Many thanks to Zac Armstrong, left presenting 4 tablets to the CHOICE Computer teacher Sarome with Ratanak in the background. Now we have 16 Laptops plus the 4 Tablets so we can now have 20 students in the class.
Five year old Sambart was born blind, for years now CHOICE has been supplying aid to his family. Now we have enrolled Sambart in the Krousar Thmey school for the blind. He has settled in very well and is excited and eager to learn and return after his first week.
We have to thank Thea Quin and her family and Richard Jones for sharing the costs Sambart needs in order to attend the school. He lives at the school from Monday to Friday and travels home for the weekends. At the moment costs are US$36pm for food, $60pm for transport (a 2 hour trip on a motorbike) and a couple of $$ for washing his clothes. We still continue supplying rice each month for the family in the Village. Initially we had to provide 4 school uniforms, a back pack, footwear, toiletries, other clothing and a Bike helmet. Other ongoing costs are needed to establish a birth certificate and family book as the family have none of these.
Many thanks to “Bikes 4 Life” for donating 25 bicycles to the CHOICE Children. Thanks to CCF and Leanne Balkin and all other organizations involved in organizing this.
Because we have more than 100 students we will present a bike to the students that have the best attendance record and live furthest from our school. Besides providing transport its a great incentive for these kids to attend school as they are from extremely poor squatter families.
Srey Peck will be the first as she has an excellent attendance record and lives far away, presentation pictures of this will be shown as they are handed out.
Phee Cheang Ing aged 8yo is a newcomer to the first Village. Her right leg is much shorter than her left leg and she suffered pain in her upper leg from walking on her toes all the time. Her first tempory fix was the Ross flipflop which releived the pain until we got her measured up professionally by Veterans International, an NGO for the disabled. For US$7 we now had a properly measured flipflop but it was very heavy and only lasted a few weeks, see the picture with the broken strap. With sponsorship of $56 from Liz Smith from Chester UK. Cheang has a much better quality and lighter shoe now, with another pair on order see the last picture.
CHOICE has moved their official meeting place from Sundance Inn to Longlin House a Khmer run Guest House, Restaurant and Bar. They have two buildings one 50 meters west of Sundance Inn, the other place is just around the corner in Street 19, much larger, it has a very long frontage to street 19, (No.159)
We thank Harry and his staff at Sundance Inn for their support over the last couple of years, please continue your patronage there when you visit.