Let the AKC be light by Roofing with Solar Panels!

Those who are my real followers and friends, might know that apart from the business of travel, tours & event company Asia Natural Tour, I am doing here in my own country of Cambodia. I spend at least 30% of my time giving back to where I come from and how my life get changed, and that is simplified as Angkor Kids Center http://www.angkorkidscenter.org/.

AKC need solar energy

With challenge of the lack of electricity disturbing the daily free rare foreign language classes, in this coming May 2017 our school will be lightened up by a proper and full set of Solar Panel in a new roof to be benefited to not just the school but also the neighboring village families.

In partnering with a German based charity association Helpucation e.V. http://helpucation.org/ to raise the funds for that, we have created a fundraising campaign on betterplace.org where you can find here at this link:

http://www.betterplace.org/p52391

Please crew up your courage and like, share, communicate and spread the word for us, so that the dream for more than rural 250 kids in a village near Angkor temples can come true.

Thanks!

Samnang Chhon (Mr.)

Project Director

Angkor Kids Center

+855(0)77 848 949

samnang@angkorkidscenter.org

www.angkorkidscenter.org

Introduction of Penpal / E-Friend Program

You must have known that recently we have initiated our E-learning Program exchanging the conversation via Skype as a mean to improve the language capacity for our local volunteers through speaking with the mates from overseas. With the limit of the speaking ability from our local team, then we decided that the E-Learning will be postponed to next phrase of human development program.

Even though, the E-learning has been suspended, it doesn’t mean that nothing is carrying on here, one of those is Penpal / E-friend. Special thanks to Tia Brullo the former student of Ivanhoe Grammar School Australia who visited the AKC a few years ago for creating this great idea as a mean to improve our team and students’ English capacity, this Pen pal / E-friend program now has bee initiated with already a few email exchange from the young friends in Australia has been already made with our local volunteer and students.

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Yes, we always care about the Child protection, and human trafficking, so only the trusted sources should be made introduced to both parties.

You too can get involved, talk to us and we find a way too.

Thank you,

Angkor Kids Center – For Better Education in Cambodia!

 

Sarith’s Success Story with Recognition to AKC

Sarith Success StoryHello beloved people out there!

It has been a long while since I last wrote articles for a press, but today, I would like to share among all of you a brief story of myself.

I am an engineering graduate since 2015 in major: Electronic, Automation and Telecommunication Engineering from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), one of the top-tech universities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I am currently serving as Direct IT Assistant in an education establishment in Phnom Penh.

Graduated from high school in 2010 with B rank of the National Exam (mark 99.874) did not make it difficult for me to pass the placement test at ITC, but each time people not in offended manner, but directly asked me how I could make academic conversation or presentation in English fluently while the question is I came from a very remote area of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap. I always smiled with response “No matter where you came from, with good foundation you will make an improvement”.

With the English language qualification and competency, I have always been grateful to the man who initiated the educational project called “Angkor Kids Center”. Samnang CHHON,  is an uncle of mine, a trailblazer, the founder of Angkor Kids Center (AKC), the man who gives so much effort to make a huge educational change in the village.

Essential English BooksBack there in my hometown where the project is still on-going, it began with a small classroom under Samnang’s brother’s house where “Essential English Book I” was preliminarily introduced to the students. Each time I occasionally pass by book stores, and by chance see the “Essential English Book I” in the book-shelves,  it usually reminds me of the characters “Mr. Priestley, Lucille, Frieda, Pedro, Olaf, and Hob” and how my evening English class was like back then.

Even not with much financial and material support, but the AKC with its determined local volunteers, still manages to get to its goal to see the children in the village have chance to improve themselves not just English language, but to explore the outside atmosphere with new experience.

I would never have chance to write this today if without the start back there in 2002. However, I  owed a lot of my gratitude to those who have contributed in my further challenges.   Once in a long while I visit home, and visit the school, I can proudly say “This such small place gave me so much more to continue the challenge”.

Sarith & Sarath as kids

Sarith right & Sarath Left

Author Notes: Sarith was born in Somrong village where AKC is located, he and his older brother Sarath were ones of the students in Samnang’s first English class in early 2000s, Sarith is an outstanding student with great talent and highly capable brain which is unusual to other kids living with poor nutrition to the general lives of Cambodia back in 1990s. Apart from the little English basic AKC had made available for him, all the rest of his life and career development are on his own way of  growth, but he is still grateful to the nature of where he has started. Today, Sarith has been active in searching for possibility to help grow AKC as he really believe that “Everything Need a Start” and there are so many young adults and kids need it and deserve for it!

Interested in interacting with him you may find him on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/vinsarith?fref=ts 

2 AKC team Eligible to Attend University

Just after the announcement of the exams result presenting date, Phlom and Chhay who recently sat for a high school national exams which is a final grade of the government school after 12 years. Phlom and Chhay just after reading the chart, and found their names clean without train running lines crossing on it. Pictures and words of excitement posted to AKC team private group messenger as well as their own timeline.

Note different from others’s experience, here is a great story featuring the result event on the NEWS.

Let’s congrats them and wish them the best for the next life adventure.

Angkor Kids Center, For better education in Cambodia. 

Mr. Phlom THLOK Steps on Another Stone

Following the story posted on Asia Natural Tour blog of Mr. & Mrs. Larson’s family trip hit to sponsor one of Angkor Kids Center local volunteers. Today is our great honor to update you that Phlom will start his one full year intensive course on Tourism Subject on the coming 1st of September 2016, after his successfully made entrance test to catch the highest level of the course arranged by Paul Dubrule Hospitality Vocational Training School in Siem Reap, and the only high standard qualified school in Cambodia, which is a record breaking for our AKC sponsored students to this school.

Phlom is one of our active local volunteers since the time that we had just classes under the families’ house and before the name of Angkor Kids Center formed in 2009. Phlom used to serve as the assistant of the Green Project coordinator who was Mr. Pot PON at that time, in addition to his regular task as the Teacher of English language. Phlom earns his living from working to support his family such as making bloom, incense sticks, firewood for selling and since he is one of active youth in the community, he got some opportunity to join some missions from varied NGO, which he could save a bit from the mission per Diem allowance as well.

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Due to the school requirement for him to stay full day at school with lot of homework and researches to do, Phlom will not be able to participate with all the above mentioned activities, this would cause him some challenges to the living survival during his one year learning mission. Asia Natural Tour with Samnang Chhon as one of the company founders, and the founder of Angkor Kids Center who is also Phlom’s neighbor and mentor, a spacious room with internet in Asia Natural Tour office building will be his space to live for free including the utilities, kitchen, running water…

Even though, the school fees of US$ 700  has been sponsored by the Larson’family, Phlom is still in need for some financial support as like food cost, extra learning documents, books,….with a minimum of US$ 40 per month is needed.

Let’s congrats Phlom for his better development of his career life and let’s wish him for the most successful course ahead!

Again we would like to thanks Larson’s family from Colorado, a U.U state for building up Phlom’s dream to come true soon!

Interested in taking part in supporting Phlom living support, please visit our donation page and write us a short note of your donation purpose.

Thanks for your your time and interest!

Angkor Kids Center | For better education in Cambodia!

AKC Kids Reach HAVEN Graduation on Saturday, August 27th

Ankgor Kids Center (AKC) is proud to announce that another 4 young adults from our school network are matured enough to move from studentship to join the professional career in tourism field soon after finishing their apprentice lives with Haven Cambodia family for more than 12 months now.

The surprising message from Mrs. Sara Paul who is one of the founders of this wonderful and fine project and on behalf of the whole HAVEN Family to our founder, Mr Samnang Chhon, as stated underneath, 27th August 2016 will be their certificate ceremony day!

Dear Samnang,
We are very proud to invite you to the Graduation of the HAVEN Trainees 2015/16.
Please join us on Saturday, August 27th, at 11.30am at HAVEN for a delicious lunch cooked by the trainees and for the handing over of the certificates.
We kindly ask you to let us know by Saturday, August 20th if you and/or someone else from your organisation can attend the graduation.
Moung, Bora, Sophea and Chhong will inform and invite their families themselves with the invitation I have attached to this email.
Best wishes,
Sara & the whole HAVEN Family
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HAVEN Training Restaurant

where helping tastes good

Chocolate Rd, Wat Damnak area
West of Angkor High School
Siem Reap, Cambodia

+855 (0)78 34 24 04
eat@havencambodia.com
www.havencambodia.com

CONGRATULATION AND WELL DONE TO THE FOUR OF THEM AND THE WHOLE HAVEN FAMILY !!!
Taking this occasion, we would like to inform you that another three young adults from Angkor Kids Center will join the family from 1st September 2016 for the next 15 month learning. More news and details will follow later.
Thank you again Haven Cambodia, we really appreciate your contribution to Angkor Kids Center!

Ivanhoe Grammar School Trip Striped the AKC Green Project Idea to Live

Ivanhoe Grammar School Service Project June 2016 at AKC

It is not new about Ivanhoe Grammar School (IGS) Students Service Project that always have Angkor Kids Center as one their core and active targeting beneficiary groups since 2008, from just a fun moment with few hours to an entire day service. As of June 2016, another remarkable record has been breaking by this wonderful project with a group of students, teachers and trip leaders up to around 40 participants which is the biggest number we have noticed.

During the pre-event stage, Mr. Don Page-Wood, one of the IGS trip / project leaders had written more to what we our AKC priority needs were. Without any expectation of what it could happen, 3 things were prioritized, and those were the choice of them to raise and to fund (1: Ceiling to minimize the temperature as it was close to 40 degree in Cambodia and our corrugate metal roof classroom was just sauna; 2: Green Project Development with a proper garden with heat stabilizing tool, running water, pigs raising, and basic care taking labor cost… 3: A proper safe seedling house whic is a part of the green project too) with estimated budget around $4000. Just before the group departure from Australia, we learned from Ms. Cassey Green, the accountant of Ivanhoe Grammar School telling us that the fund had been transferred to our Foundation Helpucation e.V. based in Germany, that was a bit panic for us to what action we should take to answer how thankful we are to the team.

As this is really a Project not just Activity, which required steps and stones that our team need to take action like recruiting a proper team of expert to take care, good consultation from experts, check the quality of our existing stuff….Therefore only limited accomplishment that we could do prior to the arrival of the donors and overseas work deliverers to see by that service day. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that they did not have enough work to do, here are the following work flow of the day report extracted from their daily post trip report:

Today our task was to erect some wooden poles and nail bamboo crosspieces in place for a vegetable patch. Next week the villagers will cover the framework we built with shade cloth, and the planting will take place at a seasonally appropriate time. They will plant tomatoes, eggplants and chilies, and hope to be able to grow enough of this produce to sell to one of the big hotels in Siem Reap.

Those taking a break from the physical work were entertained by the village kids, whose beautiful smiles are enough to melt even the hardest heart. There were plenty of cuddles and piggy back rides and games all around the perimeters of the work site.

Lunch was prepared by the villagers with a little help from Miss Lidgett and her volunteers. We ate under the shelter of Salin’s father’s house. The timing of lunch was perfect, as a heavy tropical shower came and went without causing any interruption to our working day. After lunch, joined by Hak and Meam, our team built a fence around the AKC school. We’re getting rather skilled at building village fences by now!

When the final nails were put into the fence, we gathered both groups together for a team photo, and were entertained by Meam on his traditional Khmer instrument, known as a Tro.

agriculture expert for AKCUp to August 2016, Mr. Kerb KOEUN, the expert of Vet. and agriculture who has been in placement with professional training and actual practice for years, volunteered to take care all this Green Project and Mr. Por CHHON as his assistant and the permanent care taker. The pigs now are growing well but just a bit slower than last time as this time our expert decided to feed them with organic food to save the cost and make it safer food for the people. We just built a new pump well by the side as last well broken (no more water could be pumped out) and save the location of the current pump well for the space to build the seedling house. We still need more time to treat the soil as the quality is still bad with viruses before we install the planting tools (running water tube, sprinklers, rowers…. . Kerb is very busy as he also works for the village as the deputy village chief. We hope we could get all done during this first half of August. With your extra personal donation from Mr. Garry & Mrs. Marg Chapman (hose the husband Garry is one of AKC active supporter since his first trip leader in 2008) we will buy around 40 local species of chicken to let them live in our empty chicken house.

Furthermore, if you are following our social media channel especially Facebookpage You must have seen that we have renovated the old playground that Ivanhoe students built last year plus new sets and we have also decorated the fence that this recent group had spared their last little time from the agriculture work to finish it. This colorful work  are done with our hosted students groups from China in July through ANT (Asia Natural Tour), this financial support is from ANT group budget, so it meant we still have all fund from Ivanhoe to be invested on other things in which the development of Green Project is the priority.

As a conclusion to this update, we would like to share with you how successful the recent project day activities were through the response made my Mr. Garry Chapman to our project update report as following:

Thanks very much for the update on the agricultural project at AKC. I have been telling so many people in Australia about how people like you and your community are working so hard to make life better for the people of Cambodia and I can’t tell you how proud I feel of what you are achieving. I had such a great time working alongside your friends building the fence and the agricultural framework. It just a day full of international friendship and community spirit. I wish there was more of that in the world. I saw the photos of the playground that the Chinese people helped with and it looks fantastic – such a nice place for the children of your village to come to and learn. On Monday this week Don came to school and sat with me while three of our students gave a presentation to the whole school assembly about our Cambodia trip. They showed many photos of the happy times at AKC and they spoke with great affection about the children they met there. This has created a great deal of interest in the next year level of students for next year’s trip. I won’t be going on the next trip, but I will certainly be working hard at school to encourage students to visit Cambodia and to raise funds to help with your projects. I told Marg about the chickens your bought and now she has a big smile on her face – so do I 🙂 Keep up the great work, Sam. Friends always. Garry

This is all for now, stay with us more story are on our way to come.

Angkor Kids Center | For better education in Cambodia!

The old school condition improvement

Following the recent electricity survival and the main school condition improvement made possible by our core partner Helpucation e.V. based in Germany as stated in the previous blog HERE. Today we are happy to inform you that our original school / classroom has also been improved with the generous donation of One Step One Life, an Australian charity association founded by a young man, Mr Jake Stalkerr. Many  thanks to Mr. Hak Hien, one of our local volunteers for working on this and make it possible.

A donation of US$ 200 used to cover a pair of fans, a fold of electric wire used to connect from generator at the main school, better light tubes, switch and other installation stuff.

 

 

Thanks to One Step One Life for being one of our great and active partners!

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My time as volunteer in the AKC

Hi, my name is Kolja. I am 19 yeas old and I just finished my high school examn in 2015. This year, in the beginning of 2016, with the support of helpucation e.V. I had the great opportunity to travel to Cambodia and visit the AKC as a volunteer. Here is what I experienced.

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Unfortunately a homestay in Samrong as a foreigner is not allowed yet so I lived in Siem Reap, one of the biggest cities in the the country, which is well known for its vibrant traveler scene. The Angkor Kids Center is located 45 minutes drive from Siem Reap but fortunately Samnang organised a friendly Tuk Tuk driver, Proy, who drove me to the AKC. I enjoyed it every time, because for me it was interesting to observe the local people and to enjoy the landscape by driving past. Nevertheless this distance is an effort and complicates volunteering.

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The lessons in the AKC take place in the evening, so every day I arrived at AKC around 5 pm. At this time, many children play marbles at the playground or on the area around the AKC. The lessons usually start a bit later when the teachers arrive at 5:30 pm. On my first day there the children didn’t notice me, they were so much preoccupied by their games. It was a pleasant atmosphere. After the arrival of the young teachers, I had a friendly conversation with them about my journey and me in person but also about their lives. Most of the teachers are still students in other schools. They teach after that in their free time as volunteers.

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The classes with the younger kids were very loud. Almost 40 children and one young teacher who gave his best to teach them in English. It was all about the pronunciation: The teacher spoke out a word loudly and the class repeated it screaming. You can imagine that the lessons were quite vivid. Unlike the lessons for the older ones. Especially Phlom did very serious and good teaching. It was a pleasure to talk to his class on a high level. I told them things about Germany and my live and they gave me an insight into their lives. It was a very open and kind atmosphere.

I stayed for two weeks in Siem Reap, worked together with Samnang, with the teachers and the children and joined the “fence-project“. It was a great time and I was sad to leave this place. But I carry all the nice experiences with me. Until today it makes me happy when I think about that I’ve been at the AKC.

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Absence of the International & Cambodian Children’s Day Celebration 2016

International & Cambodian Children Day Celebration @ AKC

Sorry we are too busy working to develop our children at our school as well as our communities, that is why there is no festive celebration for our kids this year, said the AKC project director, Samnang Chhon explaining the absence of International & Cambodian Children’s Day Celebration 2016.

International & Cambodian Children Day Celebration @ Angkor Kids Center 1st June 2012

If you hit the above link you will see our care to promote the basic rights of the children and care about their welfare back in 2012. By that time, the International & Cambodian Children Day celebration which was to be held on the first of June, was not so in common, that was the reason we started to build the awareness to the public, especially at the remote community level of how important the children and their basic rights are, YOU CAN READ FULL EVENT REPORT HERE.

In the recent years, we have noticed that the celebrations have been  increasing significantly, as of 2016 almost every local TV channel, school, organization, and institution celebrated this child events.

As mentioned by our director above, we see that there is no need to make the celebration, national levels have made it publicly with many modern means. Additionally, our team are busy with other important and top priority work to serve our children and this meant much more for them to our perspective.

The question of what we are busy with, we have the answer as following :

1/- We are working to improve the school and classroom condition, fans and  electricity installation, bathroom maintenance, fence developing….

2/- We are trying to send at least six more candidates from our school and communities to do the vocational training course in tourism, one to Paul Dubrule, and five other to Haven Cambodia which is our best way to reintegrate our students and volunteer team.

3/- We are trying to send at least seven candidates to do an Interactive Teacher Training Course on the Teaching English as a second language TESL at Australia Centre for Education (ACE) Siem Reap,s, to improve and build the standard and quality of teaching English at our school, as well as developing the English ability to our team from the class.

4/- A few other work and case study with our donors and partners, to be specified when there are progressing more than 50% to our expectation at least.

These all the core activities that our local team are approaching to get done within this month, and that is why we left the celebration of International and Cambodian Children’s Day on 1st June 2016 quiet, even we know that kids love it.

Hope you find our work important same as the spirit our local team, and please bear with us that without you, your support, motivation and encouragement, it is really hard for us to invest our little time into a productive work, we need YOU.

Appreciate our work, please spread the word as one of the greatest mean to help Angkor Kids Center.

Angkor Kids Center, For better education in Cambodia!