We have been gifted new school bags for all our students. Horsewear, an international company with a factory here in Sihaoukville, runs a wonderful scheme whereby they supply M’op Tapang’s (an NGO) home based sowing teams with waste material. These teams in turn make it into school bags, which Horsewear buy back from them (giving them a valuable income). They then distribute these bags for free (through local charities) to children in need. It is a great way to involve the whole community in their social corporate responsibility.
The bags came just in time for the beginning of the new state school year and our students absolutely loved them! For a bonus they have a reflective strip for added safety. It is fantastic to provide the children with new things and knowing that they will be put to such good use. Some of them seem not to have taken them off since they were given them!