Sport  Cambodia Project #34187

Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport

by Globalteer
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Empower 1,000 Cambodian Kids Through Sport
Children learn the importance of warming up
Children learn the importance of warming up

Back in November, we were getting back into the swing of things, offering sports lessons and weekly football matches to the students at our Helping Hands School. They have been enjoying the variety of drills and games designed to help improve flexibility, strength and endurance, especially when they get to take the lead! Continuing the roller coaster, a new wave of Covid-19 cases prompted the government to shut the schools down again for December, but thankfully it didn’t last long this time! The program is back up and running, both at Helping Hands and, as of the beginning of February, in the wider area.

 

New Collaborations

We started 2021 with a welcome new arrival: our new Sports Project Manager, Jared Cahners. He’s well known as “the Frisbee Guy” in Siem Reap for organizing weekly ultimate frisbee games and he speaks Khmer (the local language), which makes him the perfect person for the job! Jared got stuck straight in, meeting with government schools to try to extend the reach of our program. We’ve got 6 primary schools onboard for this year and are working to get secondary schools involved soon. Physical education and sporting activities are not generally available through government schools, but with our team running regular sessions at different facilities, we will be able to promote healthy, active lifestyles and teach important skills to many more students.

 

Goals for Girls

Our Goals for Girls initiative, which promotes gender equality and female empowerment through sport, is also back up and running. From October, coaches were delivering sessions to 10 girls just from the Helping Hands School, but with other schools reopening, we have been inviting girls from the wider area to join and are already up to 15 participants. Through these workshops, we have witnessed these young women grow in confidence and start to use their voices. Several students have become outspoken with their opinions on gender roles, and have expressed a desire to achieve a higher level of education than that of their parents.

 

We couldn’t do this without your generosity, so thank you for your continued support. We’re excited to see how our projects and collaborations continue to grow over the coming months and to share more news soon!

 

Please keep in mind the upcoming Little-by-Little Campaign which will run from 8th to 12th March. GlobalGiving will 50% match every donation under $50 received during that week, and will also match any new recurring donations! We know times are hard, but if you do wish to donate, doing so between 8th and 12th March will help your generosity to go even further. Please share our project with friends and family, to help us to empower even more Cambodian children through sports.

 

Our "Goals for Girls" Team
Our "Goals for Girls" Team
Our new sports programme manager - Jared Cahners
Our new sports programme manager - Jared Cahners

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Stretching to prepare for the day's lesson!
Stretching to prepare for the day's lesson!

HHC School Programme

We’re happy to report that we are now seeing some light at the end of this pandemic-shaped tunnel! As of September 7th, almost 6 months after mandatory school closures brought Cambodian education to a nationwide halt, we have finally been permitted to resume most normal operations at our Helping Hands School, our first focal point for our Sports Programme, and we are proud to say that attendance was back up to 95% attendance from just two weeks after reopening.

The staff have wasted no time in resuming and expanding the sports programme at HHC. After six months of limited home-based, socially distanced learning, it is refreshing to see the courts once again filled with games, drills and matches. At present, the program’s main focus is on our ‘Goals for Girls’ initiative, which promotes women’s empowerment via sport. The program has been training twenty young women aged between 16-19 as coaches and referees, placing them in positions of leadership and responsibility that defy conventional gender roles in Cambodia. As the country emerges from virus restrictions, they’ll soon be able to put their skills to use, organizing and managing larger matches amongst the wider community.

Looking Forward

Whilst uncertainty for the future remains, we are deeply proud that the commitment to sports education shown by our students, their families, and community leaders, has risen above the turmoil and doubt sewn by the Covid-19 pandemic. Whatever the coming months may bring, sports will be a positive force, be that by via lifelong lessons in teamwork and leadership or by simply providing some relief from the ever-changing stresses of rural life in Cambodia.

And as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page! You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular Globalteer updates regarding this and all of our other projects!

Football drills!
Football drills!
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Stretching during a socially-distanced lesson!
Stretching during a socially-distanced lesson!

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world, and our Cambodia Sports Programme is no exception. Although we have had to adapt the programme over the last few months, our work has not stopped! Taking responsible precautions, and after discussions with the leaders in the village where we work, we have still been able to conduct some sports lessons with our kids near their homes, while maintaining hygiene rules and social distancing. It is important that our students are still receiving physical education during these times, keeping both their bodies and minds active and healthy.

Goals for Girls

We are happy to announce that preparations for the Goals for Girls aspect of our programme are underway. This programme will support about 25 girls, ages 16-19, bringing them together for a series of leadership workshops on the soccer pitch. Over the course of 1 year, these girls will use soccer as a tool to learn and discuss things like role models, leadership skills and the role of women in the community. It is our hope that these skills developed on the soccer field will translate into everyday life. We hope to begin workshops with our first group of girls within the next month.

New Coach

Since our last update, we have also hired our newest sports coach, Un Sokhim. We know she will be a great teacher for our students, and also an inspiration to the girls participating in the Goals for Girls programme! We’re excited for the perspective she will bring to our project.   

We hope to have more exciting updates for you with our next report!

And as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page! You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular Globalteer updates regarding this and all of our other projects!

Rope skipping - getting those heart-rates up!
Rope skipping - getting those heart-rates up!
Un Sokhim, our newest coach!
Un Sokhim, our newest coach!
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Sports festival
Sports festival

Here is another update from our Sports Programme in Cambodia!

We have been successful in recruiting two new young, energetic coaches; Phin and Sanay. Both have been picked from the community were we are working. This enables us to educate our coaches and impart sports knowledge, knowing that the knowledge will spread and stay within the community. They were trained under coach Lak for around 2 months. They have started running sport and physical education sessions in the village schools schools on a daily basis.

The new coaches joined our coaching clinic. It was divided into 2 sessions: theory and practical. The theory session covered Globalteer’s goals for the programme, followed by detailed discussions on physical education and football. The practical session held extensive football drills, emphasising on individual development as well as on the importance of team play, communication and fair play.

The highlight of December 2019 was most definitely the HHC Sports festival!

The Helping Hands Cambodia sports day was an effort to engage our students in friendly competition in simple individual and team sports. Along with the participants, the event also invited all parents to spectate, enjoy the games & the music, and provide support to their children. We had events such as sprinting, long jump, relay race, sack race, tug-of-war, football, volleyball, etc. Hudreds of children participated with around 150 parents turning up to cheer on their kids.

This event worked as a fun day out for a lot of people whilst bringing the community together. Through such events, Globalteer also aimed to build co-beneficial relationships with other NGOs working in similar areas. This event also acted as a practice run for the larger community festival day Globalteer is aiming to organise in March/ April 2020.

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We hope to have more exciting updates for you with our next report!

And as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page! You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular Globalteer updates regarding this and all of our other projects!

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Here is another update from our Sports Programme in Cambodia!

As we have mentioned in our previous reports, our programme is continuously growing! We are currently in the process of hiring more coaches so that we can reach out to a higher number of children in the area of Siem Reap. Our coaches are all part of our local staff. They know the areas we work in, they can communicate well with the children, and they live in nearby communities. Recently, we held a coaching clinic for our newest coaches, where they learned all about physical education and imparting life-skills through sports.

Sports Festival!

On December 15th, our Cambodia teammates are organising a sports festival for the children that are part of our sports programme in Siem Reap. This event will bring together children from different areas of the community for a fun day of sports, music, food, and friendly competition. The children can enjoy their favourite sports and connect with other children from the area. Along with the kids, the parents are invited along to support their children on this festive day. It’s a community event!

Our sports festival will include as many as 1,000 children and will prepare us for our next year’s event that will include children from 5 additional regions. As many as 6,000 children will be included in our festival next year as well! We are very excited about the expansion and the quality of our programme, and we are looking forward to a fun day for our children in Siem Reap.

Thank You for Reading!

We hope to have more exciting updates for you with our next report!

And as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page! You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular Globalteer updates regarding this and all of our other projects!

Coaches at our recent workshop
Coaches at our recent workshop
Getting practice in for the Sports Festival!
Getting practice in for the Sports Festival!
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Location: Totnes - United Kingdom
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Stephen Elliott
Totnes, United Kingdom
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