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