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Get Some Exercise!

For a few weeks we have been joined by Alex, a Muay Thai boxer, who has been leading exercise classes with the children. Only done in short bursts, he has been showing them how to use their whole body in movements to make sure they are stretching and testing every muscle. He has then gone through some of the basic moves with the older children. He has also helped in our football classes teaching our coach some warm up routines to avoid pulled mussels. It is so important for children to be active and they have really enjoyed it!

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in 2017

 

A Little Bit of Everything!

It has been a busy few weeks at the center, with lots of fun activities, trips out, visitors and new toys. Our Olympic winners got a trip to the waterfalls, which is always everyone favourite and we had lots of friends come to help watch them all too, so it was a lot of fun.

Our brilliant staff have been very creative recently, coming up with lots of new things for the children to do, from quiz challenges, to song making and play acting. We have also been doing lots of art so the children have been really enjoying themselves and getting to use their creativity.

M’lop Tapang also ran a new social work training workshop which Srey Touch (our resident teacher and social worker) went along to, allowing her to brush up her skills, which she said she found very valuable. She will lead some workshops with our staff (with the help of a visiting social worker) in the coming weeks to pass on what she has learned.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in 2017

 

Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year came round again so fast! We had a great party with the staff and children. A few of our families had already left for the provinces to see family before we held it, so it was more relaxed than some years (a nice change for the staff!!). We were very lucky as it had been bad weather all week leading up to it, but the sun shone all day for us. We played hundreds of traditional games along with a few new ones invented by the staff. They were all really funny and everyone was in a brilliant mood. The day came to a close with plates of fruits for everyone and an impromptu water-fight (started by one of the mums!). A truly great day!

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in 2017

 

Ear Clinic Visit

Every 4 months the All Ears team comes to the M’lop Tapang clinic to run ear checks and address any problems children in the area might be having with hearing or infection. We went yesterday and had a few follow up cases from the last visit, along with a number of new cases. The team are always wonderful with the children making them feel very comfortable and teaching them about proper ear care. Its is a great help to have their support!

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in 2017

 

Child Abuse Awareness

Today M’lop Tapang came to our center to teach our students about child abuse. They were brilliant at breaking down the topic, getting the students to realise the many ways abuse can occur (both physical and mental) and the people and institutions that allow it to happen. They also spent time discussing how, when out selling bracelets, can collecting or begging, children put themselves into vulnerable positions which they must be aware of. The lesson was summed up by reminding the students of signs of abuse to look out for in themselves or their friends and who they can tell about these things to get help.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in 2017

 

Hygiene Lessons for Eco Soap

Our progress with the Eco-Soap Bank continues and we are now able to supply bars of soaps to many organisations throughout Sihanoukville. These bars are then given out (and kept in for use in centers etc) to the local communities. The most important step at this point is to make sure that the importance of hand washing is understood in regards to preventing illness. Therefor while handing out the bars, hygiene lessons are given on the proper ways to wash hands and the effect this has.

We ran a session at the center recently where we ran different activities with our students. Firstly brainstorming together everything they knew about bacteria and germs and filling in any gaps. We then did an experiment using glitter to represent the germs and getting children to shake hands and touch objects around the rooms to see how far the glitter (or germs) could spread from their original source. After this we did some hand washing training and made posters about how and why it is important to use soap.

The students seemed to understand its importance and all got soap to take home. It is the hope of the project that as it grows across Cambodia it could have a real impact into combating the number of illnesses and deaths in the country from caused by preventable diseases.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in 2017

 

A View of our Center

Last week we were joined at our center by Orin, a short film maker. He asked if he could make a little video about our school and Cambodia. He got some lovely shots of the kids so its well worth a look!

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2017 in 2017