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.


Monday, 16 March 2015

New Futures Organisation (NFO) Update

Since NFO changed ownership and transitioned into a community focused organisation, we have seen the benefits of repatriating children into community care. Nine of the children continue to live with the former orphanage manager as they did not have a safe family environment to return to.  Thirty of the rest of the children have returned to their villages to live with their extended families.  NFO made this possible by implementing a monthly care package for the children. 
Their families receive a monthly allowance of rice, toiletries and laundry detergent to ease the financial burden of looking after an extra child. This allows the children to continue with their studies, rather than going out to work to help support their families.  NFO also operates a drop-in study centre in Takeo town which is used by the former orphanage children.  This is a safe space where they can get a hot meal; help with homework and extra tuition when needed.  It is also a social environment where they can reconnect with each other and their former care givers.  Many of the young people are hoping to attend university in the coming years so it is important that their studies are maintained. 
All of the children are from poor rural areas and the sponsorship packages provide rice, toiletries, school supplies and medical care, easing the cost of each child’s care on their family.  This means they can continue to stay in school and will not be forced into working at a young age.  Through their education they can find better paid jobs and improve the standard of living for the whole family.
Samol has recently joined the NFO team as NFO's newly appointed education coordinator. Samol’s responsibilities include teaching at Prey Run (Little Po) on a part-time basis, teacher training for all our rural school teachers, monthly reporting of each rural school, and general administration tasks within the office of the organisation.  All of the costs of running NFO's rural schools program are still funded by CamKids.
A not so recent addition to the team is Dara, who is a part-time member of NFO's staff, and currently works with Social Services in Takeo.  Dara is employed as a social worker, and spends most of his time working alongside Bunseng visiting the children out in their villages.
Please consider making a donation to help us to help these children with their education and increase their future life chances. 

If you are in the UK, you can text CAMK13 £10 to 70070 to make a £10 donation (or change to £5, £3 etc). 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, 9 March 2015

2014 Annual Report & Accounts

The CamKids Trustees are pleased to report that our Annual Report and Accounts for 2014 have been filed with the Charity Commission well ahead of schedule and can be downloaded from HERE.  Please take a look and see how your donations have been spent.  Thank you again to all of our donors and supporters, without whom we would not be able to undertake this valuable work.

Please direct any questions about these accounts to CamKids Finance