Progress Report on Children’s Home
New Academic Year
We had a long holiday this year since there were some changes to our school curriculums run by Cambodian government. Twelve graders took the exam in late September, so all the students including our children started school in October. We were so lucky to be sponsored by visitors from Switzerland directly for school uniforms and then our old friends gave some more donations for our children’s school supplies such as books, rulers, pens, and other necessary needs. As everyone of our children learns that education is the only way to escape the poverty passed down from generations, they have invested a lot of their efforts in their study. Since early morning, our children get up to rehearse their lessons before school starts. They are busy all day long and this routine continues from Monday to Saturday. Good human resources are the exhausted resources for each country.
Visits of old friends
In October and November, two old friends visited Santeheap. Marco from Switzerland stayed for over a week and Jeremy from New Zealand stayed for almost a month to help Santeheap deal with its recent financial crisis. The kids were also very happy to see them and enjoyed the English lessons both gave- and the ice cream Marco treated them to! Because of their generous support, the kids have new school uniforms, and we now have two computers at Santeheap that will increase the kid’s computer literacy and help the staff to work more efficiently. We are very grateful for their continued help and friendship.
A trip to Cambodian Cultural Village during Water Festival
From 5th to 7th November, Cambodia celebrated the annual water festival. During the holidays, there was no school, and the kids enjoyed the concerts and especially the boat race. The boat race celebrates the Cambodian navy who defended the country against the invasion by the Cham army during the Khmer Empire. Everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed the break! But now it’s back to normal and the kids are studying hard.
A special treat to our kids was provided by our friend Jeremy from New Zealand. He took them to the Cambodian Cultural Village for the day. At the village, art, history and different traditions of Cambodian society are shown and the kids got to see a wedding at a millionaire’s house and chose a bride at a Kreong village. The Kreong are one of several minorities in Cambodia. The kids also got to listen to a history of the great Angkor Kings. Thank you Jeremy for this great day out, everyone had so much fun!
As Christmas is coming soon, we wish you all the best from Santepheap. May you enjoy New Year and be happy with your family and friends. We thank you for you constant supports that enable us to provide services to these potential children and with the determination ,which only our hearts can understand each other, we at Santeheap will do our best to better our children’s lives through education including skills to survive and critical thinking to lead their lives for a better cause of living.
Happy Merry Christmas!!!
Progress Report on “Help Cambodia's Children Escape Poverty and Abuse”
of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
June – August 2014
All the children at the Cambodian Children’s of Peace – CCHP have completely finished their final exams and learned the results, and we are so proud since all of them except one have passed their exams. The one who failed will take another exam next month for the final one which will determine whether she must repeat the year or go to the next grade. She is studying hard to make sure that she will pass it and we strongly believe that she will move ahead. All of them are very proud of themselves and so happy about the exam results. The staff will keep on working hard to ensure that all the children’s goal is achievable.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY
On the first of June which is the International Children’s Day, CCHP’s children and children from other organizations in province of Siem Reap as well as children around the globe celebrated the International Children’s Day, June 1st. We went and joined other children at a local restaurant organized by Angkor Cable TV, a local cable TV company. It is a great opportunity for our children to meet other children and for them to show their talents. We had a great time and enjoyed the performances, ranging from simple skill demonstrations to highly talented skills. We are very grateful to Angkor Cable TV that invited us to the event.
Recently, a charitable organization provided with free dental services for children from varous NGOs here in Siem Reap. With the help from this organization, the children of the Cambodian children’s House of Peace had an opportunity to have their dental checkup at one of the best dental clinics in Siem Reap. As a result of their dental checkup, some of our children have problems with their teeth which need drilling, scaling and polishing their teeth and so on. It is thanks to the organization that provided us with free dental services. Now our children have better dental health and great smiles.
A FIELD TRIP
CCHP children had a great time going on a field trip to Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, one of the most famous temples in Cambodia located in the top of a mountain. The trip was great as the children enjoyed seeing the beautiful views of forests and hills from the top of the mountain. The children took noted of the history of the temple explained by our local tour guide. They raised lots of questions about the temple and took lots of pictures. Thanks to our old friend from New Zealand who sponsored the trip. The children had a great time – they will never forget this time.
Once again, on behalf of the children we would like to thank you very much for your donations and supports – friends like you make our project possible.
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!
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