Meaningful and Successful 2019

Before all, please allow our AKC / AFK family wish you all the warmest and greatest Season’s Greetings!

It comes to a conclusion ūüėČ Let’s use our countdown moment to review our meaningful and successful 2019. This year 2019 has been a year of our historical progress for ALL FOR KIDS ORGANIZATION. AFK family is so proud to recap what we have done as following:

SOFT DEVELOPMENT

Just a reminder that AKC has official current five board members (Mr. Samnang CHHON, Mr. Hak HIEN, Mrs. Salin NHY, Mr. Meam BY, and Mr. Cheay KROM).

AKC Board of Directors

Front Right: Samnang | Middle Right: Cheay | Back End Right: Meam Front Left: Salin | Behind Left: Hak

And three full-time employees are actively serving AKC, Mr. Hak HIEN, Mr. Vith SUON and Mr. Chhay LEAP. These 3 committed team members are playing the most crucial roles for AKC development. Special thanks to Helpucation e.V. Germany for exclusively funding this HR project.

Chhay was our first ever paid staff. He started his job by reporting all the school need and maintain the school.  While Vith who is the latest employed teamwork. He is working on developing the classroom curriculum. Back in January 2019, instead of trying everything out, AKC fixed to use only one material (Family & Friend Books). Particularly,  Hak is directing the school to meet the mission and vision of the organization. He assists doing the work of the Founding Director. Putting all the short term and long term need into proper project papers. Ensuring the project implementation is going at the most productive, and most efficient. What is more, Hak keep all donors and stakeholders updated with his reports in local language, Khmer and English.

AKC Employee

Above all, we have also six local volunteers who are actively involved with AKC activities, especially teaching on a regular basic. We are proudly to introduce them from Left to Right: 1- Ms. Houy Chandeng, 2- Ms. Ngek Ran, 3- Mr. Khon Chert, 4- Mr. Pen Mesa 5- 3- Ms. Hos Nisa 6- Ms. Sok Toeun.

AKC Volunteer Team

With all this evolution and development, AKC gains not only the confidence from our own communities but the neighboring’s. In which, we attract more and more students to enroll.

INFRASTRUCTURE & FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT

The most significant achievement we have made is the new two-room building. This premise is coming just in time of our need for the classroom expansion and office for our growing team. This two rooms are well furnished with modern chair-desks, office furniture, and LAB facilities. We thanks to Ivanhoe Grammar School Service Trip 2019 Australia which is the main donors. And Logos Academy School, Hong Kong, co-funding donor. For bringing this grand project to live.

Angkor Kids New School

Back to the Light for AKC School project 2017, that a fully powerful set of solar has been built. This most meaning project brought to AKC by our parenting foundation Helpucation e.V. Carrying on from this concept of Solar energy and the model of sustainability development. This year 2019, Helpucation brought extra panels of Solar on AKC rooftop, along with several batteries and light tubes for the most underprivileged families. This system is specializing in Recharging Batteries. The villagers now can go to our center to charge their batteries instead of going miles away. And pollute the environment by the generator. Check the detailed report of this Home Light Project here.

Back in March 2019, our AKC kids and team got access to Safe Drinking Water. Thanks to Local Measure Australia for spending their time with us. Your Purified Drinking Water System is a meaningful project to AKC school. Kids are dehydrated now.

Purified Water @ AKC

November 2019, AKC school playground switch from the soil ground to Patio. We thanks to MANE company outing from Bangkok for support us all these. What Mane CSR day was much and beyond a visit. In addition to the Patio building, Categorized Trash Bins was also built. What is more, the day was full of learning and fun, for instance: Kids learned to separate wastes. Kids learned about art and did some basic art competition. Kids learned about brain training games and having fun with it. At last, there were are also some sport activities like soccer…

Patio at AKC school

At last but not least, AKC celebrate our successful and meaningful 10 Years Anniversary.

With the most festive event and celebration. Again, thanks to Helpucation foundation for funding all the expenses of the event. Thanks for your wonderful gift of our 10 year progressing work.

10 Years AKC 2019

We have also take this opportunity to inaugurate the new school build and the new LAB (computer class founded by Child Foundation USA)

SPONSORSHIP & HUMANITY WORK

As we know children could only live and grow if they are supported with the four fundamental needs / rights. Including: 1)- Survival rights, 2)- Developmental rights, 3)-Protection rights, 4)- Participation rights. As an organization who are working closely with children, we do not just give lessons in class and at school, but have basic approach to their individual personal life. Thanks to Child Foundation in the United States whose projects are working to seek the most unprivileged children around the world and find sponsors for them. After working with AKC, we found 19 (nineteen) kids who meet their recruitment criteria. With their support, their basic needs are improved.

Furthermore, AKC has also well thought over our local volunteers. In addition to the benefit of personal growth through learning from teaching and other social participation. AKC also seek sponsorship opportunity for them. As a result, this year, Mr. Kroem Kruoch who used to volunteer with AKC for years. He now got sponsored by Link For Aid, a charitable association in Italy. Kroem is going to finish his University preparation course soon and will be moving to his foundation year in the coming 2020.

Link For Aid in Cambodia

Above all, through the donation of our partners and visitors, AKC has also contributed many bicycles and school materials to our most needed children that allow them to continue their study.

HOSPITALITY SCHOOL / AKC REINTEGRATION PROJECT

Any driving vehicles have their own direction. Same for Angkor Kids Center, with our rich and extensive background in Hospitality and the geographical potential. AKC set Hospitality Training Project as the goal for AKC to reach. This 2019, the AKC BOD members had invested our own pocket to initiate by starting a small lodge in the downtown of Siem Reap, called ALL FOR STAY Lodge. The business was up and running under the leadership of Mr. Cheay KROM. Unfortunately, due to the maintenance and renovation needed to be done, we decided to suspend the contract.

All For Stay Lodge

What we gain from this Business Startup is the experience, and responsibility as young entrepreneur. We are confident that  the AKC Hospitality Training Project could be properly executed when we are there.

PUBLIC RECOGNITION & APPRECIATION

Angkor Kids Center is not kids anymore, since we registered with the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Cambodia as a Non-Profit Organization. We are now ALL FOR KIDS ORGANIZATION. We have our specialized staff to deliver our work. Since no one is born with silver spoon in their mouth. And born perfect. We are striking to tackle with any issue arisen along the ways.

With the regular movies night, AKC is building our publicity at the cheapest or even no cost. With professional work we are doing, AKC image is reaching out to the neighboring communities bringing back close to 50 students come from those areas.

What even special, Angkor Kids Center received OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF APPRECIATION from the official government.

Official Appreciation Letter

CONCLUSION & MESSAGE FROM FOUNDING DIRECTOR

To sum up, me, Samnang personally as the Founding Director who oversee the project progresses and challenges. I am confidently commenting that this 2019 is a top success for Angkor Kids Center. Just the budget itself, thoroughly, not less than 30 thousands USD. This amount already the top number. It is true that there are still rooms for improvement. And challenges to overcome, but those are what to do next in the coming 2020. There are always issue in life, only no life, no issues.

One behalf of AKC / AKO families, I would like proceed our utmost gratefulness to all our donors especially the team at Helpucation e.V. without your firm support, it will be so hard for us to move here. Ivanhoe Grammar School for including us into your annual service trip beneficiary group. Asia Natural Tours (ANT), for introducing AKC communities into your reliable CSR programs. Especially the carefully designing or bringing over only the passionate clients / companies to our communities and school. And president Pamela at Link For Aid for always supporting our individual kids and youth. It is a great way to give them back or reintegrate them. Yes, there are so many more generous individuals and corporate¬†are not listed here. As Henry Ford said, there is no success without working together. However I would like to limit up here and make it short. Hope you don’t mind.

Looking forward to 2020, there are so many in our list. And those plans are the reliable ones, but I keep it to the next news post because now is all about 2019. However, please remember that to succeed our Vision of building our kids and youth capacities and reintegrate them right on the site. Our 2020 mission to get ourselves prepared in the next important milestones.

Interested in learning about our 2020 mission, let’s catch up with me.

Hope this recap gives you an overview of what we have done in 2019. If there is anything else you would like to know, please feel free to contact us.

Looking forward to successful 2020 all together!

New AKC Purified Drinking Water System

Drink Well, Eat Well and Live Well, is a slogan commonly used as a form to remind people to live a healthy life. With understanding that school is the second home for general kids, Angkor Kids Center took an advanced step to have our kids and team a healthier life. So what we have approached?

Purified Drinking Water System

A well constructed and professionally installed Purified Drinking Water System is now available on the ground of AKC school. The system comprised of water tanks on high stands, purified filters, UV system / filters, basins, taps, faucets, piping and electricity cables as outlined in this reference picture:

Purified Drink Water @ AKC

Reference Purified System Design

Purified Drinking Water System Project Funding

Let’s call back Mr. Samnang Chhon, the Founding Director of Angkor Kids Center / All For Kids NGO, his business, Asia Natural Tours (ANT)¬†With his business activities, Sam could reach out to the like-minded people and partners from everywhere in the world. In having a good relationship with Ms. Donna Rix from Local Measure¬†Australian office, who were planning to bring over her company annual event to Siem Reap. The company wish to leave a meaningful souvenir to the country. Angkor Kids Center and the¬†Purified Drinking Water System Project were presented with a great interest.

With our established team, Mr. Hak Hien, our Executive Director, submitted a proposal of over fifteen hundreds USD (USD 1,500+) to ANT DMC to be passed on LM. The proposal accepted by LM, ANT advanced the cash to AKC to kick the construction off.

Purified Drinking Water System Construction and Installation

AKC New Solar PanelBefore jumping to the flow of construction work, we would like to remind that. Without the powerful SOLAR SYSTEM founded through Helpucation e.V. this Purified Drinking Water System Project would not have been at this ease!

 

Right after getting the proposal acceptance by Local Measure management at a very short notice. AKC committee started having a meeting to finalize the project design and the outcome. With Sam’s extensive network and contacts, a team of local engineering, water experts and contractors, lead by Mr. Ponlok have been contracted. What even potential, one of the team members are from Siem Reap Water Supply Authority. This made out system reached to the highest standard, because the water has been tested in the professional LAB for many stages.

AKC Water System Constructoon

Local Measure CSR ProjectWith their great passion in making this system and this project the most successful, this team of engineering  work all day and half night on the weekend. Just after three weeks, a amazing construction and the system is beautifully rising next door to our existing school building. The water Potential of Hydrogen (PH) are between 7.5 to 8.5 which is the most qualified and best for health.

We don’t have just safe drinking water station, we have also designed a hand washing station where the water sourced from the secondary filtered tank. Samrong village now is the first communities ever who could access to safe drinking water from the taps in Cambodia.

 

Purified Water @ AKC

Drinking Water Inauguration Event Day  

Not before long, as of 22nd February 2019, the donor organization, Local Measure team arrived at AKC school to witness their incredible project accomplishment as the company and do the hand-on service work with their passion. The group get greeted by the school committee and kids, right after a short introduction of the overall project. The 40 participants split in teams, some work on finishing the foundation of the stands, some working on the arts of painting and some work on plastic littering collection.

Then the event day ended with a monk blessing following the local traditional celebration of new accomplishment. The LM team hand monks the offerings and hand some biscuits, writing pats and pencils to the over 300 kids. And bit the goodbye.

Local Measure Make Monk Offerings

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;-) J√ľrgen 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! ‚̧ԳŹ
And thank you for your tools Aaronūüôā

Angkor Kids Center School

 

What’s Next ? Stay with us ūüôā

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‚Äú. 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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Lost & Found Electricity for AKC school

As you know 70 percent of AKC evening English classes need electricity to supply the light tube in each class. From the start of the school, batteries were used and later on with the support from one of our partners, Link For Aid¬†in Italy, a few panels of Solar were donated and installed to supplied the entire school, followed by the installation of the fans donation from Salet’s friends.

It is not strange that things not living eternally so as our AKC Solar Panels, especially when it is done by non-expert compiling installation, it was not our mistake but the different in budget is huge. From times to time we had to fix it and replace a several spare parts, and unit this late months, this year 2016, we learned that they are already out of date, even it is 40 degree Celsius of the sun heat, the energy could only supply for 30 minutes and that what was the half of the first class hours. Then some of our classes forced to pause a little bit.

As long as we have the commitment, there will be a solution to get out of those challenges, thanks to our core partner Helpucation e.V.  for making the temporary solution for our classroom light, furthermore a big fan has been also equipped to each room to lower the heat a bit. Thanks to all our local team especially Hak for helping to install and committed to invest the maximum from these stuff.

Hope you enjoy it and be part of our group.

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.

AKC takes pride celebrating Its International Women’s Day

Samnang train the team on teaching skills

Samnang is training the team on teaching skills

While the world is busy celebrating the international women’s day, 8th March 2016, AKC family too, celebrating our own day through a story of success we have made to our girls at Angkor Kids Center.

Getting back to the beginning history of AKC, we got two time survival by girls, Mrs. Salet NHY, who got the center back from closing after Mr. Samnang Chhon left the village in 2006 for his career development in the city center. And in 2008, Ms. Salet NHY who is our current active volunteer School Director, took over the class, and develop the school moved from one class to several classes, and from a shelter to a proper school.

Without these two important girls there is no Angkor Kids Center, there might be just an English class only.

On the overall, up to now we have more than TEN girls already participating in our programs from all levels, and three of them are freshly recruited to join the team through a strict process (Exam, Testing, and Oral Interview….), girls are doing a better job. This story is not covering the job we have to our students and the communities, which girls are fairly considered to be benefited from the programs.

Without education, and the access to education resources, we really could not find that there is other way to leverage the Gender Parity, especially Women to Men which is the hot topic that the world is talking on the International Women’s Day.

Congratulation girls, you are living in your wonderful world now, we are as general men are with you to make your world even better, fairer!

Get connected to our girls, get in touch with Angkor Kids Center !

Kea Mosley visit Angkor Kids Center for her “Give Back Mission”

It was so privileged to be given this opportunity by Mr. Chhung Sopheap and his wife Mrs. Aing Solin introducing our community project to a great lady Ms. Kea Mosley, a Cambodian-American lady.

Kea started her life in a difficult situation in rural Cambodia, at one point she had her life grew in an orphanage center and was given the greatest chance to move and live in the United State of America.

Speaking not very clear Khmer, the Cambodian language, Kea told us during her time at Angkor Kids Center that she loves her country, she loves her people, to the better life that she has now, she wants to share and give back to those who are in real need in a sustainable way.

Kea spent her time at many places in searching for the real one in her mind, all are too big and so so much work to do to help, she almost gave up or take a big plan, but thanks to Sopheap and  Solin for introducing a tiny project of Angkor Kids Center, where she got the most inspired, she realize that there is a way to start from a small angle but impacting in a greater size.

Kea has spread the words and she could enjoy some peaceful time enjoying her beautiful country  in the rest of her time here!

She is back to her developed home now and already tackling to find ways to support Angkor Kids Center.

We are proud of you Kea, and good luck with your “Give Back Mission”!

Better Media Campaign by Helpucation e.V. team

“We really see how great the projects, the school and the community of Somroang are, but it sometimes hard to speak them all”, Andreas Dorner who has spent several weeks at Angkor Kids Center recently said. In order to transfer the information, the impression and the experience better to the world, he and his wife as Helpucation e.V. missioners and the AKC team spent all and several days building the raw materials for the promotion publishing purposes.

Here is a few snapshots we have done together in the heat, and of course a lot other working happening, enjoy and have fun!

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Like us, like the way we are, spread the words and open a discussion on how you can get involved.

 

New Path of AKC School Development

Back in December 2015 with our Helpucation e.V. team from Germany, these are the business brainstorming that we did together. Too much and many things came up, then all are integrated in groups. Soon after the path has been blazed, some of the work have already been accomplished and some are in progress. Let’s have fun with us reading our workshop activities.

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Stay tune for the progressing news, feel free to contact us if you have any interest in it.