Food and Education for Cambodian Orphans

Jun 27, 2011

First Report from Santepheap

Drawing of the new dorm
Drawing of the new dorm

Dear All,

First, a very big thank you from us here at Santepheap for your kind donations. They make a real difference to us here and we cannot thank you enough.

A lot has been happening this month and we would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about us. We have recently moved into a new property (our old one was too expensive) and the kids have been having fun exploring it. They love the fruit trees.

We've built a hut for the boys to sleep in which doubles up as a classroom in the day. The girls sleep in the main house. We're now coming into the wet season which has tested the new hut and sadly it has not proved to be as sturdy as we had hoped. One of our goals over the school break is therefore to get a new concrete dorm built. We have attached a picture, drawn by one of our children, which shows what the new building will look like.

Every Sunday our children perform traditional Khmer dances for our visitors. This acts as a means of raising money and encouraging new volunteers to come. Most importantly, however, the children really enjoy it. Unfortunately, in our new property whenever it rains the seating area for our show turns into a bit of a swamp, thankfully the stage area is very well covered. It was raining heavily last weekend, however, six brave souls had made it out to visit us. We weren't sure if we should perform so we asked the children what we they wanted to do? The response was unanimous - 'the show must go on'. Despite the weather, and thanks to the makeshift cover, our guests really enjoyed the show and came back in the week to help with our English language lessons.This week we have had builders in lying paths and putting in proper drainage. Hopefully by next week our guest will have a swamp free experience.

It's almost the end of the school year here and the children have been hard at work on their exams. All of them are dedicated students and we're very proud of them all. We are particularly pleased that Sey, one of our grade 6 boys was awarded a 1st class for his annual results. And Mol,one of our girls in grade 8, was awarded a 1st class for the second semester in a row and for her annual results. Both of these students are going on to take special exams for exceptional students over the summer.

We are also happy to report that two of our young adults are now enrolled in a vocational training programme, The Iron Workshop. Vy, 18, is taking Iron Skills and Phoeun, also 18, is taking Carpentry Skills. They are both really enjoying the course and come and see us every weekend. The course will last 4 months and once it has ended they will get a job with the Workshop.

That's it for our first report. Once again thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity. Without you our project would not be possible.

Best wishes

All at Santepheap


Part of new path and children studying
Part of new path and children studying

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Sathya Hem

Siem Reap, Siem Reap Cambodia

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