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Jul 12, 2019

Please Join us on the 18th July!

Dear Kind Friends and Supporters of our School,

Thank you so much for your marvelleous help and continued support. We are immensely grateful for your good-will!

Our children have been busy learning how to make traditional shadow puppets. During the dry season we dried and coloured the cow-hide using natural dyes derived from tree bark. This is an ancient method and completely natural. Now the rainy season has begun, we are making the puppets. Our children are learning this skill in the afternoons, after their state school lessons in the mornings and before their music and dance lessons. Our children love making puppets and find it very satisfying creating these lovely works of art. Indeed working with their hands this way is very calming and therapeutic. Soon our puppets will be ready for performance! Our oldest students and our masters also make puppets which can be put on sale to raise funds for our school.

I am very happy to say that after a month at our school, our new group of ten very vulnerable children are already in better health. They are eating nourishing food and are in the proces of receiving medical checks and treatment. One child was already receiving treatment for a serious illness. Our school director in coordination with the local authorities, provided rice, canned fish, cooking oil and other foodstuffs to the mothers of these children. The mothers were also ill and malnourished.

The new children have also been enthusiastically learning new skills, including traditional Cambodian music, dance and Yike.

In just a month, we have noticed that the children are able to speak and articulate better. At the beginning they were so hungry and sick that their brain function had slowed down.

As we are now part of the ChildSafe Alliance and our staff are receiving continual training from the NGO "Friends International", we now open our doors to provide temporary, emergency shelter. Last month we received two emergency cases of battered women with two very young children. We have provided them with shelter and meals,  we then coordinated with other NGOs and the local authorities to provde long-term solutions for them.

This all requires support and so we will be focusing our fund-raising efforts on the 18th July GlobalGiving Bonus Day for our "Emergency Program for Vulnerable Children, Cambodia" (Project Number 40599). 

Please spread the word about our Bonus Day. It will start at 09:00am (ET) and end on the same day at 11.59pm (ET - Eastern Time, USA).

Donations from $100 to $499 will be matched by GlobalGiving 15%

Donations from $500 to $749 will be  matched at 30%

Donations from $750 to $1,000 will be matched 50%

The organisation who raises the most, or who gathers the most donors will receive a bonus prize too!

The Bonus Day is very important for us, because it helps us raise vital funds in the middle of the year, when it is harder to find funds in general.

Thank you from everyone at the Kampot Traditional Music School!

 

*(Photographs taken with permission by students and staff of KCDI, kind courtesy of Steve Porte)

Learning the Coconut Folk Dance
Learning the Coconut Folk Dance
Folk Dance
Folk Dance

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Jul 10, 2019

Join us on the 18th July!

Playing about before a folk dance lesson
Playing about before a folk dance lesson

Dear Kind Friends and Supporters of our School,

Thank you so much for your marvelleous help and continued support. We are immensely grateful for your good-will.

Our children have been very busy learning how to make traditional shadow puppets. During the dry season we dried and coloured the cow hide using an ancient, natural technique with tree-bark dyes. Now the rainy season has begun we are making the puppets. Our children are learning this skill in the afternoon after their state school scholastic lessons and before their music and dance lessons. Our children love making puppets and find it very satisfying creating these lovely works of art. Indeed working with their hands in this way, is both calming and therapeutic. Soon our puppets will be ready for performance! Our oldest students and our masters also make puppets which can be put on sale to raise funds for our school.

I am very happy to say that after a month at our school, our new group of ten very vulnerable children are already in better health. They are eating nourishing food and are in the process of receiving medical checks and treatment. One of the children is already receiving treatment for a serious illness. Our school director Mr Sothy in coordination with the local authorities provided rice, canned fish, cooking oil and other emergency food supplies to their mothers. Their mothers were also ill and malnourished.

The new children have also been enthusiastically learning new skills, including tradiitonal Cambodian music, dance and Yike.

In the short space of a month, our folk dance teacher has said that they are also able to speak and articulate better. At the beginning they were so hungry and sick that their brain function had slowed down.

As we are now part of the ChildSafe Alliance and our staff are receiving continual training from the NGO Friends International, we now open our doors to provide temporary, emergency shelter. In the last month and a half we have received two emergency cases of battered women with very young children. We have provided them with shelter and meals, then we have coordinated with other NGOs and the local authorities to provide long-term solutions for them.

This all requires support and so we will be focusing our fundraising efforts on the 18th July GlobalGiving Bonus Day for our "Emergency Program for Vulnerable Children, Cambodia" (Project Number 40599). 

Please spread the word about our Bonus Day. It will start on the 18th July at 09.00am Eastern Time and end on the same day at 23.59 (ET). 

Donations from $100 to $499 will be matched 15%. Then donations from $500 - $749 will be matched 30% and finally donation from $750 to $1,000 will be matched 50%. The organisation who raises the most, or who gathers the most donors will also receive a bonus prize.

This Bonus Day is very important for us, as it helps as gather precious support in the middle of the year when it is harder to find funding in general.

Thank you all from everyone at the Kampot Traditional Music School!

(Photographs taken of our students and staff with their permission by kind courtesy of Steve Porte)

Folk Dance Lesson
Folk Dance Lesson
Master Samoeun trying out a shadow puppet
Master Samoeun trying out a shadow puppet

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Jun 3, 2019

Emergency Support, Education and Arts

Dear friends and supporters of our school,

Thank you so much for all your wonderful donations these last three months. We are truly grateful for your help.

Since I last wrote, we have started our program for very vulnerable and at risk children to come to our school.

These children come from from single-mother families where their fathers have died or abandoned them. Some have no proper home, no running water, no shoes, severe illness due to malnutrition and intestinal worms and can only attend state school erratically due to poverty. Although state school is supposedly free, children must wear school uniform and pay for books and extra courses. Many poor children cannot attend school properly for these reasons.

Their mothers love them, but can hardly cope. There are from three to five children per family. Some mothers have got very sick and malnourished and can no longer work. These women also have not had any education and survive by getting odd labour jobs, so that when they get sick they cannot earn anything at all. There is no social welfare in Cambodia for such people.

The children are at great risk of ending up on the street becoming beggars or being sucked into substance abuse and child gangs involved in theft and illicit activities. 

After coordinating with local authorities and careful discussions with the mothers of these children, our school firstly organised emergency food, (rice, cooking oil, canned fish) and then we began the procedure of assisting the children at our school.

We provide the children with transport to our school so that they can have a nutritious meal, receive clothing and medical care and Arts education. We also provide them with school books, pens, soaps and other materials. In the evening after their dinner, our school organises transport home so that they can be with their mothers again.

Mr Sothy our school director is also negotiating with local state school heads to facilitate their schooling for the end of this term. We will then assist them with their schooling at state school for the new upcoming terms. We are also coordinating with the local hospital for health checks and medical treatment.

It's very important that wherever possible children stay with their parent or relative. We do also have another program for resident children, but these are children who have nobody responsible left to care for them and who have been abused or sold by extended family and so cannot stay with them. Our program for blind children is done in coordination with their parents and works as a college format providing rehabilitation and education as they would not be able to receive this in remote rural areas. 

Such is the magnitude and gravity of their situation, I have set up a specific micro-project entitled "Emergency Support for Vulnerable Children" Project Number 40599. If any of you are interested in giving specific support or sharing with others, please do so. We will also have a special Bonus Fundraising Day on GlobalGiving on July 18th, with matching funds given by GlobalGiving. 

I will not show in this report the conditions in which we found the children, as this would not be dignified or respectful and I'm sure that as life gets better for them they would not like to be remembered in that way. However their situation is very serious. I will show photographs of different children and their activities at our school as an example of what we do. These photographs were made by Steve Porte with permission given by our children and staff.

Thank you for your kind attention and for all your precious help.

Having a laugh during a dance lesson
Having a laugh during a dance lesson
Mohori music lesson
Mohori music lesson

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