The Goodwill children are now in contact with Nymboida Public School, New South Wales, Austrailia!
Toni, the centers previous manager has set up the link (Nymboida being her home town) and had each school special postcards printed out for the children to write on. We have already received our first package of pictures and postcards from Nymboida and the children hear thought it was brilliant. They were very impressed with the drawings and interested to here from the children who had drawn them.
We then began the task of answering back. The pictures were straight forward enough and we included some samples of the Khmer alphabet and numbers for the children to see the difference. The letters were a little bit more of a battle due to translations. Our adult classes worked together to translate the postcards to Khmer, these were passed on to our daytime teachers who got their classes to write responses (again in Khmer). This sometimes had to be done in pairs as some of our students written Khmer is not strong. These were then handed back to the adult classes for further translations before being put onto the postcards. It was great to have a project that could involve all of our students and challenge them all in different ways.
We look forward to hearing from our new friends again.