Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art

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Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art
Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art

Dear supporters

After a year of bad news, we are absolutely delighted to be able to send this new report, which is an incredibly happy one for everyone at Tiny Toones.

For most of last year our centre was closed by order of the Government, in order to contain the spread of COVID. We did our best to support our students through community outreach and helping them to keep up with their studies, but we knew it was no substitute for having our centre open to provide a safe haven and really effective in-person learning.

We knew we were lucky. Many other NGOs and community organisations ran out of funds during the pandemic and closed. Thanks to your monthly donations, we were able to survive and keep making an impact. But we weren't able to offer our kids the better lives they deserved, and that was hard on our whole team.

Well, that's no longer the case. COVID hasn't disappeared from Cambodia, and we are still having to be very careful with safety and hygiene, but thanks to an incredible vaccination programme we were able to reopen again at the end of last year.

So once again, our kids are pouring into our classrooms every day and learning, laughing, playing and getting creative. It's a joy and we have so many exciting plans for 2022. Please stay tuned to our social media channels and learn more.

But for now, thank you. You're the reason we can call this a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

With love and thanks

The Tiny Toones Family

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Dear supporters

We wish we could send you an update full of good news but unfortunately right now that is difficult. There is some good news, but you will have to wait until the end.

Le'ts start with the difficult news. As you may know, the last four months have been very hard in Cambodia. After a long period where we were spared high numbers of COVID-19 infections, that began to change in March. After being so glad to re-open our centre and all of the classrooms, we again had to close them. In fact, the majority of our students were soon placed in very strict lockdowns as they lived in "red zones" of high infection numbers. COVID is of course easier to spread in densely populated areas like the slum zones where most of our children live.

Cambodia has still not faced as many illnesses and deaths as many of our neighbours, and the situation does appear to be coming under control. The Government has done an excellent job in getting vaccines out to the population, and most of our children's families are now vaccinated. We hope that the end is in sight. However, our students have experienced even greater hardship than ever before, with many more having to work to help their families. Our staff, who are largely from the same neighbourhoods as our children, have also experienced restrictions and hardships throughout this time.

But here is the good news. Thanks to your support - our only income at this time - we haven't had to close permanently, unlike many other NGOs. We have been able to keep our staff on at a basic level and continue working to support the children in their community settings. We are organising food support to the children who have been most at risk.

The fact we are still going is so important. It means not only can we keep providing guidance and relief now but that when we are allowed to open again, we can begin to pick up the pieces, and again give our students hope in the future. If we weren't here, we don't know what these children would do.

And we owe it all to you. Please keep supporting us... and we hope that the next report will be full of much better news.

THANK YOU

The Tiny Toones Family

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Dear friends and supporters

For the last five months, Tiny Toones has been back to doing what we do best: providing an education to kids who would otherwise miss out, and firing up their creativity.

It hasn't been easy. Just as a reminder of the situation here - while Cambodia has had far fewer cases of COVID-19 than other countries, there have been some outbreaks which have led to temporary school closures. That has made running Tiny Toones extremely challenging, but we have kept going and tried to keep our students as safe as possible at the same time.

The biggest consequence of the pandemic has been economic. The entire Cambodian economy has been harmed by the restrictions put in place to protect the public, and our children - already some of the poorest - have been hit hard.

That's why we have been so happy to receive some one-off donations within Cambodia and outside to provide local families with a bit of support. The most moving was one made in the name of Julian Yom, a young man from the USA who sadly passed away as a result of leukaemia.

However, as difficult as things remain we are infinitely happier now we are able to do our work more directly, in the way we love, by working directly with our kids in the classrooms and in our creative studios. We are taking many sensible measures including social distancing, face masks and regular temperature checking, but we are again open and for that we are very grateful.


Thank you for supporting us all the way through this so we didn’t have to close our centre or lose our best teachers. Your support means that once this pandemic fades, these children have a chance at a better future.



Thank you

The Tiny Toones Family

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Dear Friends and Supporters

We are back!

Just a couple of weeks ago we were beyond delighted to open our gates again, at last giving some of Phnom Penh's most disadvantaged - and amazing! - kids a chance to again learn, play and create. We are thrilled, and so are the kids, and it was only possible because of you, our donors.

Just as a reminder of the situation here - while Cambodia has had far fewer cases of COVID-19 than other countries, it has still had to take many emergency measures to protect its citizens. This included the temporary closure of schools and community centres like ours, as well as the restriction of almost all international travel. This has had a catastrophic impact on the economy, one which will likely be felt for many years to come.

During the closure we placed a lot of focus on trying to encourage safety in the communities we work in. We promoted social distancing and mask-wearing, including the use of entertaining videos to get the message across to children. Thanks to local businesses and the generosity of supporters like you, we were able to support those who were suffering the worst consequences of COVID. But now we are able to do our work more directly, in the way we love, by working directly with our kids in the classrooms and in our creative studios. We are taking many sensible measures including social distancing, face masks and regular temperature checking, but we are again open and for that we are very grateful.

The other thing we are incredibly grateful for is all of you. You supported us all the way through this so we didn’t have to close our centre or lose any of our incredible teachers, blows which we might never have recovered from. You kept us going and that has kept our kids going.


Thank you

The Gratetul Tiny Toones Family

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Dear Friends and Supporters

It probably won't surprise you to hear that our biggest news is the impact of COVID-19, which has had a huge and devastating impact in Cambodia as in so many other countries.

While Cambodia has had far fewer cases of COVID-19 than many other countries, it has still had to take many emergency measures to protect its citizens. This has included the temporary closure of schools and community centres like ours, as well as the restriction of almost all international travel. This has had a catastrophic impact on the economy, one which will likely be felt for many years to come.

In the short term, our focus has had to shift to keeping Tiny Toones alive so that when the restrictions are lifted the kids still have a safe place to go in our centre. We have never had a large workforce and payroll, and so we are managing to keep most of our team until we can reopen, which is essential given their years of experience. Our rent, already as low as possible in Phnom Penh, could not be reduced. Our costs are very low but we are still struggling and your support is what is keeping us going.

We have placed a lot of focus on trying to encourage safety in the communities we work in. We have promoted social distancing and mask wearing, including the use of graphics and entertaining videos, and were incredibly happy when a local business manufactured colourful, child-friendly masks and made them free for our children. 

In fact, if there has been one big positive thing about all of this, it's the way Cambodians and others have stepped in to support those who are really suffering. Another local business donated food to the most disadvantaged families and we were recently thrilled when our long term friend Micaela Love, now living in the USA, encouraged people to donate to us for her birthday. She raised over $2,000, money which went directly into emergency food for the poorest and more community outreach to children who might be at risk.

The other thing we are incredibly grateful for is all of you. Everyone who is still supporting us, keeping us alive, even though we know many other people are crying out for your money and you will be going through hardships yourselves, no doubt.

You are giving our kids hope, because again and again we are hearing that they just want to come back and see their friends and learn again. Your support means we can still give them that hope. It's hard to put in words just how much this means to us.

Thank you

The Gratetul Tiny Toones Family

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Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
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Jaime Gill
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