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Staff-led Workshops

In the last few weeks, we have been focusing some of our time on sharing our teaching experience with one another. Staff have chosen topics they feel they can pass on advice/tips about, and then have lead short presentations/workshops on these. So far we have had talks on classroom management tips, areas/types of learning, teaching techniques and lesson planning advice. It is a great way to bring out the best teachers in all of us and is also very enjoyable.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2022 in 2012

 

Happy Khmer New Year!

We have finished this term with a small Khmer New Year party. 

As covid is still rife we were not able to invite the wider community to join the festivities, but it was still great fun to celebrate with the younger students. We played all the regular traditional games, with sack races, tug of wars, talc filled balloons and breaking of pots, along with eating lots of fruit and jelly. 

Everyone will spend next week celebrating with families and attending Pagodas. At this time they, with the monks, will make blessings to their ancestors, and ask for their ancestors to bless them with safety, success and luck for the coming year, in return. 

We wish this for you all too!

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2022 in 2012, 2022

 

Evening Classes Start Back Up!

We are delighted that after a long break we have finally been able to re-open our evening English classes!

These classes are so important as they allow teenagers and young adults to further their studies outside of either their state school, or in some cases, working hours. The high standard of these evening classes, provides our students with a thorough grounding in English, with which they have a far greater chance of securing university placements or finding gainful employment in their futures.

We very much hope to continue on this positive and progressive path, and thank you all for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you!

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2022 in 2012

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish all our friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

While we were unable to go through with our traditional Christmas party this year, we made sure to make time for some group games with prizes, and to hand out apples and other treats!

We wish you all the luck and happiness for the coming year and thank you very much for sticking with us!

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2021 in 2012

 

Continued Lockdowns

The lockdowns are ongoing through the rainy season here. Our staff have continued to support the community in any way they can. We are currently compiling lists of anyone in extra need due to lack of income or illness so we can ensure they get the help they need. We are also looking to provide any housing/building materials needed to better weatherproof the homes of our families for the worst of the season.

While a few families have become infected with Covid in our area, we have been lucky not to see it spread too badly. All staff are all now fully vaccinated and the vaccine programme is being rolled out in the community swiftly. With this in mind, we hope it will not be long before we can reopen our doors fully again.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2021 in 2012

 

Fundraising Update

Our fundraising efforts have been going well so far and we have reached nearly 70% of our target. It is all thanks to the kind generosity of our friends, family and supporters. A huge thank you to all of you for sticking with us!

Covid 19 is steadily being brought under control in Cambodia, so we are hopeful we will be back running as normal soon enough. Until then we continue to support the community with food supplies, advice and medical help when needed. The annual rains have arrived and areas of Sihanoukville are once again flooding, so we are also making sure our families and their homes are secure.

The staff have been busy planning new activities for students when they return. We can’t wait to get going again! All members of our team have now had their first (and some their second) vaccinations, so here is hoping it will not be too much longer until we are back!

Thank you so much again from all of our team, we couldn’t do it without you!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2021 in 2012

 

Clean Beach and Happy Kids

Sihanoukville is gradually becoming a cleaner place thanks to some great new initiatives by local businesses and organisations. Compared to a few years ago you can really see the difference with far less rubbish strew about on the roads and beaches but here is still a long way to go. On our recent beach trip we made sure we did a big clean up first to help the effort.

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The kids were great and more than happy to get some cleaning done. We made sure they had lots of fun after, swimming and playing on the (sparklingly clean) beach. It is always fantastic to get away from the center for the day and do something completely different. As always, everyone had a great time!

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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in 2012

 

Khmer New Year Party!

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Khmer New Year is a very important time here in Cambodia. Many of our children travel to visit family, or likewise have family come to visit them. It is a time to be with loved ones and celebrate the year that has passed and the year to come. People make offerings of fruit and drinks to Buddha at which they must pray everyday for 3 days to bring luck and happiness to the family. They will also normally (obviously not everyone is Buddhist or follows the traditions) visit one of the pagodas, to pray to the ancestors of the family.

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Sack Races

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Balloon Races

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Dancing

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Pot Breaking

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Fruit Feasting

Every year to mark it the Goodwill Center has a party, and this year was no exception. We played lots of games and had lots of dancing topped off by a feast of fruit at the end. As a change to our usual leaders of ceremonies, our newest member of staff, Srey Touch, also took a turn at being on the microphone and was fantastic at it. All the children had a really good time and the staff went off happy and excited for their week off!

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Game Playing

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Tug of War

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in 2012

 

A Kite Flying Experiance

Thank you so much to Julian for all his hard work!

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in 2012

 

Our Video

A brief look at what the center does.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in 2012

 

A Fond Farewell

The two boys

The time has come to bid a very fond farewell to two of our students, Vann (far left) and Puth (center right). Both have attended our evening classes (both computer and English) for many years and have been fantastic students, both very bright and hardworking. The parting is not a sad one however as the two have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to move to live with a relative in France, opening up a new world of opportunities for them. Everyone at the Center wishes them the very best of luck in this new adventure!

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in 2012, 2014

 

Container Part One: Unpacking and Clothes

We have been extremely lucky recently to receive a huge amount of supplies for our center from A Heart For Cambodia. This group filled an entire container full of desks, computers and clothes and arranged for it to be shipped over to Cambodia. With importing goods normally being a struggle we did not have the highest hopes that the container would be released from the port particularly quickly, but luckily after only a few days (and with the very hard work of Runny, an AHFC contact here in Sihanoukville) the supplies were free.

The first step was to unload it all and sort through it. Luckily we had lots of help. AHFC, myself and Runny had earmarked different charities in the area which we though could benefit from the supplies and we went about dividing everything up. There was so much stuff we had to take it in a few loads up to the center. We went with the tables and clothes first.

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Up to the school to unpack our new supplies.

 

 

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Everyone was lending a hand!

 

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Sokheang was very pleased with his new class room.

We used the new desks to replace our old ones (which have been passed onto another charity). The main bonus is that we can easily stack these, giving us so much more space so we are not on top of each other all the time! It will make our lives a million times easier and nicer.

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We can stack the tables easily to make more space for everyone too.

Clothes were distributed (along with school bags) to each of our students (along with a few items for adults in their families). It was like Christmas and great to see all the smiling faces with their shiny new clothes. They were all very grateful for their new things. A huge thank you to everyone who donated both their possessions and their time!

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Singing while we waited to give the clothes out.

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The morning group all waited very nicely.

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Even though it was raining!

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Everyone got something.

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The afternoon bunch posing for a picture or 2.

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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in 2012

 

New Sports Kits

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With their fantastic new space to practice in we decided our hard working football team deserved some new kits. They are all practicing so hard and are getting to play against lots of different teams now in different friendly matches and in weekend competitions.With taking on some new members our age range is now very spread, so although they all train together, in matches we now have a younger team and an older one. Sok Morng continues to do a fantastic job in coaching them, both in football skills and behavior, teamwork and confidence.

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in 2012

 

Some Art

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To go with our new paint job we decided it was time for a few more nice pictures. Some of our older students took up the task and came up with some lovely pieces.

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in 2012

 

A Bit of a Face Lift

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The US Navy have just been in town and called in to help us with some much needed DIY. They were here for 5 days and what they achieved in the time was fantastic. They have fixed and extended our roof outside providing us with so much more space, sheltered from the sun and rain which is so important here. The little kids finally have somewhere to play without getting on top of each other. They have fixed our pipes at the back so we no longer have leeks and refitted the shower heads so we can get on with headlice treatments. They have also repainted the whole of the inside of the school, making it so much brighter and seem so much bigger.

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A big thank you to Tessa Fletcher and Maciek for their continued support without which we would have been unable to afford the supplies and to the US Navy, who kindly donated lots of the materials too and who worked their socks off to make our center better. The kids and staff all love it!

 

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To top off our face-lift, Kolab and some of the kids have been spending a lot of time doing up the garden. A few months in and the efforts have paid off and it is now looking beautiful!

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in 2012

 

Times of Change

So it is time to say a huge congratulations to Ney (one of our long term teachers) who has just given birth to two beautiful baby girls. She will be off for a number of months to take care of our communities newest members and we wish her all the best while she is away.

It is also time for a huge hello to our newest member of staff Srey Touch. She has joined our team to cover for Ney while she is away (taking care of Ney’s students) and then to move to a new role for the center and become a social worker. Once Ney is back Touch will join with M’lop Tapang to undertake the training and will then work closely within the community to help address the many issues which families have here and ensure our center is providing the best possible services for them.

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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in 2012

 

Back to the Beach

Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

Rainy season is nearly back around, the year seams to have passed so quickly! So before the clouds role in we decided it was time for another beach trip. As is the routine we started with a beach clean up. It had just been a Khmer holiday, meaning the beach had been very busy so there was lots of rubbish. The children all joined in without a grumble and we got lots done.

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Once the boring stuff was out the way it was into the water with the inflatables for lots of splashing, football on the beach and sand castles. The children loved it! They get to go to the beach so rarely that they really make the most of it and enjoy every minute.

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Once appetites were sufficiently built up it was into the Small Beach Bar for some delicious food and then out to wait for the van to pick us up. The children were all fantastically well behaved and we were lucky enough to have a few of our older students come along to help us watch them all, so the day was fun for us all. None of us can wait till next time.

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Posted by on June 2, 2014 in 2012

 

Football Competition Time

A huge thank you to M’lop Tapang who organised a fantastic football tournament over the last few days. It was for under thirteen year olds and there were 10 teams playing. The older members of the team came along to support too, along with a few friends and family members so there was a lovely atmosphere over the whole three days.

 

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Starting Line-Up

Our kids did really well, finishing fourth overall after loosing in the semi finals. Our earlier results were all resounding victories with lots of goals so all the players have come away feeling really proud of themselves. They are improving all the time and we are sure it wont be long before they are lifting the cup for themselves.

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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in 2012

 

Khmer New Year in the Rain

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Getting ready to party!

This years Khmer New Year celebrations took place last week. As is tradition the staff had organised lots of Khmer games to play, with races, dances, eating competitions and lots of pot breaking.

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Sadly this year the rain won out and the persistent downpours kept lots of the family members who normally come to celebrate with us sheltering at home. The children didn’t let it get to them though so we squashed under our main roof and watched the games from there. A few braved the wet to begin with, and by the end none of them really seemed to notice, as long as lots of jelly was being given out as prizes! We had the traditional table of fruit which was divided up for all the children to share so they got to eat lots!

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Once the youngsters had cleared away the staff and adult students stayed behind for a party of our own with lots of dancing, before the staff headed off for a well deserved weeks break!

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It was a lovely day despite the rain and the children went home filled to the brim with fruit and happy from a day well spent.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in 2012

 

A Few of the Beauties!

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in 2012