I have recently returned from our Children’s Education Centre in Cambodia and am delighted to report that the year has got off to a very good start.
Our vegetable garden is brimming with good things as a result of the children’s hard work.
In rural locations such as ours there is a chronic lack of resources and facilities, and the standard of teaching in the local schools is very poor. Our constant challenge is to be able to provide reasonable quality teaching and resources to supplement what is available locally. This means bringing personnel from Siem Reap, or taking our children to Siem Reap, both of which are difficult and expensive.
However we now have part-time Computer, English and Sports teachers who are really enjoying working in such a different environment and with such keen and responsive students.
There was great excitement when a large box of English reading books arrived – a big thank you to the boys at Knox Grammar School who donated the books
Our sports coach is providing general PE and coaching in volley ball and soccer, and we hope it won’t be long before our kids can compete with other teams in Siem Reap.
Four of our year 9 students are attending a youth leadership course over 6 weekends in Siem Reap. This is a great experience for them, and while they are learning a lot they are also having fun.
The Giant Puppet Parade has become a major feature on the Siem Reap calendar. 20 of our grades 4-6 students went to Siem Reap for two puppet making workshops and then joined in the big Parade a week later. It is just the greatest fun experience for the kids.
Our volunteer, Brian, is back and we are continuing our community development program supplying more water filters and tanks for families who do not have access to clean drinking water. We are not able to dig wells in our area and so we have acquired some land close to our poorest families where we will dig a pond to harvest rain water. This will provide year round water for drinking (using filters) and irrigating home vegetable growing.
Two of our students outside their homes
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