Monday, 29 June 2015

Mok Sambo's Story - a Scholarship Student from EYC

Sambo is 19 years old. He has only his mother and one younger brother living together in Phnom Penh. His mother is 45 years old, has had HIV for almost 10 years and stays at home every day, but he and his brother do not have HIV. Sambo’s brother Sambath studies grade 10 at high school, and Sambo has just completed grade 12 at school. He receives financial support from EYC. Unfortunately he failed the national high school exam about three months ago. Sambo decided not to go back to high school. He and his aunt are responsible for supporting the family. 

Sambo is an optimistic boy. He has a part-time job as a computer teacher for Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. He teaches from 2pm to 5pm at one of EYC Schools called AZIZA. He has another part-time work as a cleaner at one business in the White Building and at AZIZA. Besides, he is a talented picture designer and in his spare time he likes to go to art galleries where he meets his friends and designs pictures, searching for new styles, and creating new ideas together. Sambo is also good at playing guitar and he really loves classical music. Frisbee is his favorite sport. 
Sambo decided to go to study for an associated degree next year at SETEC Institute with his major in Computer Design, and after he gets his degree, he will continue to study for a bachelor degree at the Royal University of Fine Arts. He said EYC will support him with about 50 percent of the study fees, so he needs to save money from now on from his part time job and his design skills. 

Sambo is looking forwards to his university and the kind support from EYC, funded by CamKids. His ambition is to be a professional designer.

Monday, 8 June 2015

SEAL Cambodia Passes 40,000 Children Treated

The SEAL CAMBODIA project was launched in 2012 and is funded by CamKids, and the Global Child Dental Fund (GCDF), in association with GC (Asia) Company, to provide sealants on the first permanent molars of up to 60,000 Grade 1 & 2 children, over a three year period. 
Approximately 60–90% of school children in Cambodia have dental cavities, often leading to pain and discomfort, which can also impact eating and disrupt sleep, which then affects their ability to concentrate at school. Seal Cambodia partners previously only provided fissure sealant to grade 2 children, but this has now been expanded to include grade 1 school children, so as to prevent dental decay from developing in molar teeth. 
Our team of dentists, dental nurses, assistants and dental students, continue to provide not only sealant protection for Grade 1 and 2 children, but also oral health education and tooth brushing instruction. Every child receives a free toothbrush so that they can continue to clean their teeth at home. Parents are also informed if there are any dental problems identified requiring treatment at a local dental clinic. 
Since January 2012 sealant treatment has been provided to a total of 40,346 children in Phnom Penh, Kampong Speu, Kampot and Kampong Cham provinces, covering 137 schools. 
This includes 17,789 by One-2-One Cambodia, 11,339 by Cambodia Dental Association (CDA), 4,890 by International University (IU), 2,599 by Buddhist Library Cambodia Project (BLCP), 2,430 by Regional Nurses Training Center (RCT), 751 by University of Puthisastra (UP), and 548 by Cambodia World Family (CWF).
Case Study: In October 2014, on behalf of the Seal Cambodia project, Dr. Callum held the Seal Cambodia partner meeting to open and restart the Seal Cambodia Project for a new semester. Dr Callum also introduced a new partner, the University of Puthisastra, who has joined the project to also provide sealant to young children in grades 1 and 2 at government schools. The agenda included demonstrating the new Seal Cambodia protocols and recycling of plastic covering for trays. 
Many other topics were discussed during the meeting. One of participants, Dr. Hans from International University (IU), said that it was a great for all the partners to attend the meeting before we recommence providing sealant to the Grade 1 and 2 students, and that he really appreciated the opportunity to contribute to the Seal Cambodia project so as to save young children’s teeth and help thousand of Cambodia children have a better quality of life. 
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to GC (Asia) Company and all the local partners for providing the resources, time and personnel to make this project a success.


Monday, 18 May 2015

Chbar Chros Garden / Nutrition Project

Sophak continues to put the skills which he learned from studying at the Agricultural University in Phnom Penh to great use in developing the garden at the CCC School.
He designed and built a large vegetable garden on the school’s land in order to pass on his knowledge, by teaching the students useful life skills and the importance of crop diversity.
The children then pass on these skills to their own families who are simple rice farmers and have had little or no access to education. By learning about different crops, the families improve their diet and have the potential to earn additional income.
The garden continues to flourish throughout the year and different kinds of vegetables have been growing in the garden, such as morning glory, kale, carrots, cabbages, pumpkins, gourds, radishes, cucumbers, garlic, lemon grass, lettuce, mint, beans, zucchini and some European vegetables.
Most of the vegetables are either cooked for the children at CCC or given to the those children who work in the garden, to cook at home. We sell the rest of the vegetables to the villagers at a favourable price and have re-invested the proceeds in buying three plastic fish ponds and vegetable seeds.
The idea of the ponds is to get water for the vegetables and to raise fish for consumption by the staff and selling some to the villagers.

CamKids now runs a sponsorship program for the students at Chbar Chros School.  A regular payment of £20 per month will pay for all of the costs to educate 3 children at the school.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like more information, please email: sponsorship@camkids.org or set up a regular payment at www.bit.ly/regdonate, marking your donation 'CC Sponsorship'.  We will then contact you and send your sponsorship pack to you.

If you are unable to commit to a regular sponsorship, please consider making a donation to help us to fund the running of the school.   If you are in the UK, you can text CAMK13 £10 to 70070 to make a £10 donation. Even a small donation of a few pounds from all of our supporters will make a huge difference. Remember, we do not have any overheads, so 100% of your donation goes to helping the children. 

Alternatively, go to www.bit.ly/singdonate or www.bit.ly/regdonate to make a single or regular credit or debit card donation in £, $ and A$ or www.bit.ly/cccpaypal to pay in any currency through PayPal (all cards accepted). 

Thank you 
The CamKids Trustees



Monday, 27 April 2015

Nhek Sreyroth's Story - a Scholarship Student from EYC

Sreyroth is a third-year student at the Institute of Specialized Economics and Finance in Phnom Penh, majoring in Accounting. She is now enjoying her second semester, and her favorite subjects are English for Business, and Marketing.

Sreyroth is the youngest girl in her family. She is 21 years old, and has two brothers and one sister. Her father is a policeman and is going to retire this year, while her mother, aged 50, is a housewife. One of her brothers and her sister are lottery sellers, and the other works at a micro-finance institution. Sreyroth lives with her sister’s family.
Speaking with a broad smile, Sreyroth said she has received a great opportunity to get financial support from EYC, funded by CamKids, to help share her family’s burden since the first year of her study. In return, Sreyroth always tries her best at school. She really likes her school where the discipline and quality of education are so good.

Besides her study, she works part-time at the Music Arts School as a receptionist. Her job also can support a part of her school fees and study materials though she doesn’t earn very much. However, Sreyroth plans to look for a better job which is more suited to her study background as an accountant, and once she finds the job, she will change her study to the evenings.

In her spare time, Sreyroth likes reading educational story books in English and humour. She really loves sports such as biking, dancing, skiing, and soccer.

Monday, 6 April 2015

CCC School Update

The CCC school continues to grow, with a new school building opened in March last year, and, following requests from the local community, an additional grade (4) added in this academic year. The teachers and staff put their hearts and their commitment into teaching kids not only an academic education but also about social awareness, hygiene, healthcare and nutrition and about broadening the children’s experiences as well.
As a result, the kids are attending classes every day and their ability has improved considerably. Thirty-three students graduated from CCC grade 3 and jumped straight in to government schools, 10 into grade 5, 15 into grade 6 at Reaksmey Samaki and eight into grade 7 at Chanthnal secondary school for the academic year 2014/15. CamKids is immensely proud that the children have done so well and this is a great testament to the skills of our teaching staff and the motivation of the children and their families. 
English Teacher
The English program has been provided as an additional resource to help the children to improve and gain extra skills for their future. The English classes run from Monday to Friday. There are six classes at CCC, taught by Mr. Piseth SOK, a full-time English Teacher, starting from 6am and continuing at various times throughout the day until 6 pm in the evening. 
The course for the English classes officially ended in September and, in accordance with our schedule, the children were tested. The written and oral tests were taken in October with a help from a volunteer, Moya Sharpe, from Australia. Both Piseth and Moya worked hard together to test every child to make sure they could move up to the next level. The result showed that 80 percent of children can go up to a higher level, but the remaining 20 percent didn’t do well enough in their exams because of a lack of study time. However, these results were very encouraging and showed that, in the last six months, all the children continued to show improvement in spelling, writing, speaking and reading. All the children practiced their English with CamKids staff and any foreigners who visited CCC. 
In October, staff and pupils from Sorell School from Tasmania visited the school and this was a great opportunity for the children to practice their English. Piseth has worked extremely well with all the volunteers who helped with teaching English. The new term started in early November, and saw a total of 194 students joining the English classes with Piseth. These are divided into six classes starting from 6:00am and continuing throughout the day until 6:30pm. Piseth keeps working hard on researching for ways to improve the teaching methods, materials and techniques.