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

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

HAP Centre Update

HAP continues to run smoothly and a number of new projects have been completed at the centre. A bio-digester was installed by CamKids with the support of the Liger International School in Phnom Penh. The idea is to reduce the use of wood as well as the costs and cooking time and to produce natural fertilizer for the vegetable garden. To keep children and staff safe, a concrete fence was built around the centre, with support from ASPECA. In addition, a new library and classroom was built, to expand the English classes for the children.
To improve the staff capacity to make their work more productive, it was arranged for various members of staff to join a number of training and development workshops with other partner NGOs. The children are growing up fast, both physically and mentally. They now have good food to eat, clean water to drink and to wash with, hygiene products to use, weekly treats and very good care from the nannies.
Last July, all the children had their general health checked at the ASPECA office in Kompong Speu; the results showed that all the children were healthy. The children also study at the Government school regularly and they are taking accelerated Khmer and English classes at the centre, to improve their knowledge. The older children have English classes with Mr. Piseth, an English teacher from CamKids, three days per week and now their English is much better. The children also still learn and practice dancing, drawing and playing music. The director monitors all the children’s activities and undertakes a weekly review and progress talk with the children.
Recently, three girls from HAP failed their high school exams and did not intend to go back to school again. However, with encouragement from CamKids and the centre, they all decided to study again, and they hope to be successful this year. Kuyseng, a young man who was formerly at HAP and who is supported by CamKids, is successfully continuing his second year of study at The Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh.

Monday, 22 December 2014

CamKids Winter 2014 /15 Newsletter

 CamKids Winter 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to our Winter 2014/15 Newsletter, which focuses on our project in an extremely poor rural area of Kampong Speu province, where we now operate a school for some 330 children from Kindergarten to Grade 4 and a small medical unit for the whole community, as well as a number of agricultural and other development projects.  

We call this initiative "MEND" - Medical, Education, Nutrition, Development.    MEND was founded on one enduring principle - A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out. Four years on and the project has proved to be a huge success and, more importantly, the children are flourishing as we hope you will see in this Newsletter.

All of this would not be possible without your help.  The Newsletter provides details of some specific  Sponsorship Opportunities or other Fundraising Possibilities but any donation, however small, will help us provide long term support for some of the word's most vulnerable children.  We are very proud to still be able to say that CamKids has no fundraising or administration costs and that only Cambodians receive funds from the charity.

This year, we would therefore urge you not to forget that every penny you raise gets directly to the people in Cambodia and is critical to our continuing aid to many thousands of children and their families.

We wish you all a happy and successful 2015 and hope you enjoy the Newsletter.

The CamKids Trustees

To access the Newsletter, please click This Link or Contact Us and we will send you a copy by e-mail.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Lakeside School student graduates from IT program

Empowering Youth in Cambodia’s (EYC) Lakeside School has been going strong since 2008 with an array of educational programs and activities that have served dynamic young people in slum communities. Fully supported through CamKids, this school has provided support to young people and their families who live in tough conditions but have big dreams. 
One young man is named Chan Ranuy, and he just completed a 2-year Associates Degree in System and Network Administration. Ranuy started to study English in the evenings at Lakeside school in 2009 until he graduated high school in 2012. EYC’s education manager then introduced him to a program where students from poor families can study in an intensive IT and life skills program, and he was accepted into the program. EYC paid the subsidized tuition while he studied full time, and his family supported him with food and transportation costs. 
While many families rely on grown children to support themselves during their advanced studies, or even send money home, Ranuy’s family made the necessary contribution to make this possible. Now he has been placed in a technology company working in computer service, and making a good starting salary while he continues his studies toward a bachelor’s degree. He has long days between a full time job and classes in the evenings, but he is very energized and hopeful for the future. His family is very proud and grateful to the support he has received from EYC. “I very much appreciate all the donors who made it possible for me to get my education and I now believe I can achieve my dreams,” said Ranuy. 
While EYC cannot change many of the problems people in Cambodia face every day, we know that when we give a hand up to young people with potential the results are usually good. Thanks in large part to the great support EYC receives from CamKids, over 30 students currently receive direct support for their advanced studies. With 132 students attending classes daily, Lakeside School has been a pillar in the community and is appreciative of the great partnership with CamKids.
 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sorell School visit to Chbar Chros Community School

Sorell School from Tasmania is sponsoring a class from CCC school in Kompong Speu as part of our GRADE initiative and this was Sorell's first visit to the CamKids project. It was an amazing day for the Sorell students and staff, the CCC students, parents, villagers, elders and CamKids.



Thursday, 2 October 2014

TLC Program

One-2-One Cambodia’s Tough Little Children (TLC) aerobics program, which is funded by CamKids, provides an opportunity for talented young orphans to train in the sport of aerobic gymnastics with the aim of improving their physical fitness and increasing their overall health and wellbeing. Established in 2010, the TLC program is designed for children aged between 8 and 14 years old to have fun while training in aerobics and provides them with an opportunity to participate in the National Gymnastics Championships. During the past six months, the number of children participating in the program has increased from 18 to 30 children. 
The children are from a range of orphanages located in Phnom Penh. Over the last year, the Head Coaches have continued to facilitate aerobics classes at each of the orphanages. Each month, a total of 10 classes have been held and, in addition, the 15 most talented children have been invited to attend two extra training sessions held every Saturday and Sunday evening, at the Motion Gym which is a fully equipped aerobics facility with padded floors, ropes, hoops and wall mirrors. The aerobic gymnastics classes are conducted by Srorn and Sarith, two internationally experienced Cambodian aerobics instructors. 
In July 2014, the TLC team participated in the National Gymnastics Championships and won a total of 4 silver medals. These achievements are testament to not only the hard work of the children and staff, but also to the overall success of the TLC sports program. At the last TLC training session at Motion Gym, a talented young boy named Peniel, was interviewed. 
Peniel is 12 years old and he is in Grade 6. Peniel was born in Kandal province but he lives in an orphanage in Phnom Penh. He has 3 brothers and he is the second child in his family. In 2008 his parents decided to send him and his brothers to live at the orphanage because of his family’s poor living conditions. In 2010, Peniel joined the TLC program and in 2012, 2013 and 2014 Peniel participated in the National Gymnastics Championships and won Bronze and Silver medals. Peniel really enjoys aerobics and has worked hard over the years to become a National Champion. 
I never thought that I would become a champion or a sports man because before I started to train in aerobic gymnastics I was really weak and got sick very often”, Peniel said. However, after a few months of training he increased his strength, flexibility, speed and overall ability to perform gymnastics to a high level. Peniel said, “At first I didn’t like flexibility stretching and dance exercises, but after practicing very hard, I am now able to perform a range of exercises which I enjoy very much.” The instructors are so impressed with Peniel’s dedication and the progress he has made. Peniel also says, “I have improved my strength and skill so much. Before, I found it difficult to play even a simple sport but now I have good health and strength, and have never been sick like I was before. I am so thankful to One-2-One and CamKids for providing me with this opportunity to learn aerobic gymnastics and to improve my health and fitness”.