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School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.

by Salvation Centre Cambodia
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School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.
School 135 poor Cambodian children to prosperity.

Overview of SCC-CBE teachers and school situation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, SCC-CBE children were kept out of school because all schools have been suspended. This is following the guideline of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport instructed on March 15th 2020 with the goal of preventing the spread of the virus. From then till now, no classes were taught by any teachers in our school. However during all this time , our teachers and volunteers have been working on some school’s work such as  reviewing the course outlines for the course books for all levels, revising lesson plans and examining students name lists for taking any intervention for helping them immediately. They also conducted follow-ups through phone calls or direct visits to their homes in order to guide them in preparing a schedule for self-learning at home. The teachers and volunteers have arranged other school management work too. In this reporting period, SCC Executive Director  also asked our teachers to help with arranging and putting SCC’s financial documents in order  for the SCC Head Office. This is a new work for them as well next to their usual tasks of teaching and learning at SCC-CBE School. Moreover, our teachers come to work and conduct peer learning, self-learning, and learning by doing at school five days per week in order to improve their teaching capacity and learning skills. They have reflected and learnt from this experience. By doing this they are getting ready before the school reopening; as a result, they have been strong in their jobs. 

The situations of CBE’s student families 

When the world was hit by COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia was also affected and mostworkers in the informal economy sector, many of whom were poor before, are losing their incomes because there are no customers. The president of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), said that the areas with many non-formal economic facing new problems during the COVID-19 outbreak included Sihanouk, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He added that, "Incomes of non-formal economists were reduced by 70 to 80 %".

 

On the 7th of May 2020, SCC-CBE teachers conducted their home visits to our children’s homes. They met many children who stayed at home and played nearby their houses with their friends. However, some children could access their studies through an E-learning program provided by the national government through a specific broadcast on television (TV).  Others were able to access their learning via online teaching classes for the medium-rich and rich households. However, most our children live under poor living conditions, and missed their classes whether online teaching or television. Some families are very poor and more children have to support their families with their own income. What has happened to these families? During the COVID-19 pandemic, most parents continued working to earn an income for their family, but in most cases their incomes were less than before. The parents have no time to stay home and take care of their children or fully support their studies through the E-learning program provided by the national government. We might think that children want to learn alone, we are sure that, they don’t. What has happened to those children whose parents leave home to go outside and earn incomes? In these cases, we try to help our parents/caregivers as much as possible to arrange a schedule for their children to continue their lessons at home. The goal is that when the parent/caregivers came back from work they just have to spend a little time checking homework or their children’s tasks. Significantly, some parent/caregivers have taught their children at home as well. Now we would like to portray two of our student’s family’s current situation as follows:             

1. Dara, 11 years old, studies in grade 4 at Kolab I, primary school. He also studies English with SCC-CBE School in level 2. Dara was living with his aunt and uncle at Phum 22 village, Sangkat Sras Chak, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh city, slum area when the virus broke out. They supported him going to schools every day like the other children in the community. Dara is an orphaned child who has no mother. His father has married another woman. So, he is forced to live with his uncle and aunt. Now Dara was sent to his homeland at the province for preventing COVID-19 pandemic. He will come back to his community when the pandemic has passed. His caregivers reported that since the Coronavirus outbreak, it has become increasingly difficult to earn an income for supporting their daily lives.

2. Phany, 9 years old, studies in grade 2 at Kolab I, primary school. He also studies English with SCC-CBE School in level 1. Phany is also an orphaned child who was abandoned by his parents when he was a baby. At the moment, he lives with his grandmother, who works as a laundry worker for someone from house to house for fee at PhumToul Sangkae SangkatSras Chak, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh City. His grandma has been working very hard to earn an income for supporting her grandchild’s studies and herself. Indeed, she tries very hard for support her grandchild even though she has a chronic disease (high blood pressures). She still gives her hope to her grandchild. She expressed that since the coronavirus outbreak, this bad situation has caused a deterioration of her living standard. She faces a very hard situation in earning income to support her living.

          

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Christmas Day! was celebrated on the 25th of December 2019 by SCC-CBE teachers and our children at the SCC-CBE School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In the Christmas event, the children received various gifts from our generous supporters. They enjoyed a happy time surrounded by their friends, classmates and teachers eating delicious food and playing various educational games led by their teachers. Our students were able to strengthen the relations with each other. Moreover, they were encouraged and motivated to come to SCC-CBE School and public schools regularly too. We talked about children’s rights to education, their rights and child protection, in order to encourage them to be more self-confident and successful in their studies. It is important that the children themselves know about their rights and the chances they have in Cambodia’s society. In this event, they also learnt about a new culture and traditions, which have flourished in Cambodia after having brought here from western countries. They were able to experience some Christmas spirit and traditions, thus broadening their knowledge of other cultures and their festivities.

 

Happy Happy Program was conducted on 13th December 2019 by SCC’s staff members including CBE teachers for children at the SCC-CBE School located in Phnom Penh with 63 children of which 29 are were girls participated in this activity. In the program, the children played together, explored their skills and learned from each other. They were also able to build new relationships with one another and strengthen existing ones. During the program, the pupils were very happy together: They learned some new skills unconsciously, interacted with each other, shared knowledge, played educational games and enjoyed refreshments. It was a great opportunity to strengthen their relationships and grow together as a community. Through having fun, our children were encouraged and motivated to study at CBE School and state schools regularly. This activity promoted our SCC-CBE School and informed students and parents about their options and possibilities in the education offered, and encouraged more children to join the SCC-CBE School. Additionally, this program aimed to end stigma and discrimination against vulnerable children.

  

Mrs. Christine is a former volunteer teacher and a fundraiser of SCC-CBE School from Australia. She has been supporting and saving SCC-CBE School’s life keep opening until now and children’s rights to education in Cambodia. At 8 o’clock on 13th January 2020, she invited her best friends, Nicola, Zoe and Xyavia to visit our SCC-CBE School and all beloved children. She has praised that all teachers and children at SCC-CBE School are doing a great job. Whereas our visitors felt surprised and impressed when they saw SCC’s staff members including teachers and children welcome them very warmly. They told that they have learnt a lot about the real situations of CBE School and children. They appreciate our jobs. They encouraged our children to study for the sake of yourselves, your family and especially for your country. 

 

 

Mrs. Jane is a volunteer teacher from UK and she teaches our children for two weeks. She felt that the children in her class enjoyed interactive learning. She felt very welcome by both the local teachers and children at school. She found the behaviors of some children very hard to manage but she understands and appreciates of the help that she gave. The children seemed to enjoy interactive play and activities while learning. They enjoyed songs with actions and really enjoyed the creative side of learning through craftwork and coloring. Due to these attention span and age ranges, games should keep in short and with stickers.

 

Friederike a volunteer teacher from Germany. She teaches our children for three months. She said, “I feel very important to share my English lessons with all SCC-CBE children in Cambodia.” She added that, “I know they will improve their skills a lot.” For me, it is a great experience and the children it is an importance and fun time. Next to class, you connected with many students (from all levels) and it is great to see how they get attached to you.

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding teaching children at SCC-CBE School, if due to the language barrier the students do not understand English well, so the teachers try to be patient to talk to the students in English. Not only talking, I have used body language, drawings and pictures from course books for getting my students understand. They sometimes do not understand what I meant. For my opinion, it is important to all that the students get translation from the local teachers. It is necessary for a good lesson; especially for the younger students a local teacher who assist in Khmer language is very important.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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That's great! Our children have been doing lots of beautiful craft work lately. They have gained some of the benefits of craft work. They learnt to develop their motor skills, increase dexterity, improve hand-eye coordination, boost self-esteem, encourage self-expression, help in socializing, promote innovation and creativity, and enhance decision-making skills. They were very happy. This is one of many life skills they needed. in

 

Their achievements of SCC-CBE Children doing craft work outside SCC-CBE classrooms, Phnom Penh Cambodia

Their achievements of SCC-CBE School children in Phnom Pen, Cambodia  doing craft work outside classrooms

 

In this reporting period, from August to October 2019, SCC-CBE School located in Phnom Penh municipality has been warmly welcomed the 16 English Voluntary Teaching Assistants: They are 7 persons from England, 1 person from Japan, 1 person from Netherlands, 1 person from USA, 1 person from Belgium, 2 people from Ireland, 1 person from Australia, 2 people from Italy and 1 person from Germany. They help us teaching our children and other required work from SCC-CBE School. Most of them are kind, friendly, courteous and adorable to everyone. They shared the lovable quote that “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” That’s why they do love Cambodian children, especially kids at SCC-CBE School. 

On the 30th of October 2019, SCC-CBE School located in Phnom Penh warmly welcomed the 2 German visitors. They were kind, friendly, and courteous to our kids, teachers and SCC staff. They are individual sponsors of SCC. They have been supporting our children both spiritual and materials. 

Group photo with Mr. Micheal and Regina in SCC-CBE School Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

Mr. Micheal and His wife Regina visited SCC-CBE school children in the classroom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

SCC-CBE School located in Phnom Penh would like very much to express our gratitude and profound thanks to Healthy Fresh Factory (Pure Drinking Water Company) located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for their generous heart and donated 250 US dollars, 20 liter tank of pure drinking water and 20 cases of pure drinking water to SCC-CBE School, Boengkak slum area in Phnom Penh municipality. We definitely appreciate their valuable support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Their donations save SCC-CBE School’s lives and Children’s Rights to Education. 

 

Group photo with private sector & CBE School kids and SCC monk

Education is an investment in the future of children and of nations: Overall, large numbers of girls and boys remain out of school at all levels of education, from early childhood through to adolescence. Most children drop out before reaching secondary school. Girls and boys from disadvantaged groups are struggling to realize their potential as they face difficulties getting to, and staying in school. 

(Source: https://www.unicef.org/cambodia/education

SCC-CBE Schools contribute to solve the above mentioned issues, so our project wouldn’t be possible without our international donors and volunteers who make up our network so thank you for all your continued support. Although SCC reached their Global Giving funding target of $10,000, this amount of funding has been spent based on weekly work plan, monthly work plan and annual work plan have been made by SCC-CBE School. Therefore, SCC still continues to do fundraising for supporting children and other unavoidable expenses such as school building rental, electricity, water and school materials for teaching and learning both for children and teachers.                                          

    Thanks very much for your do kindly to support poor and vulnerable children in Cambodia!!!

 

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Salvation Centre Cambodia has had a fantastic couple of months expanding their international networks and sitting their first term exams. 130 students in our Phnom Penh school took Level 1 to 3 First Term Exams with great results! We had 125 students passing speaking and listening skills exams with over one third of students achieving an Excellent score. This is a great testament to our fantastic teaching staff and the commitment of our students.  

The success of all of our SCC-CBE schools is very reliant on the ongoing support of our international friends and donors who want to see our impactful projects succeed. Almost all our generous donations come from the global community and for that we want to say thank you!

One of the things you may not know about SCC is that, since it started in 1994, it has maintained Khmer ownership and management. This is unlike many charities and NGOs within Cambodia and allows for such impactful community work and connection. In additional to SCC’s local management team and workforce, SCC has been lucky enough to benefit from a global network of international volunteers. We have volunteer teachers, volunteer fundraisers and volunteer consultants who all provide their time to see SCC continue to develop and support vulnerable families with HIV/AIDS. I wanted to specifically talk about two international volunteers who have had a significant impact for SCC over the last few months. 

Firstly, Courtney was a volunteer teacher with SCC Phnom Penh from January to March this year and was heartbroken to hear that one of our schools was in danger of closing. Courtney ran her own fundraiser and managed to raise 660 by saving her head and donated it all to SCC!

Secondly, Ellie from Sydney, Australia has joined our team as a volunteer Fundraising and Grants Advisor. She began working from our SCC Siem Reap management office and is now travelling around the world building more fundraising and grant relationships to expand our international network. 

Our SCC projects and schools wouldn’t be possible without our international donors and volunteers who make up our network so thank you for all your continued support. Lastly, I wanted to say a big thank you to some of our donors who consistently support SCC and the work we do with our schools. Thank you to Susan, Sarah, Jennifer and Leila for your regular donations.

SCC Head Office staff, CBE teachers and voluntary teachers had invited the venerable monk to teach and educate our CBE children about the morality, solidarity and how to become a good child, a good students and a good citizen for the humanity being at the SCC-CBE School Boengkak, slum area, and Phnom Penh municipality.   It is the very special event for our children who has a valuable time to get the physically and mentally education at our school. Furthermore, SCC Head Office staff, CBE and voluntary teachers and our kids get the best way of the peaceful mind by meditated. Additionally, meditation help us and our kids with breath and heart beat working well, stable and peaceful mind, freshly feeling and it’s easily to get more informs.  

 

After performing a Buddhist Ceremony, children had a chance to play various games led by SCC CBE teachers. Moreover, this Happy Happy Program was participated by voluntary teachers and community people as well. Our kids played very happily and exhausted too on their holiday.Happy Cambodian children!! 

 

From May-July 2019, SCC-CBE School located in Phnom Penh city has been warmly welcomed the eight volunteers from Denmark, Ireland, England, Australia and Italy. They help us teaching our children and other required work at SCC-CBE School. Most of them are kind, friendly, and adorable to everyone. They shared the lovable quote that “Life is not about making others happy. Life is about sharing our happiness with others.” That’s why they do love Cambodian children, especially kids at SCC-CBE School.

Regarding guideline children's basic education (SCC-CBE School) has been training our kids to singing and dancing because they will have the kids’ song contest at the Ministry of Information Hall. It's a good chance for our kids to challenge with this competitions which have more children who come from different schools to participate on the special kids’ song contest.  All of them feel over excited when they have these Kids’ song contest, thank you so much all donors and supporters who always help them.

Budget Expenditure from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019 (12 months)

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Dedicated to the people who believe that from little things big things grow:

The Salvation Centre Cambodia school in Phnom Penh has welcomed many international visitors over the past 3 months. Some bought gifts of educational materials and others volunteered to teach the children English. While the children benefit enormously by learning about different cultures and countries, they also have the opportunity to hear spoken English from a world perspective. They hear different accents, different ways of saying the same words, differing pronunciation and spelling. The volunteers that visit the school also benefit as SCC aids their future learning & job opportunities by providing references acknowledging the work that they do at the school. Music and Art always plays a large part in learning at SCC, and past music students such Chamron, Chaprya and Nowna frequently return to the school to welcome guests with a musical greeting. For 23-year-old Chamron, learning music at SCC has provided him with a career path that enables him to financially support himself and his sole parent family. He teaches music at various schools and offers private tuition. 

A special thank you goes out to Sue and Gary Heap from the UK for their consistent support of school. They regularly brave the difficult Cambodian postage system to send parcels to the school filled with educational and fun stuff. Also, a special mention goes to Micheal Wilson and the members of St George Rotary Club in Australia who raised $500 for the school. Despite the pressing needs of their own drought ravaged community, this small group of caring people worked tirelessly to raise the funds to help the kids of Cambodia.

The school continues to suffer financial difficulties despite requiring a mere $1,100 US a month to remain operational. Donations have dwindled, and the school’s future beyond September 2019 remains in doubt. It is with a heavy heart that I advise that I can no longer assist SCC with their fund-raising efforts. The Global Giving Project will continue under the leadership of SCC Programs Manager, Kirivan. Thanks to all the donors and supporters.

 

Sue & Gary Heap, UK. Kind supporters of Salvation Centre Cambodia.

 

 

St George Rotary Club, Australia. They work hard to help the kids of Cambodia.

 

Visitors from Denmark bring books & educational materials to the school.

 

Me….thanks to all the donors…If you cannot do great things do small things in a great way.

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