Meaningful and Successful 2019

Before all, please allow our AKC / AKO 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 Angkor Kids Center. AKC 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!

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!

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 ‚ÄúNo matter where you came from, with good foundation you will make an improvement‚ÄĚ.

With the English language qualification and competency, I have always been grateful to the man who initiated the educational project called ‚ÄúAngkor Kids Center‚ÄĚ. 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‚Äôs brother‚Äôs house where ‚ÄúEssential English Book I‚ÄĚ was preliminarily introduced to the students. Each time I occasionally pass by book stores, and by chance see the ‚ÄúEssential English Book I‚ÄĚ in the book-shelves,¬† it usually reminds me of the characters ‚ÄúMr. Priestley, Lucille, Frieda, Pedro, Olaf, and Hob‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúThis such small place gave me so much more to continue the challenge‚ÄĚ.

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