Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
March – May 2014
In March our children took the state tests, the purpose of these tests is to measure the children’s abilities. Although we don’t have the results yet, we are hoping that like the previous tests where all the children passed and many received good grades, is repeated again. On the campus we continue to provide additional classes in English, math’s, physics and Kymer literature, which the children enjoy.
In March the Home was extremely pleased to be visited by a youth group from Singapore. A group of 22 children from Singapore, led by 2 teachers came to visit the home for 4 days, from the Friday 14th – Monday 17th. The purpose of their visit was to brighten up the home by cleaning the walls and paining cheerful images on the wall. While they were here they also spent time speaking English and teaching the children chemistry and math’s.
The group also taught the children how to grow plants in a plastic bottle, which will help with the propagation of the seedlings ready for the boxes as part of the growing box initiative. An advantage off this method is you will be able to see the roots grow and therefore know when the plants will be ready to be replanted in the growing boxes to provide successful harvests of vegetables for the home.
In the evening of the last day of their visit, the group invited all the children and staff to a buffet restaurant for a meal, to say thank you. The group also provided a generous donation to help the home expand the current spaces for living at the home. We would like to say a huge thank you to them for their support.
NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AND ASPIRATIONS
The Cambodia New Year takes place on the 13th April, which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labour before the raining season begins. The Cambodian New Year, Chaul Chnam Thmey in Khmer means “Enter New Year” and the children will return to their families to celebrate the new year. The New Year is also a time of refection for the home, to celebrate the support of the previous year and set our aspirations for the New Year ahead.
One of the greatest challenges for us is sustainability, we are fortunate to have many people support us, with their time, volunteering here and financial support. But often this is in one off support and what we really need is continuous financial support so we as an organisation can plan ahead and support our children in the future.
Sara and Mariane from Capturing Neverland came to visit our school and taught 12 of the children photography, the children were given their own camera and visited a local village to take pictures. These pictures were then exhibited at the Le Meridian Hotel in Siem Reap and the children had new clothes to wear at the exhibition and looked so smart.
We are hoping to be able to publish the children’s photographs from the exhibition on our website for guests to purchase or buy at the home after the Sunday night dance.
Once again, thank you very much for your donations – friends like you make our project possible!
DECEMBER AND THE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
We always find that the calendar new year is a time for reflections, looking back at all the support we have received over the past 12 months and how grateful the organization and children are.
NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
The New Leaf Café in the town centre invited the children to come and have food and watch a film. The children arrived at 6.30 and were treated to a meal and were then asked to pick which film they would like to see. Our children chose “Land of the Gods”, which tells the ancient history of Cambodia. Returning to the home around 9pm the children had a fantastic night and talked about if for several weeks later.
CAPENTARY AND ELECTRICITY LESSONS
We are always so grateful for the volunteers we have here at the home who come and provide important and useful skills to our children. One of our volunteers David, who was here for a month, gave classes on both carpentry and electricity. Explaining how to safety use the tools and how to saw, measure, use a plane and drill, all under his supervision. The children enjoyed the lessons with David and believe these are useful skills that will benefit them in work and life.
FIRST SEMESTER EXAMS
Our children at the primary school have already finished taking their exams for the first semester, our grade seven to eleven students also had their exams in January and they have all been revising very hard to ensure they get the best grades they can, we are really proud of the effort they have all put in.
The Home recognized the link between poor education and poverty, which is why we encourage and support our children to empower themselves and create better futures.
FIELD TRIP TO WEST BARAY
In February, with the help and support of some of our volunteers we had a field trip to West Baray, we took food with us to enjoy and all the children had fun swimming and playing games and sports. It was a welcome treat after the children had worked so hard on their exams.
The home recognizes that many of our children are now growing up and will soon need to make it on their own to live independently. Our intention is to provide the will the skills and support needed to do this. One of our boys is already becoming skilled as a mechanic and he is now a trainer at a local organization called KKO. In addition three of our young ladies are receiving vocational training in baking and patisserie. To provide additional support and skills on a Saturday and Sunday the also train at the New Leaf Book Café, gaining vital experience which will lead to employment.
Many of our children want to finish their high school and continue their education at a university and as an origination we are so grateful for the support we receive to enable us to help them achieve their goals.
Seasons Greetings from Santepheap!
On behalf of all of our children at CCHP, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, thank you for your kindness in 2013 and wish you all the best for the New Year 2013 was a happy year at CCHP. It has been very rewarding, watching our children develop into adults.
Here are some of the highlights:
We would like to thank you for your support in 2013!
Given the success we had in 2013, we have only a relatively modest wish list for Christmas and the coming year:
Thank you again for your support!
Update on Progress of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
Project “Help Cambodia's Children Escape Poverty and Abuse”
September – November 2013
RETURNING FROM VACATION AND CLEANING UP
After one month of school break, our children finally returned from their home villages to our Children’s Home with smiling faces and browner skins, some of them having worked on their family rice fields during their school break. They are happy to be reunited with their friends, bringing back noise, joys and purpose to our organization again.
The rainy season has been affecting us since May and it brought a lot of rain, bringing grasses and plants around our school to life. Our children had already helped clear some areas of the ground before leaving for their homes for holiday, but in other areas stand tall grasses and plants, the nest of many mosquitoes, who are always a danger in this part of the world. Staff and children thus worked together to remove these grasses and plants, to destroy the habitat of harmful insects and dangerous animals such as snakes.
BACK TO SCHOOL
New academic year 2013 – 2014 begun in early October every year. Our children go to school every day. Some attend the morning session and others in the afternoon session. They usually get up early morning, take a bath, brush their teeth, have breakfast and dress up in school uniform with happy face. You can see their satisfaction and hopes for their bright future, resulting from their hard working at school. They strongly determined to produce good results. They want to bring fame and reputation to our organization, their family, and especially for themselves, as they have clear purpose to root out poverty. They believe that only good education can lead them to peace, prosperity, dignity and better living conditions. It is difficult being born in a poor family, it would be worse that the families our children build continue that way. Through education, our country will be developed sustainably, because of well managed policy stemmed from highly qualified human resources who not only contribute to their own country, but also the world.
SMILES FOR BICYCLES!
With HUGE thanks to our wonderful donors, our children were given new bicycles to replace their old and damaged ones! With the generous support of our donors, we were able to raise funds so the children can once again have safe and reliable transportation not to mention, bikes that they absolutely love! Lots of different coloured bikes and LOTS of smiles from our CCHP children. The children are so happy now that they have new bicycles and are going to make sure they take extra good care of them! Thank you so much to our donors and friends for making this possible – we appreciate your support so much and wish you the very best.
FOOTBALL MATCH WITH NEW LEAVE BOOK CAFE
As you may know that young adults are very active in different kinds of sports such as football and volleyball. During this reporting period, Our CCHP children started their Sunday with a football match with the New Leaf Book Cafe at a football club called Main Sports – besides their volleyball that they usually play in the Children’s Home. It was a lovely day for our children and the Cafe. They played for one hour with a lot of goals. Sports are good for the children and they still practise at the Children’s Home during their free time. They really love sports. They had lots of fun – all and the children absolutely loved their time on the field!
Progress Report on the Children’s Home of CCHP
June – August 2013
International Children's Day
International Children’s Day, June 1st, is classified as a public holiday in Cambodia and the demographics of the country makes the holiday an important one. All the children attended International Children's Day. The holiday was celebrated by the hundreds of children from many other children's organizations in the area. The day was filled with performances of all kinds from traditional dancing to funny skits and break dancing. The children had a great time together.
A 3-Day Trip to Battambang
This week, all the children went on a 3-day, 2-night trip to Battambang, the Cambodia’s second largest city lies in the heart of the Northwest and the leading rice-producing province of the country, along with the CCHP staff and 2 volunteers. The trip was generously sponsored by one of our past volunteers, Jeremy Hall. Thank you so much, Jeremy!
We visited many lovely places, including the Wat Damreisar (White Elephant Pagoda), Sangke River, Phnom Sampov and Phnom Banon mountains, and the Country Love Garden. Everyone had great fun singing and chanting on the bus together, eating picnic meals each day, and sharing the excitement of seeing new sights with each other. All the children and staff had a wonderful time!
Some of our children have grown into mature youths and completed their high school studies. They are now continuing their education, either in vocational training or university studies. This year, we plan to move them to a youth house separate from the CCHP campus, where they can learn to live independently while attending their training with the continued support of the CCHP. These youths are positive role models for our younger children, and they show great potential to reintegrate successfully into the community and break the cycle of poverty. However, we need your ongoing support and generosity to make these final steps a reality for our youths.
The children learn farming techniques as part of CCHP-supported life skills education. It focuses on the learning fields of agricultural, science and environmental life skills in basic education. We have just begun building and designing a garden to produce organic fruit and vegetables for the children’s meals. The soil on the CCHP property is not so fertile and so bamboo designed boxes have been drafted and test-built to use in growing the crops.
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