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January 2015

Kempenfelt Rotary Club

The Barrie-Kempenfelt Rotary Club is funding ANOTHER Banyan Learning Tree School in Cambodia

This new school will be built in Daunleb Village, Kouk Pring Commune, Svay Chrum District, Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia!Barrie Rotaract Club

The Barrie Rotaract Club (an international program for adults 18-30 who want to make a difference), has funded the landfill and as soon as the rainy season has finished, the remainder of the landfill will go in.

The Barrie-Kempenfelt Rotary Club is raising funds for the latrine, well, pump, school building, perimeter fencing, school supplies and furnishings and operating costs for the first eight years!

New School Location Mike and Mary Anne Kinsey from the Club are bringing over a team of 25 Ontario, Canada Rotarians and Friends to build the school and fencing - January 9-30, 2015.

The Grand Opening Ceremony for the school will be held on January 28th where the School Building Team will be joined by the Ontario Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycle Distribution Team of 25 to give out 100 bicycles or more, Sophea Keo - New Teacherat this new Banyan Learning Tree School. What a Grand Day it will be with over 50 Ontario Rotarians and Friends at hand for the opening of this rural school.

Our AMFW/BLT local volunteer team member, Sophea Keo will be the teacher at this new school.

Thanks to sponsorship from Mike and Mary Anne Kinsey, Barbara Seagram and Carol Cartier for providing him with his continuing English courses at ACE in Phnom Penh.

November 2014: Latrine and Well COMPLETED!

Latrine and Well COMPLETED

View our visit to the Kempenfelt Rotary School Building site in remote Svay Rieng province, Cambodia.

Sophea and Lisa visit the site in Daunleb village, Svay Rieng province, Cambodia, where a team of 28 Rotarians and Friends from District 7010 will arrive to build a school!

Landfill is in place thanks to the Barrie Rotaract Club. The Kempenfelt Rotary Club has funded the 45metre deep well and the lavish two-stall latrine that were just finished a week ago, and now the main posts of the perimeter fencing are being constructed.

To help support a phase of this project, contact Mike Kinsey at mikek@bellnet.ca.

New BLT School
This new school will provide free English education to area children and provide projects and programs to landmine-affected families under the Banyan Learning Tree organization in Cambodia.

New BLT SchoolThis area has no electricity and no free English schools. Rotary will 'Light Up' this area with many opportunities for children and families.

Lots happening today (Friday, December 12th) at the Rotary Kempenfelt school building site.

Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20141227

Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20140104

Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20140107

In 3 hours, the first 6 of a team of 28 arrive here in Cambodia to begin building a school in a small village in Svay Rieng province. Construction begins Sunday. Mike Kinsey and MaryAnne Cameron-Kinsey and most of their team of Rotarians and Friends arrive here tomorrow. Many thanks to Noun Amey and Sophea Keo for organizing the local labour.

20150113: UPDATE

It's been a very exciting time here in rural Svay Rieng, Cambodia as our team of 28 Rotarians & Friends from District 7010 begin construction of a Free Education School. This service project has seen local families, friends and even our team's van drivers getting involved with all the cement mixing and strenuous work in the heat. Many Thanks to our special team members Sophea Keo and Sokhal Seng who take charge of our team and the project.
Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20150113

Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20150113Yesterday was day two at the school build site in a village in Svay Reang Province. What a great day of team work and friendship. Even the locals came out to see what progress we were making. We mixed cement and concrete, by hand, filled buckets, created trains and passed it along as a team to finally hand it off to the local builders to pour into the foundation (View Video). We are lucky to have such great translators and ( a soon to be teacher) with us to help us along the way!!

The team have been on the school construction site here in Rural Svay Rieng province for only 2 1/2 days and we have the foundation in and 6 of the 12 columns are up. We finish the columns and start bricklaying tomorrow. We are getting amazing help from the local people and our drivers. Many thanks to Noun Amey and his construction team and to Sophea Keo and Sokhal Seng.

UPDATE: On Site at the Build: Days 2 / 3 / 4 and 5 - January 12-15.

What a great team we have here to keep eyes on each other and get through the hot days full of hard work. Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20150123


Rotary Kempenfelt School COMPLETED

January 28th - by Mike Kinsey

Hundreds of people lined the very narrow streets in this remote village. Best estimation is that 700 people were on site for the grand opening of The Rotary School of Cambodia. It had a festival type of thing going with street venders selling drinks and candy. When I arrived first thing this morning the gates were installed and tent was erected.

I was so nervous just thinking about everything that was about to happen. A new beginning for the two villages and 211 kids would receive a bicycle so they could get to school. At the dedication ceremony I placed a steel plaque with my mother's initials and dedicated the school to her memory and commitment to education. Your mother is your first great teacher. At this time I want thank every single person who bought a bike or donated money for the build. I have a very special soft spot for the extremely special build team who came with me to hand build this school. Bless you all. Read Mikes Journal of the School Building Highlights.

December 2014


Thanks to the generosity of donor HTS Engineering in Toronto, ON, the rural Battambang village of Phnom Sampov will see a free English Education school and latrine completed on this site in the near future.

The one-room school will teach English to local children, teach basic sanitation and have a special daytime kindergarten class.

It will see a special visit by a Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycle distribution team in February which will distribute bicycles to area children as well as school supplies. The school will also conduct outreach programs for area landmine-affected families.

Construction will begin in a couple of weeks!!! Progress of school construction - Sponsored by: HTS Engineering - Toronto


The columns are up and bricklaying has begun in full force.
Progress of school construction - Sponsored by: HTS Engineering - Toronto


School nears completion - Sponsored by: HTS Engineering - Toronto
Thanks to HTS Engineering of Toronto, Canada, the the mountain-side village of Phnom Sampove will see this small school opening soon to provide area children with free English Education and outreach programs for landmine survivors. The walls will be parged and painted and then the roof and floors completed.

School COMPLETED - Sponsored by: HTS Engineering - Toronto

20150123 - HTS Engineering SCHOOL - COMPLETED!


Thanks to HTS ENGINEERING OF TORONTO, CANADA, the surrounding village children of Phnom Sampov, Battambang will now have this lovely new school where they can learn English for free!

It will also conduct outreach programs for landmine survivors.

Our Rotary Wheels for Learning Team will arrive here on Feb. 2nd to provide 50 area children with bicycles to attend this new school.

Building project conducted by A Mine Free World Team members Srey Own, her brother Voeun and Lisa McCoy - A Mine Free World - www.aminefreeworld.org.

Nil Noy Update

Etobicoke Rotary Club - District 7070Thanks to the generous donation from Rotary Club of Etobicoke, Nil Noy is able to continue his valuable bicycle repair program for another year!

A broken bike won't stop the children from getting the education they want.

Landmine survivor, Nil Noy, travels to three area schools every month to provide these bicycle repairs. Children receive free bicycle repairs including parts! Recently, a photojournalist team, 2020studios travelled to Cambodia and prepared a short film on Nil Noy and his work. Be sure to watch this video!

The children crowd around him and patiently wait their turn. Some help him by handing him tools and pumping up the tires.
Nil Noy Repairs Bike Tires for the Children

Director Chheut Serey of Preph Dao Primary School
Many Thanks to Director Chheut Serey of Preph Dao Primary School, Boeung Preah village in Battambang province for the wonderful tour Lisa had of his school.

Project conducted through A Mine Free World - www.aminefreeworld.org.


An estimated 5,000,000 landmines still endanger those living in the rural areas of Cambodia. The Rotary Club of Orillia has donated US$2,060 towards landmine eradication. The donation was made to Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD) www.cambodianselfhelpdemining.org , founded by Aki Ra. His Cambodian licensed deminers have cleared 80 villages (1.4 million square meters of land) since they began operations 6 years ago.

It costs $17,000/month to to keep the deminers in the field - not a large cost when you consider the countless lives that are spared the horrific injuries and casualties caused by landmines. The donation was made through A Mine Free World (AMFW) in Canada.

On hand to present the donation are Rotarian Lisa McCoy and Pauline Johns from AMFW. Accepting the donation are CSHD Project Managers Bill and Jill Morse with one of the demining team.

November 2014

Sophea KeoGOOD LUCK Sophea on your Level 6 Final English Exam

Sophea had the first of 2 exams for his level 6 English class at ACE yesterday (Nov 29). Next Saturday (Dec 6) is his final exam for level 6.

Sophea's level 6 was sponsored by Kathy Glazer-Chow and Clare Glazer-Chow from the 2012 Rotary Wheels for Learning bicycle distribution team to Cambodia.

Big Thanks to both Kathy and Clare!

UPDATE: December 7, 2014
Sophea PASSED his Level 6 - CONGRATULATIONS Sophea! Once the new school is up and running, we hope to continue his English levels and computer classes out of Svay Rieng University - on the weekends.
If you would like sponsor his continuing education, please contact .

White Dove Weaving Centre - UPDATE November 26

White Dove Weaving CentreToday, Pauline and I had a great visit with Paul from the Sonas weaving village which we visted and with Ban Ven.

Under Paul and Van's new alliance, the RS White Dove weaving centre will bring on 2 more weavers and will be staring some interesting designs beginning December 1st!

Paul and Van also have some great new agricultural programs just being implemented in Takeo.

White Dove Weaving Centre - Follow us on FacebookWe'll keep you posted - we are here until end of March!

The Centre teaches rural Cambodian women the art of hand loom weaving and provides them with a self-sustainable income. Centre built by Round Square.

World Toilet DayWORLD TOILET DAY IS ON NOVEMBER 19TH - Nothing to laugh about for there are 2.5 billion people in the world without one!

YOU CAN HELP! - Here in Cambodia, A Mine Free World www.aminefreeworld.org , has a program where we supply all the materials for a rural landmine-affected family to build their own sanitary pit toilet system with house and cistern - we'll help them build it if they need help - $360USD. Contact us here in Cambodia and we'll get a landmine-affected family a toilet on your behalf. Email us: .

World Toilet Day On 19 November each year World Toilet Day highlights the importance of toilets and each individual's right to a safe and hygienic sanitary environment. Lack of safe sanitation has been called a silent crisis. The international community recognizes World Toilet Day every 19 November to advocate for those who need better sanitation.

Approximately 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. World Toilet Day highlights this silent crisis. Founded in 2001 by the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), the event celebrates the importance of sanitation by supporting and accelerating efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goal target to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015.

This year, WSSCC and WTO proudly present a brand new World Toilet Day campaign. Please take a look and see how you can get involved with the day of not just advocacy but also of real action.

Do you give a sh*t? We do! http://www.worldtoiletday.org

October 2014

The Hamilton Independent Media Awards - "The Maggies"

Website: urbanicity.ca

Congratulations to 2020studios - Living With Landmines, on their win for the Best Journalist -Social Justice & Human Rights

Their touching photos of landmine survivors in Cambodia, were taken during their visit to Cambodia in February-March 2014. WATCH THE VIDEO

Note from Terry: Katrina and I are excited and humbled beyond words on winning the 2014 Maggie award for Best Journalist- Social Justice and Human Rights. Winning this award would never have happened without your help and support along the way. Thanks to all for taking the time to vote for us.


3rd Annual Cambodian Gravenhurst Fundraiser October 2014

Our 3rd Annual Cambodian Fundraiser held at the Gravenhurst Seniors Centre in Gravenhurst on October 2nd raised $7,200.00!

People are so generous. What a wonderful group.

There were 120 people there and a good time was had by all. The event included a Bridge seminar with Barbara Seagram, a presentation on Cambodia by Patti Lee and a Happy Duplicate Bridge Game. Lisa McCoy was also in attendance to answer any questions! Thank you too to all who supported our Silent Auction.

Special THANKS for the GREAT work by Linda Harrison and her team, Carolyne and Kelly.

We now sustain 4 schools in Cambodia and our goal is now to build a Family Health Clinic in a remote village in Cambodia! Thank you, thank you to everyone who attended!!

If you would like to support our cause, please make cheques payable to: Canadian Landmine Foundation
and mail to Barbara Seagram, 220 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto ON M4N 1T2 Canada. (Remember to include your address, email address and telephone number in order to process your tax reciept for donations over $25.00)

August 2014


Etobicoke Rotary Club - District 7070...to the Rotary Club of Etobicoke! With their generous donation we are thrilled that we are able to continue this valuable bicycle repair program for another year!

In 2010, Cambodian landmine survivor, Nil Noy received bicycle tools and supplies with which to start his own village-level bicycle repair business.The Nil Noy Story

Since then, he has never looked back and keeps busy with repairing and building bicycles and providing numerous children in the area with free bicycle repairs, which in turn enables them to go to school.

Recently, a photojournalist team, 2020studios travelled to Cambodia and prepared a short film on Nil Noy and his work. Be sure to watch this video!

Pauline and Lisa Cambodia Arrival DatesPauline & Lisa UPDATE:
Pauline will be arriving in Cambodia on August 7th for a month!

Lisa arrives on November 5th and is staying until end of March!

We look forward to hearing back from them regarding the latestest news for our schools and special projects!

Pauline and Lisa Cambodia

UPDATE: November 2014

Lisa on her first day in Phnom Penh with soon to be teacher Sophea Keo of the new Banyan Learning Tree School being built this January by Barrie Kempenfelt Rotary and friends.

AND...guess what Pauline captured in the bathroom???? ...after arriving at the village house (www.amineworld.org live on location) in Takeo,Cambodia today!!!


Patti Lee Fundraiser...to all the Attendees and Others who attended and supported the Bridge Lessons with Patti Fundraiser for our schools in Cambodia, that was held August 4th at the Syracuse, Liverpool Regional!

Patti Lee contributed her teaching to offer a workshop on Inferences. In lieu of a fee she accepted donations totalling $1,970!!!

The moneys will be used to pay the salary of a teacher in Cambodia for 18 months.

Canadian Kindness
Felt in Faraway Cambodia
Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway Cambodia

Most people in the bridge world know Barbara Seagram as one of the top teachers, a prolific author and an intrepid tour guide. What's not so well known is how far she will go to help her fellow mankind.

Today, they and their supporters sustain the operations of four schools in Phnom Penh area, paying for electricity, supplies (including computers) and the salaries of teachers and librarians. Continued...

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