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In November 2010, 2 Australian women made their third visit to 2 organisations in Cambodia that look after children. This shows how donations from colleagues and family were invested, and the impact small amounts can have .
Cambodia report 2010 Your Donations DO make a difference
About this bookThis book is about theCambodian trip undertaken byMargaret Allison and Viv Readin December 2010. It providesfeedback to those who donated,and shows how the money wasspent.Both organisations we supportare special, and we hope that youwill be able to continue to help
BSDABased in Kampon Cham, about 3 hours drive from Phnom Penh. BSDA (Buddhist and SocialDevelopment Association) was established by Venerable Vandong Thorn in 2005. From smallbeginnings, the purpose which is helping the poorest of the poor has manifested in a number ofprojects. MKK (Mekong Kids) is the heart and soul of BSDA and the program we support.The new vocational training centre has been built to assist orphans who are above school age, and 25young people will be provided skills in sewing, weaving or cooking. A proposed micro ﬁnancescheme will provide each graduate with materials and equipment to commence their small business.For the original MKK kids program, there is traditional dance ( and hip hop practice after theperformance), and vocational skill development. For the community, there are English lessons thatsome 550 attend each day. And Smile restaurant - where graduates from the MKK programs cookand serve excellent food...We have visited 3 times - and each time the promises of whats next have been realised.For more information, their website ishttp://www.bsda-cambodia.org/Smile, Vandong and BSDA are all on Facebookand I have copies of ﬁnancials, budgets, and projects. 1
Shopping and delivering... through the capable Mr Vanthea our excellent guide, driver, bargainer, negotiator and organiser! Always in search of the best pri (ce), we would be lost without him.2
The Vocational TrainingCentre...built in 2010.The two story buildingsare the accommodationblocks, the single story isthe training centre This facilit y skill develo extends the range p All 25 are ment to older child of orphans. ren. 3
The Centre is on the way to self sufficiency..solar power and hot water, fish in the dam, vegetables and a substantial chicken coop ( running chickens are most sought after - our equivalent of free range!!) Top right: t The studen he chicken shed looking af ts are responsible fo ter the fo od sources r !4
Our main contributions were bedding... 25 each of mattresses and covers, pillows, blankets,and mosquito nets. Other contributions were ceiling fans, 100 kilos rice, 60 kilos weavingthread, thongs and toiletries. 5
The School Children....For them, soccer balls, badminton sets, pens, pencils, notebooks, 100 metres fabric for new curtains ( the stage carpet was last year) and a promise for money for some new costumes.8
The dancing is always ahighlight...most of thecostumes that they wearare also made by sewingstudents.Seeing some of the samekids and hearing of theirprogress is also special. The dance s and exotic are a mixture of f .... olk 9
The tradition of acknowledging those who have contributed... The donat io on a table ns are always plac f e thanks to or all to see and fo d b expresse r d...10
Smile restaurant is in Kampon Cham on the Mekong River. It is staffed by graduates of MKK and serves wonderful food!14
Sunﬂower Orphanage... Phnom Penh17 children, all orphaned by and living with HIV Aids are cared for by the extraordinary Mr Suri andvolunteer staff.(None of whom take any pay).The children would not get their medication if they were not in the orphanage. Many have beenabandoned, others have had to leave family to get the support they need. All are in school. A recentvolunteer from Australia has left his mark, as we listened to a wonderful rendition of Kookaburrasits on the Old Gum Tree!!This group is in urgent need of funds as their main source to date has not renewed. Sponsorship ofindividual children is being sought... and we have the information on each of these children, costsetc.One of our mob, Tom is a primary school teacher and is establishing a connection between thechildren and his class.Our donations included rice, toiletries ( the skin cream was a HUGE hit), pens, pencils, paper... alaptop for staff and a desktop for the children.You can also visit their website..www.sunflowerorphanage.org/ 15
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