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Lots of Lessons

After so much time away from formal education, many of our students have found themselves needing a little help getting back in the swing of things. We have spent time assessing their levels and finding classes that best suit their needs. We have also increased the number of “sit down lessons” to help the children catch up. The teachers are coming up with wonderful activities to help get the students re-engaged with their studies and ready for their Government School classes.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2021 in 2021

 

The Doors Are Back Open!

After what seems like forever, the doors to the center are finally back open to all our students. The Cambodian government have been wisely cautious with lifting lockdowns, but have now allowed the full reopening of schools and NGOs.

The staff did a terrific job of providing support to families in the community while we were closed, but it is our center, the safe, supportive and fun learning environment, where we are really able to shine! To have it filled with our students again (with safety measures in place, hand sanitising, temperature checks etc) is a joy.

We often find the beginning of term to be our quietest time, as students get used to studying again and juggling their hours. This has certainly not been the case this time! Everyone has shown up eager to join in. The resilience of the children to survive such a difficult time, remaining positive, and maintaining their desire to learn and explore the world, is inspiring.

Let us keep everything crossed for luck, that the worst is finally behind us!

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2021 in 2021

 

Community Support for Lockdown

Sadly the spread of Covid is getting worse in Cambodia and many areas are now on strict lockdown, including some of the families in our Community.

Having to quarantine in your own home is hard enough for all of us, but for our poorer families the reality means sharing one very small room between everyone. There is no separate space to isolate the contaminated person.

On top of this, is the fear of no income at all, rendering you unable to feed your family.

This is a reality that many of our families are now facing.

To help alleviate some of this stress, we have been arranging large community food drops to ensure the families have some food they can depend on.

An alcohol ban has also been imposed, and while this may mean we miss the odd end of the day beer, it also limits drinking in the home, which often leads to increased levels of domestic violence.

The government are trying to wrestle back control of the virus so we must all hope for a swift and safe recovery.

Our fundraising push is going well so far and we are nearing 50% of our needed total. If you have not donated yet, please consider doing so.

Thank you for your support!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2021 in 2021

 

Please Help Save Our Centre!

This year has been an impossibly hard one for everyone and is sadly proving to be one last hurdle we can’t seem to pass.

We really need your help!

As many of you are aware over the last 2 years Sihanoukville has undergone a very turbulent development, one result of which, has been the crumbling of infrastructure and increasing inequality in the area. This has put an extra demand on the services we provide (especially in the form of healthcare and nutritional support), driving up our costs.

At the same time, many local businesses that supported us with funds/supplies closed and visitors (who would often sponsor us), stopped coming. On top of this, rent at our centre increased and staff salaries had to be raised to match the local hyperinflation.

As it seemed Sihanoukville had started to settle, the Covid pandemic rocked the world, devastating many, and unfortunately drying up our funding sources further.

These things in combination have left the centre with a big funding deficit which we must fill in order to continue our work.

Our centre is a truly beautiful place and a real focal point for the community. The impact it has on the lives of families in the area is incalculable. In providing those basic services so many of us take for granted, we have changed lives, aiding families through times of crisis and creating an invaluable safe space for children suffering hardship. In the 16 years we have run, we have seen children from illiterate backgrounds finish education, attend university and find gainful employment.

We do not want this to stop!

What we need now is stable, monthly contributions, to fill the gap that has been left, and secure our crucial day to day services. With this in mind we are reaching out and asking people to become monthly donors.

Monthly donors are our angels. You bring stability and peace of mind when it comes time to pay our bills, and give us the freedom to continue our life changing work.

We are hoping to find 100 generous donors to provide £15 per month (or anything you can afford!), which will provide us with the security we need to operate and plan ahead, safe in the knowledge that our core services can continue.

Thank you so much for looking through this and for any help you can give!

You can either click on the button above to be taken to our secure PayPal page, or email me (goodwillcentersihanoukville@gmail.com) for our bank details if you’d prefer to donate via Direct Debit.

Help the Cambodian Children is a registered charity in England and Wales #1101594

www.helpthecambodianchildren.org

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2021 in 2021

 

Food Supplies for the Community

While Covid has forced temporary closures, we have been doing our best to keep those in need in our community supplied with rice and fish and other cooking necessities. The inability to feed your family properly is sadly a reality faced by many here. This extra help alleviates a little of the stress felt by families, who are once again facing near total loss of income.

The government are stepping up quarantine measure and beginning their vaccine roll out. We hope for a swift return of our other normal activities soon.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2021 in 2021

 

Learning Outdoors

The new government school year has started here in Cambodia. We have made sure all our students are equipped to attend their new classes and we are helping them get back in the swing of things. To make it a bit easier we have been doing a lot of outdoor activities and learning, to reduce the time the children are sat behind a desk. Gardening, playground story times and science, along with normal games and sport are a regular part of our days now. Learning this was also helps those who find conventional “study” a struggle and allows them to feel more confident in their abilities. It’s also a lot more fun!

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2021 in 2021