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 – 7 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 ⇒Angkor 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!

AKC Students Self Reintegration

Thank You Haven Restaurant, Thank you all trainers, thank you all staff and apprentices, and thank you to all Haven family!

The family of our Angkor Kids Center / All For Kids Organization, today is another great and meaningful day to celebrate the graduation ceremony Haven Cambodia with two of our family (Chan and Phalla) who have completed their one year intensive kitchen training granted by Haven Cambodia!

Eat responsible, eat at Haven Restaurant!

We are again excited to send other two apprentices (Chat & Navy) from AKC family for the next coming term!

AKC students self reintegration

Samnang (AKC director), Chan, Makara, Phall (from Left)

By the way, I am happy to inform you that after the graduation, Phalla and Chan will attend 3 more weeks of theoretical lessons with Haven Cambodia and will then start their internships on September 22nd (until December 31st) which are the place where they should get their job rightaway if they well perform.

Phalla at the Sojourn Boutique Villas, a luxury boutique hotel and Chan at The Park Hyatt Siem Reap, the International 5* hotel under the Hyatt luxury hotel chain.

Congratulations!

AKC Volunteers’ Self Reintegration – Career Development – AKC Team Success Story

AKC team success storyIt is a bit late but not too late to congrats our former volunteer teachers Mr Phlom THLOK and Ms. Samet SIN  for successfully graduating from their one year intensive course on Tourism at Paul Dubrule Hospitality school.

Congratulation Phlom! Just to let you know that Phlom is now started his tourism career in an Inbound Tour Operator in Siem Reap now.

Taking this opportunity and on behalf of Phlom, his family, AKC family as well as all the stakeholders would like to proceed our gratefulness to all his supporters especially the family of Larson who cover the entire course fees, Asia Natural Tour who introduced the family to Phlom’s family and One Step One Life for sponsoring Phlom’s basic living cost.

To learn more about the story of this scholarship and how Phlom moved on to the school and having a proper job, you might be interested in reading this earlier blog Phlom THLOK Steps on Another Stone.

What made us as the family of Angkor Kids Center / All For Kids Organization prouder, this year not only Phlom who graduated from this course, Ms. Samet SIN who was also our former volunteer teacher celebrated her graduation of the tourism course as well, sponsored by One Step One Life. Big Congratulation Samet! AKC Team Success Story

Want to give our team back of what they have contributed to Angkor Kids Center, use this sponsorship example to give. Contact Us now for further details.

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 🙂

The Angkor Kids Center Parents: “All For Kids” Officially Launched

All For Kids Organization – AFKO has been recently registered as a Non Government Organization the Ministry of Interior of Cambodia and will be officially the administrative entity and the parent of Angkor Kids Center effective from today.

With a commitment to function Angkor Kids Center as official as possible and with the financial support and advice of Helpucation e.V. team in Germany, All For Kids has been registered with the government of Cambodia under registration No 600 ប្រក as stated in the attached letter.Angkor Kids Center Official NGO Name

Thanks to all the Stakeholders, staff members and all supporters for transforming us from just a small school project Angkor Kdis Center to a real NGO – All For Kids, we are looking forward to invest the maximum from this missionary statement to benefit the whole of Cambodia.

Taking this great time, we as the AKC, AFK and Helpucation e.V. would like to thanks to Ms. Pamela McCourt Francescone, the founder and president of Link For Aid, Italy which is one of our supporter as well for contribution this nice name of “All for Kids” to us, you are in and here with us all our long way there.

Want to get involved, let discuss !

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

Introduction of Penpal / E-Friend Program

You must have known that recently we have initiated our E-learning Program exchanging the conversation via Skype as a mean to improve the language capacity for our local volunteers through speaking with the mates from overseas. With the limit of the speaking ability from our local team, then we decided that the E-Learning will be postponed to next phrase of human development program.

Even though, the E-learning has been suspended, it doesn’t mean that nothing is carrying on here, one of those is Penpal / E-friend. Special thanks to Tia Brullo the former student of Ivanhoe Grammar School Australia who visited the AKC a few years ago for creating this great idea as a mean to improve our team and students’ English capacity, this Pen pal / E-friend program now has bee initiated with already a few email exchange from the young friends in Australia has been already made with our local volunteer and students.

penpal program

Yes, we always care about the Child protection, and human trafficking, so only the trusted sources should be made introduced to both parties.

You too can get involved, talk to us and we find a way too.

Thank you,

Angkor Kids Center – For Better Education in Cambodia!

 

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.