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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

 

Drug Awareness Day

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Yesterday we were joined at the center by M’lop Tapang’s outreach team to do a drug awareness session with the children. Sadly here substance abuse can be a real problem, especially in children from poorer families. This often starts from the misuse of glue (which when inhaled can lead to feelings of numbness from loneliness, hunger and cold) and can progress into full blown addictions.

We went through reasons people might start trying drugs and what problems this may then lead to in life. We also went through other options for people finding themselves in situations where they might feel the need to try drugs, as well as what to do if they suspected a friend or family member may be using.

It was very valuable for the children to listen to and they seamed to take a lot from it. Thank you M’lop Tapang!

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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in 2017

 

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