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

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.

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My time as volunteer in the AKC

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

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

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

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

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

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