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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

 

Football In Phnom Penh

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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!

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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!

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in 2015

 

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

 
 
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