We had a wonderful Christmas with the children this year. While of course traditionally Cambodians do not celebrate Christmas (being a predominantly Buddhist country) here at the center we see it as a great excuse to bring the local community together for a party, to get to know one another and to watch the children perform.
There is a big difference here to western schools, where plays and shows are held often and parent evenings seem to come up so regularly people are desperate to make excuses not to attend. Here opportunities for parents to watch their children perform dances or songs just don’t come up that often, so it was lovely to have so many parents attend and feel proud of their kids.
As is typical for important days, it managed to rain (very uncharacteristically for this time of year). forcing us all under the shelter at some points, but this did little to dampen the spirits. Once things had dried off the show could continue. We had carols and a Khmer karaoke number, a Khmer and English Nativity story, role plays, dancing, lottery and a lot of games. Prizes were given to winners as well as presents to the top students. No one was left out, with all the children receiving a new notebook and pencil, fruit and soft drinks.
The staff were brilliant throughout the day, decorating, rapping presents getting the children involved and making everyone feel welcome. To top it off Sokheang and Sambath made excellent MCs!