The center provides education for both children and adults, running English, Khmer and Computer classes in the day time, and further English and Computers in the evening. Illiteracy is still common in Cambodia and and it can be so restricting, by passing on this knowledge we are ensuring students have the best possible chance at finding good employment in their future.
We also put a lot on emphasis on leaning through other activities such as art, dance, play, sport and music. Children do not get a chance to express themselves much here, so by running different activities we allow them the freedom to do so and learn many important life lessons such as creativity, team work, confidence and conflict resolution in the process.
There is very little in the way of free healthcare here, so the financial strain of an illness or injury can cripple families.
We provide very basic first aid on site, cover cost of clinic visits and medications and in extreme cases cover cost of travel and accommodation to Phnom Penh to visit Kantha Bopha hospital (which is free and very good).
Another local NGO Mlop Tapang, provide free ear clinics and dentistry for our students.
We also consider it essential to teach our students about the importance of good hygiene, providing showers, with soap, shampoo and lice treatment when needed and toothbrushes for daily cleaning.
Nutritional Support + Community Outreach
Malnutrition still a big problem in Cambodia, with many children suffering stinted growth and development because of it. To help combat this within our community we carry out monthly food drops of rice, oil, fish and soy, to the poorest families on rotation (supported by Help Cambodia) . We combine this with community outreach, talking to the families in the area to help assess any problems they are having and helping them to find solutions.
The soap making scheme the center runs helps some of the poorest local women by providing them with an extra income to support their families, and by teaching them a new and marketable skill.
All of the women involved are mothers of our students; they all live in very poor conditions and are either unemployed or work as street soup sellers. This project gives them a freedom to make extra money without disrupting their daily lives.
None of the women have been lucky enough to go to school themselves, so their educational levels are low. Despite this they have all more than risen to the challenge, learning the recipes and measurements along with the science behind the combination of temperatures and ingredients. This combine with their local knowledge of coconut oil making and of local scents and spices have resulted in a final product that we are all very proud of.
The soap they make is then sold through hotels, either to tourists or to the hotels themselves to use in the bathrooms. The money is all put back into the scheme, to buy the supplies, pay the women and eventually to make the project grow.
We have now started to work with the Eco Soap Bank an initiative taking waste hotel soap, sanitizing and reprocessing it and distributing it to poor rural areas along with advice about hygiene. The plan is to turn a waste product in to a valuable resource with which to combat preventable illnesses. We will handle the making of the soap and share the distribution with M’lop Tapang to ensure we reach as many people as possible.