Report from Peter Royce, Project Manager (volunteer) of the Khmer Village Program.
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Owing in large part to the tire bin donations and clean-up activities, village residents have maintained greater care of the environment to date, keeping areas around their homes mostly clear of litter and natural debris. Congruently, conditions inside homes improved with mosquito free sleeping areas and less intrusive monsoon rains thanks to contribution (from Rotary) of roof panels and treated bed nets. And since our village classes began in January 2011 with Rotary granted school materials, over sixty children have attended, studying English, Khmer, and Math. Every 2 to 4 months, students who attend class regularly enjoy a community day trip to the waterfall, pagoda, beach, cinema, or skating with their teachers and parents, while receiving incentives aligned with project goals such as raincoats, school bags, and badminton sets. In addition to the village classes, five more private school tuition scholarships were recently awarded from donors in the U.S. and Holland, and twelve children unregistered in state school were finally enrolled in October.
Extracurricular activities have included village parents and a local donor developing a now popular soccer field on land adjacent to the village. Skype video sessions with American donors and students, and university students volunteering to teach soccer, badminton, and dance. Last month we hosted two events: we had a village donation and performance event. Children participated in singing, dancing, and musical chairs competitions; then received clothing donated from Kids Without Borders, multivitamins from an individual donor, and school materials from local groups "Khmer For Khmer", University of Management and Ecnomics, and Norkor Khmer School. Back in December, 48 students and 14 volunteers auditioned for our performances at a local school, visited a new beach, then went to dinner.
Peter Royce (center back row) and the children in Cambodia