Children
 Cambodia
Project #14222

Help Cambodia's Children Escape Poverty and Abuse

by Cambodian Children's House of Peace
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Progress Report on “Help Cambodia's Children Escape Poverty and Abuse”

of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace

March – May 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Khmer Traditional New Year

The Khmer New Year is one of the most important holidays in Cambodia. To celebrate the New Year the Cambodian Children's House of Peace – CCHP sent all the children to their home villages for their school holidays for two weeks so that they could spend time with their families and relatives. We usually celebrate the New Year by arranging some recreational activities for the children to enable them to have fun with one another before they leave for their home villages. The activities included small party at the Children’s Home and visited local attractions. The children had a great time with one another.     

 

Volunteering at CCHP

Volunteers are an important and vital resource for CCHP. They bring talent, teaching skills, English language, agricultural and environmental education, IT, sports, art, and lots of fun. We welcome all kinds of volunteers around the world so that our children will have opportunities to learn different cultures, share information and exchange ideas – besides, they have made their contributions and donations to our project. They have brought lots of supplies and materials that the children need for their daily lives. Thanks to the volunteers, they have made our Children’s Home possible.

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Progress Report on “Help Cambodia's Children Escape Poverty and Abuse”

the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace

December – February 2015

 

Education Changes Lives

We believe only education can change children’s lives and escape the poverty and passed down from generations. It is very important for making peace and a vital resource for sustainable development. The Cambodian Children’s House of Peace – CCHP provides food, a safe place and other things that the children need for their education with the purpose that they will grow up not only for the country of Cambodia, but also for the world. Sharing is a greatest way to build the relationship. We are just the same, the human beings on earth. Thank you so much to for your generous support that enables us to care for all the children on the campus.

 

Home Gardening Practices

In order to help promote the life skills education programs of the public schools here in Cambodia we paid a visit to an organic agricultural station in Siem Reap to learn the ways they plant non-chemical vegetables and to find out the seeds they use. After visiting the station, we went to one of the supermarkets to see different vegetables sold and to learn about prices as well. The children have applied the skills they have learned from a local agriculture promoter and put into practices. This is the first time of harvesting Green Oak, a kind of foreign salads. To appreciate what has been achieved, we had Khmer noodle with these salads as vegetables. They tasted nice and no chemical substances added. We will continue growing more.

 

Building Friends Nearby

We were so happy to see a group of Malaysian students led by David Si, our old friend who always makes a trip once a year to our organization. Our Asian neighbours such as friends from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore etc., usually paid us visits. They bought us cooking supplies, school materials and other things that our children need. It is such a great help for us. Also, they had dinner and enjoyed dancing together after seeing Khmer Traditional Dance. They always felt sad leaving. We wish them all the best.

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Progress Report on Children’s Home

September-November

New Academic Year

We had a long holiday this year since there were some changes to our school curriculums run by Cambodian government. Twelve graders took the exam in late September, so all the students including our children started school in October. We were so lucky to be sponsored by visitors from Switzerland directly for school uniforms and then our old friends gave some more donations for our children’s school supplies such as books, rulers, pens, and other necessary needs. As everyone of our children learns that education is the only way to escape the poverty passed down from generations, they have invested a lot of their efforts in their study. Since early morning, our children get up to rehearse their lessons before school starts. They are busy all day long and this routine continues from Monday to Saturday. Good human resources are the exhausted resources for each country.

 

Visits of old friends

In October and November, two old friends visited Santeheap. Marco from Switzerland stayed for over a week and Jeremy from New Zealand stayed for almost a month to help Santeheap deal with its recent financial crisis. The kids were also very happy to see them and enjoyed the English lessons both gave- and the ice cream Marco treated them to! Because of their generous support, the kids have new school uniforms, and we now have two computers at Santeheap that will increase the kid’s computer literacy and help the staff to work more efficiently. We are very grateful for their continued help and friendship.

 

A trip to Cambodian Cultural Village during Water Festival

From 5th to 7th November, Cambodia celebrated the annual water festival. During the holidays, there was no school, and the kids enjoyed the concerts and especially the boat race. The boat race celebrates the Cambodian navy who defended the country against the invasion by the Cham army during the Khmer Empire. Everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed the break! But now it’s back to normal and the kids are studying hard.  

A special treat to our kids was provided by our friend Jeremy from New Zealand. He took them to the Cambodian Cultural Village for the day. At the village, art, history and different traditions of Cambodian society are shown and the kids got to see a wedding at a millionaire’s house and chose a bride at a Kreong village. The Kreong are one of several minorities in Cambodia. The kids also got to listen to a history of the great Angkor Kings. Thank you Jeremy for this great day out, everyone had so much fun!

 

As Christmas is coming soon, we wish you all the best from Santepheap. May you enjoy New Year and be happy with your family and friends. We thank you for you constant supports that enable us to provide services to these potential children and with the determination ,which only our hearts can understand each other, we at Santeheap will do our best to better our children’s lives through education including skills to survive and critical thinking to lead their lives for a better cause of living.

Happy Merry Christmas!!!

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Progress Report on “Help Cambodia's Children Escape Poverty and Abuse”

of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace

June – August 2014

 

CHILDREN’S EDUCATION

All the children at the Cambodian Children’s of Peace – CCHP have completely finished their final exams and learned the results, and we are so proud since all of them except one have passed their exams. The one who failed will take another exam next month for the final one which will determine whether she must repeat the year or go to the next grade. She is studying hard to make sure that she will pass it and we strongly believe that she will move ahead. All of them are very proud of themselves and so happy about the exam results. The staff will keep on working hard to ensure that all the children’s goal is achievable.

 

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY

On the first of June which is the International Children’s Day, CCHP’s children and children from other organizations in province of Siem Reap as well as children around the globe celebrated the International Children’s Day, June 1st. We went and joined other children at a local restaurant organized by Angkor Cable TV, a local cable TV company. It is a great opportunity for our children to meet other children and for them to show their talents. We had a great time and enjoyed the performances, ranging from simple skill demonstrations to highly talented skills. We are very grateful to Angkor Cable TV that invited us to the event.

 

DENTAL CHECK-UP

Recently, a charitable organization provided with free dental services for children from varous NGOs here in Siem Reap. With the help from this organization, the children of the Cambodian children’s House of Peace had an opportunity to have their dental checkup at one of the best dental clinics in Siem Reap. As a result of their dental checkup, some of our children have problems with their teeth which need drilling, scaling and polishing their teeth and so on. It is thanks to the organization that provided us with free dental services. Now our children have better dental health and great smiles.

 

A FIELD TRIP

CCHP children had a great time going on a field trip to Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, one of the most famous temples in Cambodia located in the top of a mountain. The trip was great as the children enjoyed seeing the beautiful views of forests and hills from the top of the mountain. The children took noted of the history of the temple explained by our local tour guide. They raised lots of questions about the temple and took lots of pictures. Thanks to our old friend from New Zealand who sponsored the trip. The children had a great time – they will never forget this time.

Once again, on behalf of the children we would like to thank you very much for your donations and supports – friends like you make our project possible.

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Cambodian Children’s House of Peace

March – May 2014

EDUCATION

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.

SINGAPORE VISIT

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.

CAPTURING NEVERLAND

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!

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Cambodian Children's House of Peace

Location: Siem Reap - Cambodia
Website: http:/​/​www.santepheap.org
Project Leader:
Bunthoeun Sor
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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