Dear Kind Donors,
Thank you all for your most wonderful help and support to our School.
As always we take long-term care of very Vulnerable Children who have nowhere safe to live and we also provide Rehabilitation and Education and Vocational Training through tuition of Traditional Cambodian Music to Blind Youth. We provide Emergency Food Packages to Children in Kampot Province and give Emergency Temporary Shelter to Children in danger, found on the streets and to parents (with Children) who have suddenly become destitute. We are a member of International Childsafe and all our Staff receive Training in Childcare and Child Protection.
Two weeks ago we began a new Project with the Boueng TaPream Primary School in Tray Koh District, Kampot Province.
Thirteen very impoverished Children now come to our School every day, from Monday to Friday, to study Traditional Cambodian Music, Dance and Yike as well as Lakoun Sabaik Toch (Small Shadow Puppetry).
Our School provides them with Transport to and from their Village School and a Nourishing evening Meal, Clothing, Medical care, School books and Hygiene Materials. Some of the Children are so malnourished that their hair is red. As in all rural villages in Cambodia, water is not drinkable without first boiling it.
This Project is specifically for Assisting Impoverished Children and the Revival and Preservation of Traditional Khmer (Cambodian) Music and the Performing Arts. These Art-forms, designated “World Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO, are now in danger of dying out. They are over one thousand years old and have been passed down using the Oral Tradition and not written down, from Master to Student.
Firstly, between 1975 -1979 during the Khmer Rouge genocide, 90% of Cambodian Artists were killed or perished due to the terrible conditions, when a third of the Population of Cambodia was decimated. But now, efforts to conserve Traditional Cambodian Cultural Heritage are threatened by Western globalisation, the domination of China over Cambodia, Social media and many other factors in Cambodia.
Your help and support provides these Children with nourishing meals, clothing, transport, medical care, tuition of the Arts, electricity, water, School materials and Hygiene Materials. We Thank you All for so very Kindly and Generously Supporting this Project.
We will keep you all posted about our progress!
With Every Best Wish!