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!

Link For Aid President Pamela Visit with Loves

At least once of every year since 2011, Pamela McCourt Francescone the founder of Link For Aid Italy visit Somrong community and our AKC school. Every time she comes, several meaningful gifts are brought over to our kids and school. As for this year 2019, 25 new classroom-chair-desks for our new classroom, 8 bicycles and 8 satchels and 8 uniforms have been contributed to our our needy kids and school.

Sustainable Visitors

Thank you Pamela and thanks to all your donors for making this meaningful event happen. We are looking forward to your next trip here soon.

Are you interested in making a change to the rural kids and get inspired. Let’s have a talk.

 

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

Movies Night of AKC

A movie can be a gateway to exploring complex ideas and open children’s eyes to other ways of looking at the world.


Movies Night of Angkor Kids Center

Movie is not just a part of the entertainment, but it also a product of technological development, and as a tool for providing education. This approach is starting with the our Angkor Kids Center(AKC) , and additionally it is also a way to outreach people and community about the importance of education, the impact of excessive use of plastic and the preservation of the natural environment.

AKC Welcomes Executive Director to Take Over AKC

‚ÄúEducation is the Key for Change‚ÄĚ, Hak quoted. Hak has been employed by All For Kids Organization as the first full time Executive Director to take over the school and project management. This incredible HR development has been made available only with the greatest support from the donors to Helpucation e.V in Germany. Let’s have this wonderful life journey with Hak as following:AKO Executive Director

My name’s HIEN Hak and I am 25 years old.

I am the eldest son in the family with three younger sisters and my mother. And I am married, my wife is Makra and I have a son Jesda Alex who is 7 months old. My family is a middle-class family in this rural areas.

Before rejoining the Angkor Kids Center / All For Kids Organization as Executive Director, I used to work for a 5 star hotel, Amansara Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 3 years.

I attended the first English class in 2008 with Mr. CHHON Samnang, our AKC Founder. There were 25 students in the class. After one year of studies, I joined the Angkor Kids Center as a volunteer assistant teacher from 2009 to 2011 teaching around 15 students in my class. From 2011 to 2013 I volunteered as a full-time teacher with 25 students.

After I graduated from high school in 2013, I had the chance to get a scholarship from Mrs. Pamela McCourt Francescone coordinated by the Angkor Kids Center to join a vocational training school called Paul Dubrule Hospitality school. It is the best Tourism and Hospitality training school in Siem Reap. After one year of training there, I got a job as Restaurant Captain in a middle class restaurant in Siem Reap. After three months of working there, I was interviewed to work at one of the top ten hotels in Siem Reap named AMANSARA.

The love and the desire to help the Angkor Kids Center to become a place that is providing a better quality of education to children and youth in this area, led me back to where I started. It also let me share what I’ve learned with the students at the Angkor Kids Center.

My first goal for the Angkor Kids Center is to have a clear educational system and program that can provide free quality education to children. Furthermore, our teachers and volunteers can increase and develop their abilities more effectively.

The next steps I want to take in the Angkor Kids Center:

  1. A comprehensive classroom and a library that enables students and teachers to further increase their knowledge.
  2. Having an International English As Foreign Language School Curriculum and School Management Standard to follow with a vision to see AKC school as the international standard Free foreign language school in the most remote area.
  3. Create a professional tourism training center on hotel, restaurant and hospitality skills.
  4. Multi-crop plantations that act as a supplier for the tourism training center.
  5. Be self-sustained or partial contributed from the project (3 and 4) above.

Thank you for all your support so far. Let’s stay in touch and see the growth of AKC school together. Your suggestion and feedback are highly valued and consider.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Edward Everett Hale.

Let’s get in touch:

Hak HIEN (Mr.)

Executive Director

mobile: (+855) 095 624 924 /  (+855) 086 405 477

email: hak@angkorkidscenter.org

address: Samrong Village, Leangdai Commune, Angkor Thom District, Siem Reap Province, the Kingdom of Cambodia

Mascha & Joaquin Conclude their Time at the Angkor Kids Center

Mascha and Joaquin have been able to move a lot during their time at the Angkor Kids Center just like Laura, Chhay and the other volunteer helpers, and have a crush on their hearts. We are sure that she has had a lasting influence on this experience and that she will always remember the exciting time in Cambodia and we thank her very much for her energetic support. Please read yourself for what they are saying about their volunteer work in the Angkor Kids Center:

The school was founded by Samnang in 2009 and many years ago he met a German couple that enabled him to learn English. Then he wanted to offer the children from his village the same opportunity and it was the Angkor Kids Center (later on registered to the Royal Government of Cambodia under the legal name All For Kids NGO).

Playground at AKC school

Today, the school consists of three classrooms and a room that serves as a library, computer room and office. It has its own toilets, a schoolyard with climbing frames and an adjacent playground for the children. There is electricity and even Wi-Fi, which makes working for teachers much easier. The children come to the Angkor Kids Center after their normal school and the teachers are also volunteers and go to school themselves.

Chhay, who is just 22 years old, is in our opinion the heart and soul of the center. He is the only employee of the school, giving computer classes twice a day and teaching two English classes. He is also the one who opens and closes the school, taking care of the trash and everything else. We have grown very fond of him over time and without him we probably could not have realized any of our ideas. Mostly we have prepared the lessons together with Chhay. But other things, such as a timetable, an overview of all newly found educational games and multiple worksheets were created. We cleaned the library, repaired climbing frames and made new trash cans.

AKC working class

The lessons, which we were allowed to follow, we liked and the kids were extremely motivated in the matter. We could only teach together with Chhay, but that was not a disadvantage for the children and for us. In general, the cohesion and the climate blew us away there. They were friendly with each other and also we were interested mustered, smiled and greeted. All we can say is that the Angkor Kids Center is much more than just a school. It is the meeting place of the children, whether for learning or for playing. There are books, toys, football goals, climbing frames and the doors are open (thanks to Chhay) all day for everyone.

Although it’s hard to accept that children do not have the same opportunities and opportunities around the world, the Angkor Kids Center is a great start in the right direction. We wish all those involved the best for the future and we hope to have contributed something good to the project.

Read the original blog posted on Helpucation e.V. here

Season Greetings & AKC Updates

The Great World Holiday Season is approaching, Angkor Kids Center is ready to celebrate with you with the following updates and stories from our school.
Firstly, we would like to proceed our appreciation and gratefulness to your support and contribution in kinds and cash to help our school running  upto now and ongoing. 
Secondly, please let us bring you with a few updates from our school. Thank you Chhay for doing the great job over the time, even some tough challenges have happened.
There are 8 English classes + 2 computer classes now in total. 
From 5 – 6 PM, there are 3 classes with 25 to 35 students per class, taught by Mr. Kroem KRUOCH, Ms. Pich HIEN, and one class co-taught by two new teachers, Ms Soeb LEAK and Ms Chandeng HUY where were our AKC former students.
From 6 Р7 PM, there are 3 classes with 25 to 35 students per class, taught by Chhay, our staff and the other two classes taught by all new teachers and our former students, Mr. Pros BOT and Mr. Chert Khorn in one class and one class co-taught by two teachers, Ms. Saran NGEK and Ms Kha LIEM in one class.
From 7-8 PM, there is only one class taught by our paid staff Chhay again.
During the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, our former teacher, and founding member of All For Kids Organization, Mr. Meam BY is teaching the teachers and adults with the most advanced level. He is teaching from 7 – 8 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. Chhay LEAP Work:
AKC Staff

Chhay, AKC school Coordinator

Mr. Chhay LEAB, the only paid staff at AKC is teaching two English classes as above mentioned and he also teaching two computer classes (basic lesson / typing and office).

His computer class on 10 – 11 AM and another one 8-9 PM with 8 students in each class and this the maximum numbers that we could accommodate.
Beyond teaching, Chhay is taking care all the school management, students and teachers attendant sheet, library controlling, school maintenance, and make the report to the Project Director, Samnang Chhon. Moreover, Chhay also looking after the Chicken farm as well.
Internet and Screen at AKC
With recent project idea and approved by Helpucation e.V., we now have internet WIFI for some basic internet access. Chhay could now show his students how to use some social network channel, and he can also connect to the team on Internet.
Internet for AKC
With the proper solar system installed for our school, there are really a few thing happening such as we can have the computer class, no class disturbance  with electricity running out, and now with also a donation from our nice friend Mr. Soeun, we have an LCD projector that could be used for many things especially the Kids English Movies night.
At least, but not last we would like again to thanks you for your all continuous support, Adventurous Education,¬†¬†LinkForAid, Ivanhoe Grammar School…!More information about our partners¬†‚áíAngkor Kids Center partners
Special Thanks to¬†Helpucation e.V., your presence has become our safe, sustainable foundation on both and advice and financial support. With Helpucation e.V. I could have a big break, go back to my school, spend time with family and paying the great attention to Asia Natural Tour¬†which is my pot of rice, Thank you Helpucation team”, Said Samnang Chhon, the AKC Director.
We are looking forward to the fruitful work in 2018.
Love from AKC Family!

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

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

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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