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Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Free education for 300 children in rural Cambodia
Our newly formed Green Team
Our newly formed Green Team

Dear all,

This is a very strange and scary time we find ourselves in, I hope you and your loved ones are well and managing to keep some element of normality.  Now, more than ever community spirit is key.  How we show this community spirit may have to change, but a simple phone call or message to check in, or simply asking if you can support in anyway can mean the world to someone and show you care.  Lets try and keep this at the centre of our thoughts.

As I’m sure is the case for you, the situation is changing here on a daily, if not hourly basis, making everything very uncertain.  At the beginning of the week, The Ministry of Education made the decision to close all schools, so for now, Helping Hands school is on a break.  This doesn't mean we stop.  Instead we have to think outside the box to show our care for the community, and we need to ensure we are fully prepared for when the situation begins to settle.

Many of our students will be forced to seek work to help them and their families through this difficult time, and once we’re able to re-open they will likely need our support more than ever.  It’s imperative that we keep our garden healthy, to ensure we have plenty of fruit and vegetables growing to provide the much needed nutrients that our students will require on their return to school.  On top of that, the health and well-being of our staff is of the utmost importance, and despite not being on their normal work schedule, we want to ensure they still receive their salary and are able to look after themselves and their families.

I’m sure this is a very disconcerting time for you, with so many questions and uncertainty.  If you find yourself in a position where you can spare a few pennies to help us, we would be immensely grateful.  GlobalGiving are running a 5 day long match campaign starting 9am ET, this coming Monday 23rd March and during this time they will match any donation up to $50 by 50%!  No matter how much you have to spare, your donations really can go far and have significant impacts on our staff and students.  Please consider supporting us at this time if you can.

In other news, I have some happy and hopefully uplifting updates for you.  Read on for all the details.

Our newly formed Green Team

Plastic, and the build up of general waste are big problems in rural Cambodia.  There are no waste disposal or collection services that cover these areas and there is little education and awareness of the damages such issues can cause to the environment and personal health.

A group of students who are keen to learn more about, and take action against single use plastic and rubbish in our local environment, recently came together to form our Green Team.  These inspirational students will lead the way in the fight against plastic and rubbish around our school and in the local community.

Their first task was supporting Director Sopheap in organising and running a clean-up in our village, and what a wonderful job they did!  Following an eye-opening presentation on the detrimental effects of plastic and waste, our Green Team led the rest of our students through the village, sharing their knowledge with the locals and clearing up the rubbish as they went.  Everyone made sure to separate items they could recycle, and despite the hard work and hot sun, everyone had a fulfilling (and fun) time making their village a cleaner space!

Going forward, the Green Team will support with monitoring and maintaining the school environment, support teaching of the younger students, and organise more clean-ups in the village and surrounding areas.  We're so proud of the team for showing an interest and taking the initiative to improve their environment.

Child Safety Module Outreach

As you know from our last update, at the end of last year we launched our new Child Safety Module.  This initiative is developing well, both within and outside school.  Members of the local community have shown great interest in learning themselves, so our Social Worker, Kong, has been running workshops for parents and others in the local area to cover the topics that our students have been learning about.  We’ve also had interest from other schools in the area who are keen to have us deliver workshops to them as well.  We look forward to seeing how this can continue to grow once schools re-open.

Sports Programme continues to grow

Following our Sports Festival in December, the Globalteer Sports project has gone from strength to strength.  The team is growing, and following training from Senior Sports Coach Lak, our new Sports Coaches are able to run the sports Programme at Helping Hands while Lak is focussing on rolling the programme out to other local schools.  We’re thrilled to be given the opportunity to take the sports programme further afield, reaching more students and impacting more lives in the community.  We look forward to updating you on more developments soon.

Please take care and look after yourselves and loved ones.  Stay safe, but take care of your community where you can.  

Love and best wishes

Jess, and all at Helping Hands.

Smiles as our students head out for the clean-up!
Smiles as our students head out for the clean-up!
Happy to be making a difference in their community
Happy to be making a difference in their community
Kong running a Child Safety workshop for Mum's
Kong running a Child Safety workshop for Mum's
Un Sokhim, one of our new Sports Coaches
Un Sokhim, one of our new Sports Coaches
Please support our community if you can
Please support our community if you can

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The sack race at our Sports Festival
The sack race at our Sports Festival

Dear supporter,

As we near the end of the year it’s a great time to reflect on all that has happened over the last 12 months at Helping Hands. It’s been a wonderful and successful year, with significant developments in our curriculum, the installation of fans in the classroom and a new toilet block amongst other things.  We’re incredibly grateful to you for the role you’ve payed in supporting us. Thank you very much.

The last couple of months have been particularly exciting with our new school year starting.  As well as welcoming new students, we've distributed new uniforms and bicycles and held a fun Sports Festival for our students and their families.. Read on for all the details.

Uniform

November marks the start of the new school year in Cambodia, and for our students to be able to enrol at Government school, they are required to have the correct uniform.  Sadly this is a cost our students' families simply cannot afford, so part of our commitment to our students is to provide the uniform necessary for them to be able to enrol and attend Government school. This year, with huge thanks to AmmanyA, we have yet again been able to provide this. Our students are therefore able to access the Government school education, as well as receive the additional support of Helping Hands.

Bicycles

The journey to and from school is a long one for some of our students, particularly those who are studying at junior high school. They rely on bicycles, often sharing rides with friends to make the journey, but thanks to the incredible Ponheary Ly Foudation and Eyes Open, we were able to provide 50 of our students with brand new bicycles last month! These new bicycles make that journey just a little bit easier! No more sharing rides with friends, and our students can be fully independent and safe in the knowledge that their new bicycles are in perfect condition and won't let them down!

Child Protection and Curriculum Developments

Earlier this month, the Globalteer and Helping Hands teams came together to launch our new Child Safety Module, which will be a part of the curriculum going forward. Child Protection has always been an important focus among our teachers, staff and volunteers, and we’re now implementing lessons for our students, which include online safety, home hazards, safe and unsafe touches, and stranger danger.

Through a variety of activities, we will bring awareness to some of the risks our students face, and ensure that close, open relationships are built between students and teachers, ensuring our students feel safe to talk to, and potentially report to, our teachers. The goal is that when a dangerous situation does arise, students will be able to identify it, and will have a support network to report it to and seek help from. Through this program they will be empowered to act on their rights.

Going forward we plan to grow this program to cover other topics such as electricity, exploitation and abduction, all of which are areas that children in Cambodia are at risk from.

Sports Festival

Last week, in partnership with the Globalteer Sports Project we held our first Sports Festival Day at Helping Hands. Students of all ages participated in events ranging from relay and sack races, to football and local Khmer games. Parents, local school Directors and the Village Chief all came along to enjoy the event. It was a huge success and so much fun for both participants and spectators! 

As mentioned above, the last 12 months have been a huge sucess at Helping Hands. Thank you so much for your support this year, we hope you are able to continue giving us a helping hand in 2020. Happy holidays and we all wish you the very best for the year ahead.

Jess, and all at Helping Hands

Excitement at trying on their new uniform!
Excitement at trying on their new uniform!
New uniform
New uniform
Receiving their brand new bicycles.
Receiving their brand new bicycles.
Meeting to launch our new Child Protection Module
Meeting to launch our new Child Protection Module
An impressive long jump at our Sports Festival
An impressive long jump at our Sports Festival

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Ready to start the Temple Run 2019
Ready to start the Temple Run 2019

The last few months have seen some wonderful training opportunities for both our students and teachers, and we’ve also celebrated a couple of very exciting graduations! We held our 3rd annual Temple Run in August, and we’ve also gained a brand new building at school! It’s been an exciting few months, read on for all the details!

Graduations

Teacher Yoeuy has been attending Interactive Teacher Training workshops every Saturday this year, all whilst working full-time at Helping Hands and studying for his degree in the evenings! Yoeuy’s commitment to learning is inspiring, and we’re all so proud to announce his graduation from The ITTSR training course. From his initial observation, through all the weeks training, right up to his graduation, his teacher expressed such enthusiasm for his development and we’re all excited to see him putting his new skills to practice in lessons. Huge congratulations Yoeuy! All that hard work was definitely worth it.

Another very exciting graduation took place at the end of August. We're very proud to announce that a very hard-working and determined young man that Helping Hands has supported, graduated from the prestigious Haven training school. Having completed his Chef training with Haven, Koan now goes on to a 4 month internship to perfect the skills he has learned. With the vast majority of Haven graduates going on to secure full-time employment with their internship placements, we're confident that Koan will soon find himself in the workforce. Congratulations Koan and the very best of luck for the future!

Workshops

We’ve also had some amazing workshops put on at school for both teachers and students over the last few months. Soft Skills 4 Life ran a workshop on various topics from team building to time management and adapted the content for each audience. We were very happy to be able to open up this training opportunity to other teachers from the area and other members of the local community too. It was a fun and educational day, as well as a great community event! Thank you to the trainers for all the work they put in and to Sopheap for arranging this great event!

On top of this, we’ve also had a number of people give up their time to come and talk to our students about the importance of continuing education, whether at university or in practical training programmes. Having outside members of the community come and talk to our students about these topics is invaluable in helping them understand the opportunities available to them in the future. 

Our brand new toilet block

We were very lucky to have the lovely Natalie visit us a few months ago, and after learning about the structural problems with our toilet block, Natalie pledged to give us a helping hand. Together with her friend Henry, they donated the full amount of funds necessary for us to build a brand new toilet block, that will stand up against the Cambodian weather and last for many years to come!  Thank you so much to this wonderfully generous pair for enabling this project to happen. Take a look at the finished toilet block below.  It was very kindly painted by a group of students we had volunteering, which was the perfect way to complete this new addition to the school.

Temple Run 

Our 2019 Temple Run was another huge success. We had a lot of members of the local community come and support the event and all of our students had a blast! Each and every student displayed incredible team work and determination, it was a close race, but in the end only one team could come out on top, and the winners were...

Teacher Lak and his team Rabbit Run. Congratulations to all!.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you for supporting our school, your helping hands are invaluable to us!  Please continue to support us when you can, to not only enable us to continue running our current programme but also to continue making improvements to the services we supply for our students and local community.

Many thanks

Jess, and all at Helping Hands

Teacher Yoeuy graduating from ITTSR
Teacher Yoeuy graduating from ITTSR
Koan graduating from Haven with his very proud mum
Koan graduating from Haven with his very proud mum
Fun whilst training, with Soft Skills 4 Life
Fun whilst training, with Soft Skills 4 Life
Our brand new toilet block!
Our brand new toilet block!
Mid race at the Temple Run 2019
Mid race at the Temple Run 2019

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Writing Through workshop
Writing Through workshop

The last few months have been full of celebrations at Helping Hands.  We've seen some very exciting developments to our curriculum, some wonderful unique learning opportunities for both students and staff, and fun and celebratory events too. 

Curriculum Development 

Education is of course at the forefront of what we do at Helping Hands and we're always looking to provide additional learning opportunities for our students and develop our curriculum where we can.  We're happy to share that the last few months have seen long-term developments to our programme as well as a couple of unique workshops

Creative Writing Workshop

Each year, we aim to provide a group of our students with a unique workshop that works to expand their language, writing skills, creativity, imagination, and confidence.  The workshop sees them producing poems and short stories both independently and as a group.  

It's with thanks to our partner organisation Writing Through, former Programme and Communications Manager, Sita, and the generosity of our supporters, that we were once again able to provide this unique learning experience.

And what a wonderful and creative week it was!

The theme for this years workshop was the Natural World.  Using the environment around them, the students took nature walks to help them brainstorm ideas for their writing.  They discussed evolution, the science behind how humans and animals grow, and all the benefits that trees and plants have on our environment.

It was wonderful to see our students being creative and exploring different ideas, thoughts and feelings. They all thoroughly enjoyed the week, and were very proud of the beautifully written pieces of work they produced.  The 'Big Event' saw each student presenting their work to family and friends, it was a great day!  Congratulations to all involved!

New Sports Programme

With huge thanks to the Globalteer Sports Project, we've not only been the lucky recipients of new sports equipment but also a new teacher who is focussed solely on Physical Education.  We're all very happy to welcome Teacher Lak to the Helping Hands team.

Lak is doing a brilliant job of implementing a variety of sports classes each day: incorporating fun warm up activities, skills training and plenty of games, as well as teaching our students about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle! Our students are loving their new sports curriculum!

Health and Hygiene Workshops

Health and hygiene are big focuses of ours, and we’ve been lucky enough to have volunteer Francesca run hygiene workshops for our staff and alumni who volunteer at the school.  These workshops have not only been very informative but have also been a whole load of fun with a variety of games being used to teach different hygiene messages!

Our staff and alumni are now all perfectly equipped to pass on the information they’ve learnt to our students and their families.  Big thank you to Francesca for giving her time to share her knowledge with us.

Celebrations galore!

Khmer New Year Party! 

Khmer New Year (Choul Chnam Thmey) falls in mid-April, and coincides with the end of the harvesting season.  It is one of the biggest and most important holidays of the year, and is particularly enjoyable for children, given all the fun water games that are typical of Khmer New Year. 

Before our staff and students took a well-earned break with their families we had our own celebration at school.  Each class cooked up a delicious feast and we had lots of games, music and dancing!

Kong and Neang tie the knot!

We're all very excited to share the wonderful news that two of our staff members got married last month.

Kong and Neang's wedding was a happy, colourful celebration of the joining of these two dedicated members of our team.  A huge congratulations to the two of you, we all wish you a very long and happy life together.

Thank you so much for continuing to support Helping Hands, we couldn't do any of this without the generosity of people like you!

Jess and all at Helping Hands.

Our new sports lessons!
Our new sports lessons!
Having fun while learning about hygiene!
Having fun while learning about hygiene!
Water games at our Khmer New Year party
Water games at our Khmer New Year party
Enjoying their meal at our Khmer New Year party.
Enjoying their meal at our Khmer New Year party.
Kong and Neang on their wedding day.
Kong and Neang on their wedding day.

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The Power of the Crowd
The Power of the Crowd

Dear supporter,

We're currently celebrating the power of the crowd, by recognising the incredible impact a group of people can have, when they work together.  Thanks to all of our staff, volunteers and donors, 2018 brought some big developments and great successes at Helping Hands.  You can take a look at some of the highlights in our annual report

Back in February our students came together to work on making a big impact on their local community... read on to find out how they got on! 

And as we look forward to the rest of 2019, we look to you, our loyal crowd of followers, and humbly ask for your continued support.   With GlobalGiving's match campaign underway this week, there has never been a better time to show your support.  Read on for all the details, and to see how you could ensure we have the power of the crowd.

 

GlobalGiving's Match Campaign

GlobalGivings little by little match campaign has begun.  From now until Friday 12th April, GlobalGiving will match each donation up to $50 by a huge 60%!!


No matter how much you can spare, this is the perfect time to maximise the impact of your donation and make a difference to a childs life.

$10 becomes $16

$25 becomes $40

$50 becomes $80


On top of this, if you're able to commit to a monthly donation, GlobalGiving will match this by an additional 100%

e.g. If you can commit to $20 donation each month, we will receive an additional $12 from the 60% match and $20 from the 100% match = a total of $32 of additional funds!!

We're so happy and proud to be able to share positive developments with you!  However, these changes do unfortunately impact on our running costs. We're committed to maintaining our programme, and continuing to look for ways of improving and developing what we offer, but to do this we need your help.  Could you spare a few pounds or dollars each month to help us cover costs and look for future development?

Every little really does help and can go a long way in Cambodia.  Any amount you can spare will be hugely appreciated, and with the match campaign, your donation will go even further!

Follow the link below to make your donation today.

bit.ly/HH-GlobalGiving

*GlobalGiving's match campaign runs until 11:59pm ET on Friday 12th April.  

 

Community Work

We’re working on teaching our students to love our planet, and love our community.  In February, our students came together to support their local community by participating in a clean up of their village. 

Like many rural areas in Cambodia, the village of Prasat Char struggles to dispose of rubbish. There are no waste management services that cover the area, so many families are left with no other option than to dump litter or burn their waste, releasing harmful toxins into the air.

The aim of the clean up was to raise awareness amongst our students and the wider community and educate them on how to make small changes to reduce and manage their waste

Our students learnt about the importance of caring for our environment and the harmful effects of plastic. They also picked up some tips on how to reduce waste, use less plastic and re-use and up-cycle different materials. Our clean-up also served to raise awareness in the community.

Our students really impressed us with their understanding and enthusiasm for the clean-up. They came up with some great pledges to reduce their use of plastic, and committed to encouraging their family members to do the same.

It just goes to show what can be achieved when people come together to support or work on a single goal.  Great work everyone! 

A Sad Farewell, but a Happy and Warm Welcome!

At the end of March, we sadly said farewell to one of our much-loved teachers,Thong.  Thong has been working at Helping Hands for just over 2 years, teaching both English and Khmer.  Always smiling and laughing, Thong built a great rapport with her students and the other staff, and she will be hugely missed by all of us! 
 
We're all very sad to see Thong go, but we wish her the best of luck in her new role.

There's always a silver lining, and Thongs departure means we can welcome Dalie (pictured below) to the team.  Dalie is a former Helping Hands student and current University Scholarship recipient, thanks to the Stott family. Dalie is in her 3rd year of studying and has already completed 2 teacher training courses, and has practical teaching experience.  Dalie currently teaches part-time at the local Government school and is coming on board at Helping Hands on a part-time basis too.  We're all very excited to have Dalie on the team!

Volunteers in Action

Health care workers Telisha, Kiran and Jayne from the UK travelled to Cambodia together to share their volunteer experience.

All so full of enthusiasm, they quickly got stuck in to supporting our teachers and running some fun sessions with games, singing and lots of English speaking! The three ladies also delivered an amazing first aid workshop to our alumni who volunteer at school.  The young volunteers loved learning new skills and are really happy they can now help our students and people in the village if they need it.  Telisha, Kiran and Jayne even brought a little first aid kit for each of the participants so they are now fully equipped to help anyone in need of first aid care!

A huge thank you to these three ladies for giving their time and sharing their knowledge with us. 

A big, big thank you to each and every one of our wonderful volunteers from the past couple of months; John, Sarah and Stephen, Nirav, Mariana, Brigitte and liz, Telisha, Kiran and Jayne, and Darron you have all been such a big help!

Are you interested in volunteering with us or are you a past volunteer who wants to share their story or experience? Contact us at helping.hands@globalteer.org

As always, thank you so much for your continued support!  Please continue to give us a 'helping hand' and spread the word to your family and friends, and don't forget GlobalGiving's match campaign runs until 11:59pm Friday 12th April - don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to maximise your donation and impact! 

From all the Students, Teachers and Staff thank you very much, orkun chran!!

Ready for the village clean up!
Ready for the village clean up!
Having fun working together!
Having fun working together!
Farewell teacher Thong
Farewell teacher Thong
A very warm welcome to new teacher Dalie
A very warm welcome to new teacher Dalie
A successful first aid workshop!
A successful first aid workshop!

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