim to learn from one another and pass on new and valuable skills.

We cant wait!

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in 2015

 

Khmer New Year Party!

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Khmer New Year is a very important time here in Cambodia. Many of our children travel to visit family, or likewise have family come to visit them. It is a time to be with loved ones and celebrate the year that has passed and the year to come. People make offerings of fruit and drinks to Buddha at which they must pray everyday for 3 days to bring luck and happiness to the family. They will also normally (obviously not everyone is Buddhist or follows the traditions) visit one of the pagodas, to pray to the ancestors of the family.

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Sack Races

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Balloon Races

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Dancing

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Pot Breaking

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Fruit Feasting

Every year to mark it the Goodwill Center has a party, and this year was no exception. We played lots of games and had lots of dancing topped off by a feast of fruit at the end. As a change to our usual leaders of ceremonies, our newest member of staff, Srey Touch, also took a turn at being on the microphone and was fantastic at it. All the children had a really good time and the staff went off happy and excited for their week off!

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Game Playing

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Tug of War

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in 2012

 

Parade Time!

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It was this years M’lop Tapang Carnival yesterday so we painted our faces and joined the parade. This year the idea was to promote womans rights and road safety, so messages were played out across loud speakers and children dressed as ghosts weaved in and out the crowd. We all had signs bearing messages of safety and respect. There were lots of people out watching so hopefully the message will have sunk in for some.

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Once again our students behaved themselves really well and had a lot of fun. It is always nice to get together with other charities here and show a united front, especially in a country where there is such a lot of problems with false  organisations. It is always a special occasion and we give our thanks to M’lop Tapang for going through all the trouble of organizing it.

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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in 2015

 
 
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