Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
March – May 2014
In March our children took the state tests, the purpose of these tests is to measure the children’s abilities. Although we don’t have the results yet, we are hoping that like the previous tests where all the children passed and many received good grades, is repeated again.
On the campus we continue to provide additional classes in English, math’s, physics and Kymer literature, which the children enjoy.
In March the Home was extremely pleased to be visited by a youth group from Singapore. A group of 22 children from Singapore, led by 2 teachers came to visit the home for 4 days, from the Friday 14th – Monday 17th. The purpose of their visit was to brighten up the home by cleaning the walls and paining cheerful images on the wall. While they were here they also spent time speaking English and teaching the children chemistry and math’s.
The group also taught the children how to grow plants in a plastic bottle, which will help with the propagation of the seedlings ready for the boxes as part of the growing box initiative. An advantage off this method is you will be able to see the roots grow and therefore know when the plants will be ready to be replanted in the growing boxes to provide successful harvests of vegetables for the home.
In the evening of the last day of their visit, the group invited all the children and staff to a buffet restaurant for a meal, to say thank you. The group also provided a generous donation to help the home expand the current spaces for living at the home. We would like to say a huge thank you to them for their support.
NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AND ASPIRATIONS
The Cambodia New Year takes place on the 13th April, which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labour before the raining season begins.
The Cambodian New Year, Chaul Chnam Thmey in Khmer means “Enter New Year” and the children will return to their families to celebrate the new year. The New Year is also a time of refection for the home, to celebrate the support of the previous year and set our aspirations for the New Year ahead.
One of the greatest challenges for us is sustainability, we are fortunate to have many people support us, with their time, volunteering here and financial support. But often this is in one off support and what we really need is continuous financial support so we as an organisation can plan ahead and support our children in the future.
Sara and Mariane from Capturing Neverland came to visit our school and taught 12 of the children photography, the children were given their own camera and visited a local village to take pictures. These pictures were then exhibited at the Le Meridian Hotel in Siem Reap and the children had new clothes to wear at the exhibition and looked so smart.
We are hoping to be able to publish the children’s photographs from the exhibition on our website for guests to purchase or buy at the home after the Sunday night dance.
Once again, thank you very much for your donations – friends like you make our project possible!