Jun 9, 2021

Impact and growth of Cambodian children in Khmer classical music

Cambodia music children practicing inside SCC SRP
Cambodia music children practicing inside SCC SRP

 At the time of reporting, COVID-19 is still endemic almost everywhere in Cambodia, seriously affecting the lives and livelihoods of the people, especially, families of orphans and vulnerable children. According to SCC field staff in Siem Reap province, the families of children who have practiced the classical music with SCC are having a hard time in living and studying, especially Cambodian classical music. They were not allowed to come to practice at the center at the same time together. The school committee and music teacher have allowed only 4 to 6 students to come to practice for 45 minutes a day according to the schedule set by the music teacher.

 During the practicing, all students are required to wear a mask, use alcohol or gel for hand washing, sit at a distance of 1.30 meter or more, in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia. For example, on June 6, 2021, six students were allowed to practice music at the SCC center.

Learning online is very difficult for them because they have no music instruments to practice hands-on and if they did not come to school, their past acquired knowledge may be forgotten. Please note that this classical music requires students to practice hands-on, not reading books. On the other hand, this method also can be monitored the students who came to study by the music teacher.

 The growth of the Cambodian children in classical music, the music teacher informed the staff of SCC that today there are a total of 30 students, 8 of whom are female. Of these music students, 15 were able to play music well. They are able to go out and make money by playing music with other bands. It should be noted that during the outbreak of COVID-19 in the communities, all of them did not go out to earn money by playing music because any event and wedding ceremony were suspended. Among the 15 students who are able to play the music well, only three were well versed in the traditional Khmer music they are learning and practicing today. All three of them have a lot of opportunities to perform at festivals and other wedding ceremony often.

On 13 January 2021, the event was hold at SCC CBE School in Siem Reap province. SCC Founder and president, SCC teachers and the SCC music band welcomed a family that had three people (dad, mom, and son). Visitors’ purposes: parents wanted to show their son of the loving kindness, how to share what they had to the poor needed families, doing good things in society, start doing things when they had enough time to do, best morality to their son. During that time they helped 30 poor students such as study materials, school uniforms, 10 liter of alcohol, brought us story books for our library, and coloring books for kindergarten. 4 bicycles were provided for other 4 kids from community. For SCC team, we prepared Cambodia music. What they played were: The first, the music for blessing guests to be happy(welcome music). Second, Krawan Siem Reap music, it made guests happy because they came to Angkor Wat, wonder of Angkor. Third, the ploysuoy music, it is original from the ethnic minority living in Oral district, Kampong Speu province, also made the guests happy because they have seen the ethnic minorities. Fourth, many modern music, the special feature is that Plengpinpeat (Khmer Pinpeat music) can play many modern music.

 After having finished performance of Cambodian music, SCC’s president made a short speech – welcomed guests, parents and kids and also introduced about SCC, CBE founder and donors, CBE goals and little chat with kids from CBE School and Kids living in the community. Then our Guests/visitors made a short speech with their sons/kids. They shared what they had challenged. They told kids to study hard, be brave and doing the right things. They also shared their compassion and loving kindness to everyone. They felt surprised and excited of what we arranged for them. They couldn't believe that the event made them quite emotional.

 Finally, SCC founder and president, gave them a thanks giving certificate and said thank you to all and visitors after they offered the gift for the kids. At last but not least guests spent an hour extra for chilling out with SCC staff and SCC CBE Christine school supervisor and teachers.

SCC Children performance drums (skor)
SCC Children performance drums (skor)
Musical group welcomed guests
Musical group welcomed guests

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May 24, 2021

Reduced hunger by providing nutritional support during COVID-19 pandemic

Three Defences and Three Do Not
Three Defences and Three Do Not

Improved knowledge of parent and children in preventing COVID-19

While COVID-19 pandemic has reduced new infections in Cambodia, SCC-CBE School has only been reopened from January 18th to 27th February 2021. In this reporting period from March to May 2021, SCC-CBE teachers have come to work at the school normally, but no any classes were allowed to open for teaching and learning. In March 2021, some children who live nearby the school could come to school to get lessons and homework from their teachers in order to practice at their home respectively. Note that both teachers and their students really adhered to the guidelines of Ministry of Health in Cambodia to prevent infection and to slow transmission of

COVID-19 in the community. So, SCC staff members including SCC-CBE teachers have abided by three prevention measures as follows:

 Three defenses:

1. Wear a mask in public.

2. Wash your hands with soap, alcohol or gel.

3. Maintain a social and individual safety gap of one and a half meters or more.

 Three do not:

1. Do not enter a closed, ventilated area.

2. Do not enter crowded places.

3. Do not touch each other.

 In April, during lockdown of the whole country, this incident affected the lives of many students; especially their parent/caregivers could not go out to earn a living, this hard situation made their lives fall into deep poverty.

SCC-CBE teachers teaching children via online during Covid-19 and made list for following up parent of children

 Students were not allowed to attend the school for a while: Despite facing a bad crisis situation and students could not attend the schools; however SCC-CBE teachers have not given up their duties. They have been working with parent/caregivers through social media such as making phone calls, Messenger, or Telegram on three main tasks as follows:

1- Following up the health issue of students and their parent/guardians during COVID-19             pandemic in the community.

2- Consulting with parent on an equal living. It means parent should equally know the income and expenses during this hardsituation. 

 

Poor family member received counseling during Covid-19 from SCC-CBE teacher

3- Encouraging parents to pay attention, help teach and educate their children during this difficult time.  

Please be confirmed that the three main tasks which were above-mentioned, SCC-CBE teachers have been doing on a regular basis because COVID-19 pandemic in the community still have new infection in Cambodia in this reporting period

Poor family children's received welfares support during Covid-19 from SCC Project

Donated rice to vulnerable children since February and March 2021

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Reduced hunger by providing nutritional support during COVID-19 pandemic: SCC-CBE School provided nutritional support such as 15 kilograms of rice and 10 canned fish to the 56 poorest of the poor SCC-CBE children’s families in Boengkak Slum Area, Phnom Penh city. This charitable donation donated by the partner organization PROtectKIDS Kambodscha and generous people through GlobalGiving, always generously donates rice and other eatable food to reduce the burden of the poorest of the poor people who are in need of food during COVID-19 pandemic in the target areas of SCC-CBE School.Not only that, PROtectKIDS Kambodscha organization has been providing relief aid to assist the poorest people and SCC-CBE children’s families and families who are very difficult to earn income for their living during COVID-19 pandemic. This restriction has a strongly significant impact on earning income of them for living. Some families were very poor; they must force their young children to go on the street to begging or some families send their children to beg. Currently, there were no any tourists visiting Cambodia; they have to rely on the generosity and kindness of the local people to support each other. As the Khmer saying “the rich help the poor”. Their struggle to live during the hard situation, many poor and hungry people in Cambodia calling for help, because of our budget limited we are able to only help the SCC-CBE target group, as for others not impossible to help generally. Noticeably the efforts to do these activities always encounter some problems, some people were happy to cooperate with our organization, but some also conflicted because they did not get those benefits. However, we are confident that the good deeds we have done will be seen by others and help spread the truth that together we can do it.

SCC-CBE teachers teaching children via online
SCC-CBE teachers teaching children via online
Poor family received counseling from CBE project
Poor family received counseling from CBE project
Poor family received education from CBE project
Poor family received education from CBE project
Distributed welfare to children's families
Distributed welfare to children's families
welfare support to children's family
welfare support to children's family

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Feb 10, 2021

UPDATED REPORT ON MUSIC AND DANCE AT SCC SIEM REAP

Nith playing Roneat Aek (Bamboo/wooden ) in SCC
Nith playing Roneat Aek (Bamboo/wooden ) in SCC

 UPDATED REPORT ON MUSIC AND DANCE AT SCC SIEM REAP PROVINCE

A Traditional Khmer Music and Dance School was established in September 2013 at SCC-Community Centre in Bosh Kralanh village, Chreav commune, Siem Reap district, Siem Reap province. Decidedly, the school has been reopened since January 18, 2021. This was informed by SCC Management Team and allowed by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia.

Success story

Nith right now lives with her parents in Bosh Kralanh village, Chreav commune, Siem Reap district, Siem Reap province. Her mother is a farmer and her father’s name is a farmer too.

 Nith, 23, was selected to study a Traditional Khmer Music since 2013 until now based on her wish. It was because she wants to be specialized in a Traditional Khmer Music. Currently she is able to play many styles of a Traditional Khmer Music. She can play Traditional Khmer music well. The styles which she can play many songs likeschounopor, Apsara, Kohtralaok, Pin Peat, roam vong and so on. She usually performs her music at the ceremony at Siem Reap province. Nith can earn amount 20 US dollars for one time of playing. She gets this income to support her family members. She has got 6 family members of which 3 males and 3 females in her family. Nith said that, “I want all young people loving, supporting and preserving the Khmer culture.” 

Besides learning and practicing a Traditional Khmer Music, Nith has participated in youth group (the most at-risk group to HIV/AIDS transmission) She has gained knowledge on how HIV transmission, misconceptions about HIV and how to prevent and care HIV transmission.

Nith with classmates playing Roneat Aek
Nith with classmates playing Roneat Aek

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