Tiny Toones

The mission of Tiny Toones Cambodia is to provide a safe, positive environment for atrisk youth to channel their energy and creativity into the arts and education, empowering them to build selfconfidence in their daily lives, aim for better employment possibilities, and feel supported pursuing their dreams.
Apr 15, 2015

Changing young lives- First quarter report

 

Thank you for supporting Tiny Toones!

 

Thank you to all of our generous supporters who have helped the Tiny Toones kids with not only an education but also the rare opportunity to be creative and have fun.

 

Since the project launch in February of 2015, generous people came together to donate $300 to Tiny Toones . 

We have high hopes for 2015 and hope that our newly launched project will begin to take off and come closer to our end goal. Tiny Toones is currently struggling to secure long term grants to help cover the daily operating costs and sustain this vital service to the at risk youth in Phnom Penh. The management team is working hard to search, apply and  secure these grants, however until these funds are received, we are relying heavily on private donations.

Once our operating costs are covered, one of our main goals this year is to purchase a new van to pick up and drop off the children from thier homes around the city. Our current van and tuk tuk are in rough shape and need constant repairs and maintenance.  The barriers in attending school are great enough as is, so this is a crucial service to provide.

Tiny Toones helps children focus their attention on create dance and music instead of slipping into more destructive paths, using this as a springboard for education and personal development. Our offer of creative arts, education and mentoring is unique in the slum areas in which we operates, as are the opportunities for expression we provide.

Why dancing?

The children that come to Tiny Toones receive little support or guidance at home, at school (for those that attend) or in their community. Meanwhile, hip-hop is immensely popular amongst Cambodian youth. Break-dancing hooks their interest because it’s part of a culture that feels young, exciting and relevant to their lives. Its appeal provides the basis for all of Tiny Toones wider work on personal development, social integration and education.

Break-dancing is physically and mentally demanding. It promotes active lifestyles, inner-strength and a sense of achievement and self-worth. The change that takes place in terms of confidence and self-esteem is visibly apparent and transformative for the children involved.

These children become part of a positive community. Our dancers perform throughout Cambodia and beyond. Their achievements – both as dancers and through the education they have gained – inspire the next generation.

Our kids

More than 40% of Cambodians are under 18 years of age. While 39% of children aged 5-14 are involved in child labour, only one in three stay in school beyond primary level. It is estimated that over 20,000 young people live and/or work on the streets.

Tiny Toones’ students are aged 5-24 and are particularly vulnerable to drug and substance abuse, sexual and labor exploitation, domestic violence, and gang involvement. A quarter of the children at Tiny Toones report never having attended school. They all face multiple barriers to attendance and progress as a result of their difficult backgrounds, the fees involved and being compelled to generate income. From as young as five many of these children are begging or collecting cans from garbage, or working as garment workers.

As the project has grown, Tiny Toones has maintained its grassroots appeal by employing former students in all of the creative teaching posts. They are perfectly placed to understand the needs of the next generation, to build strong relationships and to act as positive role models.

To help us keep this vital service into 2015, please consider making a donation at GlobalGiving or GlobalGiving UK again this year and telling your friends and family about our work.

Thank you everyone for your ongoing support

Sincerely,

Tiny Toones

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Jan 12, 2015

Tiny Toones Christmas Report

Happy Holidays from Tiny Toones!
Happy Holidays from Tiny Toones!

A Tiny Toones Christmas

This past December generous people came together to donate $500 to Tiny Toones . Our first holiday themed fundraising campaign was a success and enabled us to save for a new school bus and also provide the kids with a small party where they showed off their breakdancing skills and were able to enjoy the spirit of the Holiday Season. 

We have high hopes for 2015 and have created a new Global Giving project which will have a more long term fundraising goal that will be active throughout the year.  One of our main goals this year is to purchase a new van to pick up and drop off the children. Our current van and tuk tuk are in rough shape and need constant repairs and maintenance.  The barriers in attending school are great enough as is, so this is a crucial service to provide.

Tiny Toones helps children focus their attention on create dance and music instead of slipping into more destructive paths, using this as a springboard for education and personal development. Our offer of creative arts, education and mentoring is unique in the slum areas in which we operates, as are the opportunities for expression we provide.

Why dancing?

The children that come to Tiny Toones receive little support or guidance at home, at school (for those that attend) or in their community. Meanwhile, hip-hop is immensely popular amongst Cambodian youth. Break-dancing hooks their interest because it’s part of a culture that feels young, exciting and relevant to their lives. Its appeal provides the basis for all of Tiny Toones wider work on personal development, social integration and education.

Break-dancing is physically and mentally demanding. It promotes active lifestyles, inner-strength and a sense of achievement and self-worth. The change that takes place in terms of confidence and self-esteem is visibly apparent and transformative for the children involved.

These children become part of a positive community. Our dancers perform throughout Cambodia and beyond. Their achievements – both as dancers and through the education they have gained – inspire the next generation.

Our kids

More than 40% of Cambodians are under 18 years of age. While 39% of children aged 5-14 are involved in child labour, only one in three stay in school beyond primary level. It is estimated that over 20,000 young people live and/or work on the streets.

Tiny Toones’ students are aged 5-24 and are particularly vulnerable to drug and substance abuse, sexual and labor exploitation, domestic violence, and gang involvement. A quarter of the children at Tiny Toones report never having attended school. They all face multiple barriers to attendance and progress as a result of their difficult backgrounds, the fees involved and being compelled to generate income. From as young as five many of these children are begging or collecting cans from garbage, or working as garment workers.

As the project has grown, Tiny Toones has maintained its grassroots appeal by employing former students in all of the creative teaching posts. They are perfectly placed to understand the needs of the next generation, to build strong relationships and to act as positive role models.

To help us keep this vital service into 2015, please consider making a donation at Global Giving or Global Giving UK again this year and telling your friends and family about our work.

Thank you for your support to date and all the best in 2015!

Sincerely,

Tiny Toones

May 8, 2014

Changing Young Lives Through Dance And Music

Our tiny dancers
Our tiny dancers

Thank you for supporting Tiny Toones!

Thank you to all of our generous supporters who have helped us raise $4652.05 providing the Tiny Toones kids with not only an education but also the rare opportunity to be creative and have fun.

I’m happiest when I am teaching the kids new hip hope moves” – Diamond (20), former Tiny Toones student and current Tiny Toones teacher

This year, many of our kids are attending public school, which means that we have more places to fill in our class! Tiny Toones has focused on involving an additional 7 communities into our creative project with the emphasis on participation, creativity and most importantly, having fun! Tiny Toones runs 9-10 classes simultaneously throughout the day, with no more than 15 children in each class, allowing for personal and interactive support for each child attending our classes. The kids are picked up and driven to the Tiny Toones center twice a day (Monday – Friday).

"I didn’t know many of the kids at Tiny Toones and didn’t know how to dance like them but now I have lots of friends and I'm getting really good at hip hop! I hope I can be just like Diamond one day she’s been to many places – Srey Pov (11), Tiny Toones student

Now our classes are smaller, more varied, and better equipped, our teachers are really blossoming with the support provided to them. The last Friday of every month is now dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the kids. Guests are welcome so if you want to visit the centre and attend the next 'show and tell' please contact us.

Their inspiration
Their inspiration

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