20131204 - A BIG THANK YOU!
...to Loon Lake, Gravenhurst Resident and Friend, David Bryce for raising funds for 50 ROTARY WHEELS FOR LEARNING BICYCLES for children here in Cambodia!
These bicycles will be given out in January-February 2014, when our team of 30 Ontario Rotarians & Friends come to Cambodia on their 3-week bicycle distribution trip.
Toronto Area Rotarians Visit Takeo
A group of Toronto Area Rotarians came to Takeo to visit projects supported by the Canadian Landmine Foundation (CLMF) www.canadianlandmine.org and A Mine Free World Foundation (AMFW).
They visited landmine survivors, Youen Sambat and Ek Kruel who were trained in sustainable farming and chicken rearing by Ven Ban.
A visit followed to the Banyan Learning Tree (BLT), www.banyanlearningtree.org, school "Happy Gecko" to meet the students and enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by teacher, Phearom. They then travelled to see Ven Ban's farm to better understand the training programs for the landmine survivors.
November Volunteer Activities
On November 5th, AMFWF said "Welcome back" to Jan Gough-Watson, who returned for a week to teach with Chamroeun at Tuol Sambo. She also set up the power point programs with Chamnap back in Phnom Penh.
After a farewell to Jan Gough-Watson (after a busy week at the Phnom Penh / Tuol Sambo schools), volunteer Honu Dawson can be found enjoying her time with the kindergarten class.
She will be here a couple of more MONTHS!
Honu has been with the group of Toronto Area Rotarians that arrived in Takeo to visit projects supported by the CLMF and AMFW.
20131107 - Pauline and Lisa are NOW IN CAMBODIA!
Preparations have been finalized too for the arrival of our volunteers AND the RoundSquare Organisation who will arrive in December to construct a weaving centre for the village women....so exciting!!!
In February 2014, Terry Asma and Katrina Simmons from 2020studios.com, will shoot a documentary for A Mine Free World where they will raise so much awareness for landmine survivors and their families! For more than twenty years, Terry Asma's images and Katrina Simmons's words have captured the social and political climate of countries around the world! Have a look at photos from a previous visit...http://www.2020studios.com.
To Barbara Seagram and all who attended the BLT School's Bridge Fundraiser held @ the Niagara Falls Regional Bridge Tournament on Friday, November 8th, 2013! All money raised (every dime) from this "TAKE MORE TRICKS... IMPROVE YOUR DECLARER PLAY" seminar goes directly to Banyan Learning Tree schools in Cambodia. These schools were built and sustained by Barbara Seagram, Patti Lee and the bridge community of Toronto and beyond!
Weaving Centre and Toilet will be built in December!
The Leaders in Training group (from RSIS) will be building a Weaving Centre and toilet.
20131210 - Update: Day1 at the Weaving Centre site. All of the RS Group are happy with what they have achieved today: foundations almost complete! View Photo Gallery
20131207 - Update:
Amazing effort by Jess Caro, from the 2011 RoundSquare team, who used his skydiving skills to raise funds for the current Weaving Centre project.
Jess's funds will pay the
teacher's salary ….well done!!!
20131204 - Update:
Plans are in the works for our December 19th Opening ceremony of the BLT Weaving Centre with the RS group. We will also be giving out bicycles, chicken businesses and mosquito nets with the funds RS team members bring over. RS has already supplied the funds for the looms,supplies and teachers for the first 3-month weaving course!!!
20131107- Update:In 2011, their first Leader Training Project, which was designed to offer team members a 2-day workshop on Project Planning, Leadership and Safety; combined with a 10-day Project during which team members could put all their newly learned skills into practice, and get more experience of developing world service work. All the candidates were put into leadership teams, having to lead a day each of the trip. They had to brief the team, prepare risk assessments, run the whole day and run the de-brief session each evening.
Toilet completed. Landfill completed. Old Big Love School, building materials salvage completed!VIEW PHOTOS
On this project... The Banyan Learning Tree Weaving Centre will be built at the old "Big Love School" site not far from Banyan Learning Tree School, consisting of a 6m x 8m brick and cement one-room building with metal roof, having one door and 8 windows. It will also include a one-stall toilet building with a metal roof.
The present bamboo, wood and metal roof construction will be taken down and these materials will be used to provide housing for a local poor family.
Landfill is needed to level the land before construction and cannot be done during the rainy season. It will be done in October/early November 2013, when the worst of the rainy season is over. The site already has a well.
Our 'Own' (aka Nouv Saroeun), will be the 24/7 local guide with the RS group in December! Own is VERY excited to be involved!
September Muskoka Bridge Event Raises $4,257 for Cambodian Schools
The Second Annual Fundraising All-day Bridge Event held September 26, with North American Bridge Masters Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee raised $4,257 for four Banyan Learning Tree Schools in Cambodia.
These schools provide free English, computer and basic sanitation education to impoverished Cambodian children. All the schools also include a library and provide many outreach programs for landmine-affected families.
The event included a bridge seminar by Barbara Seagram (www.barbaraseagram.com), presentation by Patti Lee, a fabulous lunch, silent auction and door prizes galore!
Many thanks to the ladies of the Gravenhurst Seniors Centre for the lunch and to event organizers Linda Harrison and Carolyne Dixon!
Thanks too to all who played and donated toward the cause from Muskoka, Chatham, Huntsville and beyond! Funds raised will be used to keep these four schools running - teacher's salaries, school supplies, utilities, etc.
To all those that attended Lisa's presentation held Mon. Sept. 9 at Daphne's Drop In (www.daphnewymn.com), and supported our Embracelets® program by purchasing a bracelet and/or other crafts created by the eight women in Cambodia, who participate in this program.
Thanks to the generousity of the attendees, $83.95 was raised!
Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services gratefully acknowledges
the donations of the community and Drop In Speakers.
TUK TUK AUDIO GUIDED TOURS of PHNOM PENH...and MORE!
Sophea is an English-Speaking Tuk Tuk Taxi Driver who has the FIRST tuk tuk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, equipped with a sound system!
While enjoying the sites of Phnom Penh, Sophea provides a guided tour speaking through a microphone around his neck which is amplified through a speaker located at the back of the tuk tuk.
Audio Driving Tours include:
- Phnom Penh City Tour
- Choeung Ek Killing Fields
- Tamao Zoo
- Chiso Mountain
- Tuol Sleng
- Genocide Museum
Sophea is also a great, versatile SINGER and if you ask him, he will treat you to one of his many songs! He also volunteers for all our Rotary Wheels for Learning and Banyan Learning Tree Projects!
Equipment donated by Barbara Seagram of Toronto, Canada.