So to keep everyone up to date on a few things I though I would do a round up of our activities over the last month or so.
Our football team continues to train hard, they are playing the local school regularly but are waiting until the start of the next school league to join (our coach believing they were not quite ready for it this time). It’s great that the kids, especially the older teenagers (who have very few ways to occupy their spare time here), put so much effort into it and get so much enjoyment from it.
Our fist finished soap recipe (lemongrass and eucalyptus) is now in some of the local businesses around town and is selling really well so far. Our later 2 recipes will be joining them soon. We are also working on our packaging, hoping to get a weaved basket to hold the soaps, allowing us to market them towards the really expensive hotels in the area as well.
In the last week we have had a trained chemist arrive as a volunteer. He is here to help us to train the women to make coconut oil and eventually some essential oils as well (we have all the equipment). That way we will be covering all steps of the production process. These oils will then (if all goes to plan) be used in the soap, as well sold separately.
Art and Craft:
Our art lessons are still going strong. Recently we have been doing some larger group work, creating larger pieces to add some more colour to the corridors. We tend to have the older kids do the bulk of the tricky stuff and our younger ones get to add their pieces to it after. Its a lot of fun and the children get to feel proud of seeing their work look so good up on the wall.
We have a volunteer with us for the next few months who is going to work on some murals outside with the kids which we are all really looking forward to.
The lessons for our younger members are going really well. We had a shop for supplies and got some new chalk boards and flash cards to help with their language lessons. Some of our recent visitors also brought some great first word books which are coming in handy. I have been sitting in on some of the lessons hoping to pick up some Khmer writing – I am definitely bottom of the class!