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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

 

Whitgift School Fundraiser

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The Goodwill Center owes the teachers, parents and especially the pupils of Whitgift School a huge thank you! They took on our center as a focus cause for their fundraising efforts (along with the Tapologo and Tsholofelo projects who work with victims of HIV and AIDS in South Africa).

The entire school was involved (organisation being mainly carried out by the sixth-form committee) in planning events and taking part. There was a huge range of activities including cake sales, adventure races, comedy nights, talent shows (with fantastic dance performances), science challenges, make your own Robot Wars and quizzes. All of the students worked incredibly hard to bring it all together and raised, for our center alone, over five thousand pounds.

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Delicious cakes

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The students made their own robots to battle!

 

This money is such a huge help to us and will secure our evening English and Computer classes for over 2 years. These are such an important aspect of our center, providing quality education to over eighty students. Having good English and Computer skills go a very long way in helping our children/young adults advance through school and secure places at either university or in good jobs. Nearly all of our students, coming from very poor backgrounds, would be unable to study in private schools (where fees are paid) so the provision of these classes really is invaluable.

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Thank you so much again Whitgift, it means the world to us!

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in 2015

 

A Kite Flying Experiance

Thank you so much to Julian for all his hard work!

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in 2012

 

I Believe We Can Fly!

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This week we have been joined in the center by Julian, who is here to run a recycled plastic kite making workshop with the children. It has been fantastic and the children have really engaged with it. It was very well planned and in depth, involving presentations and videos on the environment and recycling along with practical activities. This allowed the children to really connect with what they were doing and gave them a greater appreciation for the process.

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It began with a village clean up, with the all children heading out and collecting up old plastic bags. There are hundreds of them here, so they had plenty to do. These were then washed and hung to dry in the sun. After this came bamboo collection, again done around the village, with the pieces being cut to the right size. The children then learned how to prepare the plastic and how to stick it together with an iron (so producing no extra waste). They were fascinated to learn the process. After this the kites were assembled and it was time to fly! It was beautiful to see.

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It was a great project and really gave the children the chance to work together. We will definitely keep it up!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in 2015

 

Christmas and the New Year

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Somehow Christmas snuck up on us again and it was time for our Christmas party. Thanks to some generous donations from many of you we were able to make sure it was a great one! So a big thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

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The teachers had organised the day to include performances of songs and dances and lots of games to join in or watch. We also had food for everyone, fried rice and curry, lovingly cooked by some friends of the center. It seemed like the entire village had heard about the food as the volunteers ended up having to work very hard and gave out well over 200 plates of food!

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The children also received some apples and soft drinks along with pencils and books for school, with some special prizes being given out to top students and performers. It was a lovely afternoon and the children really enjoyed themselves. It is so nice to be able to bring everyone together for one afternoon and celebrate our friendship.

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After a short Christmas break it was back to work. We had the Regner family with us from Sweden. They had done a lot of fundraising through their martial arts center (Hjärups Budoklubb – Combat Jujutsu) and had arrived to pass it on. It was a wonderful surprise! We spent the money carrying out a mega food drop, supplying 25 families with rice, fish, oil, soy sauce and for a New Year treat some fruit. It was such a lovely thing to be able to do. Our food drop is so valuable to our poorest families, really alleviating the financial strain off them for the month, but due to our funding restrictions we are only able to include 3 or 4 families per month (done on rotation). To provide it so many people all at once was a fantastic way to begin the New Year!

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The Regners also spent money buying many supplies for the center and spent a few days getting to know us all. It was a huge bonus for the center, really helping us out. A huge thank you to them and everyone in the Jujutsu center who donated!

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in 2015

 
 
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