Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia
Reducing Poverty and Inequality in Urban Cambodia

Project Report | Jan 13, 2020
What a difference a year can make!

By Becki Bolsover | Program Manager

Dear Supporters,


With our volunteer numbers increasing we knew that we could really make a difference in our fundraising efforts. Since the success of our “Zumbathon” in the last quarter we looked to develop fun events that would not only raise money, but provide our volunteers with a fun experience that would impact their overall experience with us. 


In October we had a public holiday for the King’s Coronation Day on the 29th, which was when we had a group of 7 volunteers. This meant all of our regular classes were cancelled so we set the volunteers a challenge for the day. We challenged our volunteers to compete in an extreme scavenger hunt across Kampong Cham, where they gained points for completing a variety of tasks. The team who ended up with the most points at the end of the day was crowned in the evening as kings and queens of the scavenger hunt! Volunteers contacted friends and family to sponsor them to win the scavenger hunt, and we even had points awarded to the team that managed to get the most donations on the day. We raised an incredible $425 on our just giving page which was put towards our classroom fund.


To round off the quarter & the year we decided to have a Christmas fundraiser. We thought that as it was Christmas we wouldn’t create an event that volunteers needed to be sponsored for, but instead just reach out to friends and family to give a gift of a donation to a worthy cause over the festive season. After speaking and listening to the needs of the young girls that we teach in Cheung Kok, a local Eco Village,  an issue came up. The girls we work with don’t have easy access to computers or IT lessons at school, which are essential skills to help open up their opportunities in the modern world. We then decided that this Christmas fundraiser would be perfect for them and we would aim to buy a few laptops to build up the girls’ skill base, help empower them and reach their full potential. The fundraiser was set to have it’s pinnacle day on Christmas day, and we would thank the volunteers for all their hard work over the holidays by putting on a live games afternoon where regular board games were brought to life. 


As of 28th December we had raised $375, which is quite far off the target we hoped for. I have now adapted the fundraising page so we can continue the fundraisers with new volunteers into the new year, as now we are asking for people to help develop computer literacy into 2020. Hopefully we can increase the amount and get a larger number of laptops for the girls.


Unfortunately due to staffing changes we have not had a card to be able to spend any of the funds from our classrooms fund in the country. However we have been working on plans for what we will do next quarter instead. We will start 2020 off strong with lots of projects coming to life in the first quarter! We have used some of the funds in programme to support our wonderful Community Liaison Officer, Kimyi.


Kimyi is one of the greatest assets that GVI Cambodia has. He is the most experienced and knowledgeable in the field of education out of our entire team, and we are so grateful to have such a great team member! In November we celebrated him reaching a year of working with GVI and the heartwarming messages written in his card by volunteers just showed how Kimyi really makes our programme strong.  


During the last quarter I have really seen Kimyi go from strength to strength. He has always been wonderfully kind and supportive, but I knew on occasions he would sit back as he wasn’t confident enough to be able to lead the volunteers in a better direction. Being a confident leader is definitely something that I have seen Kimyi work on in the past few months, and it is wonderful to see the difference it has made. He is the one that volunteers go to for teaching advise when he is working, and he ensures that all volunteers are developing their skills to make them an asset to the community. His English language skills have flourished as he asks the volunteers lots of questions to develop his abilities. This not only helps him, but enhances the volunteers experience as they are getting to support someone who they work closely with. Kimyi is an absolute pleasure to work with, and I am so grateful that we have the funds to support him.


The first quarter in 2020 will be GVI’s last in Kampong Cham, as we are moving our hub to Siem Reap. We have decided to move our hub so that we can attract more volunteers with a well rounded project, and Siem Reap offers a lot more opportunities to really develop and strengthen our women’s empowerment, health care and environmental programmes. This means that over the next 3 months we will be ensuring that our current partners are well supported through the transition, and we will be working with 2 of them on development projects. 


One of them is with providing Chueng Kok with laptops & computer literacy lessons, which I highlighted earlier in our specific fundraiser. The other project is a with our partner. After a recent meeting with them, they decided that instead of helping to renovate one of their classrooms, we could help impact more community members if we were to support them in developing a counselling room for them. They already have a room that is called their counselling room but it has cracks in the walls, broken tiles, flaking paint, and only a few bits of old furniture which aren’t suitable for a counselling room. They told us how no one ever uses the room, but it is such an important space for their students as a lot of them come from very difficult backgrounds. We have already started collating ideas for the room, where we will initially make the repairs and then re decorate. It is a very exciting project for our staff and volunteer team to be involved in, and we are excited to work closely with them to make their ideas a reality. We know that ensuring everyone is able to have good mental wellbeing is paramount for their health. This is why we are ensuring we conduct this project to the highest standard for that we can impact all the students who come to them into the future. 


We can’t thank you enough for your continued support to our work here in Cambodia. We could not achieve what we have been without your help and I don’t think I can express enough just how grateful my team and the community here are. I hope you continue to enjoy hearing about our progress, as we have a lot of very exciting things planned for our Healthcare programme when we reach Siem Reap


With Gratitude,


Cambodia Classrooms

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Tyrone Bennett
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