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!

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!

Stay connected for more news !

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 Eyes Refreshing, AKC website development

With the current booming support from many potential partners, friends and visitors in most parts of the world which help to generate different means and channels by those supporters, Angkor Kids Center is now proudly introduce a catchy website with many area development from your last  seen surfing that you have made. Thanks to the existence of Helpucation e.V founded by a great, professional, and passionate team in Germany for making all these online marketing tools to be available on the web.

Here are some pages that we have updated.

Our Partner: https://www.angkorkidscenter.org/about-us/our-partners/

AKC Green Project : https://www.angkorkidscenter.org/our-projects/akc-green-project/

Our Stories : https://www.angkorkidscenter.org/about-us/our-history/

Our Team, work is still carrying on : https://www.angkorkidscenter.org/about-us/team/

Our Vision: https://www.angkorkidscenter.org/about-us/philosophy/

Our Partners: https://www.angkorkidscenter.org/about-us/our-partners/

Our home country: https://www.angkorkidscenter.org/about-us/facts-about-cambodia/

All in all, all pages, tools and navigation bars have been improved, please don’t miss ones.

Spacial thanks to Alexandra Seegerer as part of Helpucation team member for volunteering doing this wonderful job.

Hope you enjoy surfing around.

Angkor Kids Center (AKC), For better education in Cambodia!

AKC founder’s impression on the team retreat trip to Battambang

A very happy Khmer New Year ! Have you got anything a present? Me, as the project director here at Angkor Kids Center I had the best present of a short wordings from my team after organizing their trip of two days and one night to Battambang, the western city famous for the agriculture, this trips counted as a second team retreat trip after 2013. I was not there due to some health issue. They had the best best time ever, I think after getting a message that from the director as following:

Hi teacher! How are you and your family?

Many thanks for helping and hosting our team this trip. We are so happy here!

Please good luck with health and family!

Thanks, Salin.  

Have the best new year ahead !

Thank you,

Samnang,

AKC Project Director,

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.