We hope that you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations last month and have all returned safely from your holidays by now. Christmas was a great opportunity for us as projects of Serve Cambodia can be all gathering in one place and celebrate the Christmas Party for all our students from the 3x education centres joining together at Tarsha’s Legacy Centre (TLC). On this Christmas Party we had prepared many programs such as show performance, Comedy, Lucky draw etc.
Every single center (LOH, HOH and TLC), they also prepare their own show of their centre and perform on that day as well. Moreover, we see that all the program were running very smoothly and audience are really happy and enjoy with our program.
We also had a beautiful bicycle as a big gift for those whom is lucky by the lucky draw. One mother of a student who lives in Happy Village II had also won a beautiful bicycle as a big gift on that day as well. She was very happy and excited because she didn’t have a bicycle at home for her transportation to work.
The special program that the audience are looking for is a Competition of Serve Cambodia Singer between the 3 centres. In each centre had collected the best singer to represent of the school and do the competition to get the Champion. As the result, the singer in each student had done very good which their voice, performance, confidant… and it is hard for the judges to give the result so at the end of the show the champion in this year go to Harvest Of Hope Centre.
So we just want to take this time as well to say thank you to all the donor, people who sponsor and support for Serve Cambodia that they always help and keep us in their prayers. Many thanks too to all of the Serve Cambodia staff, that made this Christmas Party – without your work, the student will not have a great time like this.
by Phanna Hun (TLC centre manager)
Parents Meetings are always held in each Serve Cambodia education centre every 3 months. This is important to cooperate with student’s parents, to assist to look after their children’s study at home. It helps to strengthen and enhance children’s capacities in education and particularly, it is the time to encourage parents to continue to send their children to school rather than push them into the labour force at a young age.
What’s more, we also spend time to teach parents with special topics that are related to daily issues like family management and hygiene, as well as other issues that they face when living in very poor slums or villages. Also, it is a great time for the teachers to narrate how progressing study of their children recently.
Thereby, Serve Cambodia cooperated with HELP Cambodia team from Australia last November 2016. To assist to hold a parents meeting in 2 education centres, the Harvest of Hope centre and the Light of Hope centre. The team provided their magnificent example and high dedication to support their children at school and the pivotal advantage of education for their children in the foreseeable future.
They added that, their children in Australia have a good job with a good payment after they finished their tertiary levels at schools, so they not only stop relying on their family but also to able to support their families. The team also took their time to play with kids by leading to play games, drawing pictures and sing songs. Moreover, they delivered the study materials and burgers to children and parents. After finishing assemblage of parents meeting, a majority of parents expressed their delighting emotion to have joined this meeting.
All in all, education is an extremely sharp sword to break the poverty in Cambodia, and we believe that the young generation will transform their lives, families, communities and country from the poverty stricken situation for their foreseeable future.
We would like to say Thank You profusely for all our wonderful friends, partners and donors whom always honestly care, support and sponsor any child so far, as without your help it would not be happened and changed in their lives.
by Vanna Hin (HOH Centre Manager)
together with Hong Kim (Serve Cambodia administrator)
Serve Cambodia is operating three education centres in different areas in Cambodia. There are many students each year need to go through the big examination of year 12 or (High School) and in our country it is very difficult for anyone to pass this examination to be eligible for University. We have had a small group of year 12 students for this year, and some we had already supported to join Trade courses like mechanic or electrician before the end of the year. This year Serve Cambodia has 5 students whom finished the high school, so they were study very hard for the preparation of the big examination before the University. However, that’s the challenge to be encouraging all the children to working hard in all the study action and represented Serve Cambodia and their centres to gain success and achieve the good result. On the other hand even though the 5 students are from different backgrounds and lifestyles, and even though the system was changing by the Cambodian government, but the good thing is that all 5 of them went through the exam and the result was great that they all passed!!!
Anyways, this achievement of the student make the parents very proud of their kids and Serve Cambodia education centres, so even they are poor but the next generation will change their lifestyle in the better direction. Serve Cambodia has included them into the University and Trade scholarship program which we call the Work Skills and Education Project (WSEP). Recently we have the WSEP students meeting so the new 5 scholarship students were sharing their testimony and how they want to be in the future. Some of them want to have their own establishment and running a business, not only help themselves but they can employ or help other adolescents to get a job as well. More than this, a few students want to work in the government ministry to develop our own country to a better place. Most of the students are now working full time plus also study in the university at night time so please keep them in your prayer.
All of this couldn’t have occurred without your support, we’re so blessed to have all of you that have been funding us since we registered Serve Cambodia in 2010, and some people for even longer. Since then we have assisted many students to graduate from their tertiary courses and they can look after themselves well, and some of them are meeting the expense of their whole family. Also some of them are donating part of their income back to support the WSEP project for the future. We’re really looking to see our new generation to build up their capacity to make change in the world.
by “Sochea” Sy Chan (Serve Cambodia manager)
“Education. Learning as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be foolish.”
The Rubbish Dump village has 45 families who live around a rubbish dump, most of their jobs are scavenge at rubbish dump for plastic, copper and other recyclable materials that they can exchange for money and they can earn $4 per day.
So do you think that $4 per day is enough for make their living for 5 member in their family? Of course that it is not enough for them, to making their living even in poor conditions at least you need to have more than $7 per day. That’s why some of them tries to push their children must scavenge for recyclable materials every day and most kids to work alongside them to make enough income and provide the family’s needs… (rice, food, clean water & Renting room every month) while most of the kids don’t attend school.
During Phcum Benh Day (Khmer Holiday) that is very difficult time for them to earn money to buy rice and food to feed their family, because buyers at the rubbish dump not available to buy from them for this time and they are need to wait till the Khmer Holiday is finished. Another problem they face with raining season, the area where they scavenge rubbish it very flooding in the raining season, so they need to walk in the bad water to scavenge the rubbish for exchange money to get food, that is how they earn money to make their living!
And we would like to thanks God for his blessed by the recent team from Mounty Church who visited Fellowship of Hope Church and Serve Cambodia and the Rubbish Dump village, and we have opportunity to sharing the word of God to them and we also knew that they face with hunger problem and the team want to bless them with a gift of rice, and we not forget to thanks to Louise Ellings and her team that provide them with well for all the villager to get clean water to drinking.
by Worthy Williams (missionary serving with Fellowship of Hope Church)
together with Meng Oum (Serve Cambodia manager)