Not Just Kids But Family Care

We all know that our work throughout the course is about kids and young adults development and rehabilitation whom are the Bamboo shoots. But a responsible Care and Give is not just the show but back scenes of their daily life, and family situation. Angkor Kids Center / All for Kids Organization is paying our effort to understand and oversee all these matters and paid to each and individual kids at both our school and kids running around in the village with a purpose to attract them to school and stay in school.

To illustrate in a more visual way, let us give you an example of the work we have done:

As of May 2018, one of the kids’ family living in Samrong village who are living in the worst condition in the community was affected by the natural disaster / storm. The family of Mr. Miev and Mrs. Mork with 6 children living for years in a small and narrow thatched house. Just after saving bit of money, they could afford to build just a house structure and roof where they could settle in. What is worth, this May 2018, their nest was fought by a storm and got the entire structure collapsed. Luckily, there is no one in the family got injured but their little household got destroyed including the bicycle that their kids used for riding to school.

Sustainable Community Project

You might see AKC team now is slow and inactive, we have to confess that “yes we are” but no one is sleeping, we keep our eyes on and our hand dirty from the distance and from the ground. After learning this information, our founder / director Mr. Samnang Chhon has raised the fund through his contact and his company Asia Natural Tour contact. As a result, two bicycles were donated with the donation of Mrs. Pamela Mccourt Francescone, the founder & president of Link For Aid charity association in Italy and some cash donation from Asia Natural Tour for urgent need.

Community Support

Those help are not yet the end, Asia Natural Tour (ANT) has raised this fundamental need which is part of the Humanity Priority Right of housing access to their business partner. What a prouder  news is that a new house will be rebuilt with the fund support from that partner which is a school based in Hong Kong called Logos Academy  The AKC team and ANT team will work together to host this trip and organize the community service activities for this group in the coming July 2018.

Keep you posted on the outcome, stay tune and follow on our social media.

Helpucation e.V. brings Light to AKC School

WE Said It and WE do It!

Just within a year after setting a goal and making the priority list where adequate light for AKC school has been on the Top priority that we have agreed among our local AKC team and the partner donor Helpucation e.V. team, this May 2017 has become another historic movement for Angkor Kids Center School after having its official parenthood from All For Kids Organization, the registered NGO recognized by the Ministry of Interior of Cambodia that a proper and full set Solar System has been installed at the school.

AKC New Solar Panel

The greatest thanks to Helpucation e.V. Germany, with you AKC would have never had this wonderful chance to have this precious gift. And thanks to all the team and expert who has involved in the project including: Mr. JUERGEN OLBORT, the solar expert from Germany, Mr. MICHAEL METZGER, the general support and light installer, Mr. Andreas Dorner, the ambassador of Helpucation, and the passionate camera team Mr. Benjamin Zecher Mr. Jan Turski who has done extraordinary great job to bring AKC fame to the international news, Thanks to Khmer Solar for doing the best job and flexible and do a great deal for All For Kids and yes thanks to all the local team and local authority and villagers for getting involved.

AKC Bright Classroom

By the end of the day here is what MICHAEL said on his Facebook Post:

That’s it! We are done! Finished installing the last LED lights in the school (and they all work;-). Thanks to Khmer Solar for their excellent work installing the solar system. Andreas, Samnang, Ben und Jan, it was a pleasure filming with you although I felt terrible that day;-) Jürgen Olbort, you are a star! I enjoyed every minute with you, whether working at the school installing lights or at the bar. We can be proud of ourselves! This project will change everything to the kids and teachers at Somrong Village…
A very special thank you to Andreas Dorner and his team from Helpucation.
Cindy, this is what we’ve done with your donation from HATW, thank you and thanks to everyone else who donated to make this happen! ❤️
And thank you for your tools Aaron🙂

Angkor Kids Center School

 

What’s Next ? Stay with us 🙂

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 https://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

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.

volunteer of angkor kids center

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
***
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!

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!

AKC Welcome New Team, Chenda, Ratana, and Joub

To solve the flooding classes and the team reintegration negative side-effect, our school committee has decided to recruit more team to join us. We got overwhelming the interest from our current students and the outsiders with a lot of application. Through the process of our selection criteria from the English ability, commitment and the passion to share their resources. We got three girls to our new and fresh members, they are currently our students from the secondary advanced lead by Mr. Phlom THLOK and most advanced class lead by Mr. Meam BY.

Let’s congrats them and welcome to the world of sharing !

Ratana Phal

Ratana

 

Ratana PHAL, 20 years old, a high school graduate, and currently continue her study at one of the university in Siem Reap. Ratana was born in Banteay Meancheay, but she moved to live Siem Reap, Somrong since she was very young. She got her English ability from the free English school of Angkor Kids Center, and now she is happy to give back, but in hope to have more opportunity to grow.

 

 

 

Joub

Joub

 

Joub HIEN, 16 years old, one of our passionate and active team member, Hak’s sister. Joub studies in grade 11 at the state school. She is the resident of Somrong village with five people in her family. What motivates her to be part of AKC is to gain experiences and to give back.

 

 

Chenda

Chenda

 

This is Chenda LOUERT, studies in grade 11 at the state school. She is the resident of Somrong village with her father working as Tuk Tuk driver, her good housewife mother and other two siblings. Not different from others, what motivates her to be part of AKC is to gain experiences and to give back.

 

 

 

Stay with us and see how they are growing they, just to let you know that they have the right to the their right things.