Heng Lina

Introduction – 23rd October 2017

Heng Lina is sponsored by Kong Ly at US$50 per month.

Lina is a 5-year-old girl from No Truck village. She has no parents (they divorced and left her) and living with her old grandma who has no job. She comes to Choice school by the Choice water truck and really enjoys having lunch every weekdays at our center. She is sometimes lonely as she has no siblings to play with at home. She is now learning the English Alphabet in Kinder class and enjoys playing with her friends at school.


Photo was taken at her home on 17th October 2017


Kong Ly is her sponsor.


Lina got a new set of school uniform on 6th November,2017.

Update- 22nd November, 2017

Lina is a very well behave girl and a quick learner. She has a very beautiful hand writing and she is now learning how to write the capital letter Y.

Kids City trip

6th September 2017

Choice recently took a group of 15 of the top performing Choice students to Kids City in Phnom Penh. They mostly learnt about science on the Kids City interactive science floors.

It was the first time for all the kids to visit a city so the whole trip was an amazing experience for them. There was many firsts for them such as using a lift with glass doors to further enhanced their first elevating experience. The 10th floor had great views across the city.

Sok Heng brought them in via the Choice minibus. Vanny and Rob went along to help supervise as well. The trip was made possible by Sokphaos who has previously taught German at the Choice Centre a few years ago. He now works at Kids City and offered Choice an opportunity to bring a group of students for a hands on tour of their science areas. He organised a two hour guided tour and provided each child with a chicken and rice lunch complete with bottle of water. He arranged for discounted tickets and then paid for the remainder himself so all Choice had to pay for was transport. The tour began with the students split into two groups each with a Kids City guide who made sure the students were safe and showed them around the many experiments, displays, and activities that were well thought out and fun, including the exciting high-wire bicycle and human gyro.

Learning about how sound travels.

Learning about planets and augmented reality.

After the general tour, the centre manager made a speech to the kids about science that included the word STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. He explained about the importance of those four words to the kids and told them to study hard if they wanted to help develop their country.

He then split the students into 3 teams of 5 where they first did some team building games such as them all controlling a single elastic band connected by strings where each kid held and controlled one  string. They then used that to pick up as a team, paper cups and build a cup tower.

The center manager then set them a challenge to build a self propelled model car from a pack of components that included bottle tops, kebab sticks, straws, cardboard, sticky tape, scissors and a balloon. They then had a race to see which teams car could travel the fastest and furthest. The kids were amazed at how smooth the floor was.

They then had a prize giving where all the students received science books.

Finally they had lunch before returning to the Choice Center, as very happy kids.

We feel the kids had a wonderful trip of discovery and were inspired by what they experienced. We hope to bring more kids here and use it to help encourage the kids to work harder and the top performers get a chance to visit Kids City as a reward for their hard work.

Many thanks to Sokphaos who made this special and beneficial trip possible.

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Chan Sreymom

Introduction – 11th September 2017

Chan Sreymom is a kindergarten  student. She was born in 2012 and she has one older brother and one older sister. Her mom is a housewife and her father is a truck driver. She lives in the last village (No Truck). She really enjoys coming to school by the Choice Water Truck. Sreymom is the most polite and quiet kid in kinder and now she is learning to pronounce and write the English Alphabet.

Neil recently came first in a Cambodian marathon and he put the prize money towards sponsoring Sreymon. He has also used previous marathon prize and sponsor money towards sponsoring another child at Choice.

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  • Neil brought some school materials for Sreymom on the day he visited Choice in September 2017.

  • Sreymom is in grade 1 and she just got a new set of school uniform.

  • Sreymom got new notebooks for grade 1 at government school in 6th November,2017.

Sreymom is spending her half day learning English at the Choice Center and a half day more learning Khmer at the government school.

Park Ratana

Introduction – 1st September 2017

Park Ratana is sponsored by John Michael from USA at US$50 per month:

Ratana is a 5-year-old boy born in 2012 and lives in Angela village with his grandma who is not his real grandma. He has no known parents and Choice provided milk to his grandma when he was a baby until he was 3 years old.

He enjoys coming to school on the water truck to study at the Choice Center. He has been attending Choice kindergarten for almost a year now. He has been learning to read, write and pronounce the English alphabet. He likes to play marbles and dice games.

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  • Photo taken 12th January 2017, Ratana with Srey Pich and Lily.

  • Photo of baby Ratana with grandma in 2012.

  • Ratana with his new school year uniform, October 2017


  • John meets Ratana and helps him to learn how to write letters, 17th November 2017

When his sponsor John came to visit Cambodia for the first time, he bought a cheap second hand bicycle for $35 from St 107, near St 182 where many bicycle shops are located. This proved to be a convenient and fun way for him to explore Phnom Penh and avoid the costs and hassles of using motos and tuk tuks all the time. Then when he left, he donated the bike to Choice to be given to one of the kids.

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Long Sreynee

Introduction – 31st August 2017

Sreynee is sponsored by Nicole Flanagan from Australia . Nicole pays AU$100/Month. The sponsorship is for only US$50/month but she is happy for Choice to put the rest of the money towards general school expenses.

Sreynee is a 4 year old girl in kinder. Her father is a fisherman and her step mother is a housewife. She lives with her father, step mother and two siblings in our last village (No Truck) since she was about 2 years old, after her mother passed away. She has one brother and one sister and she is the youngest one in her family. The three siblings enjoy coming to school on the water truck to study at the Choice Center.


Picture was taken in 25th July 2017.


Nicole Flanagan is from Sydney, Australia. She had a short holiday in Cambodia and she came to visit Choice in August 2017 .


Sreynee just got a set of uniform in October 2017.

BEE HIVES

Sarith Laeng receiving his bees.

For a few months now James Dumar has been training two of our Villagers at our Center, both CHOICE staff, and keen to learn the art of Beekeeping. CHOICE has given them an interest free loan to purchase a hive each, repayments will be taken from their salary. They can choose to either extract honey to sell or double their number of hives, say each 3 months. We hope with enough training LaoHeng will become the assistant teacher and manager of our Bee Co-Op in the future. On the bottom is Sokheng with Vanny and on the top is LaoHeng receiving their hives fro Ross.
Further Introduction to Beekeeping training courses will be conducted by James at the CHOICE Center, with transport from Longlin House in Phnom Penh, for more information and  bookings contact:  jamesdumar@yahoo.com.au

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FANTASTIC NEWS

CHOICE finally has a place to call home. After many years searching, we have finally purchased suitable land. Bigger than our current Center area, its approximately 28m x 137m. located nearby and on the Bassac river, and at a bargain price. The purchase on 31st May 2017 was made possible by CHOICE Family Germany, we thank Michael Wieland for obtaining a non-interest loan for our NGO, repayable in 5 years. Maybe a struggle at first for repayments but in the long term a savings of around US$7,000 pa. in rent. As CHOICE has no money to develop the land I personally pledged to donate US$10,000 as a start towards amenities. Then Don Rosenfeldt gave US$14, 686 (AUD$20,000) and other groups and friends have made promises for financial support towards the development, absolutely amazing. All these and other large financial supporters will be acknowledged on site with written sign-age.
We have plans to divide the land into 3 separate areas, the biggest area at the road end will be the school. This will be developed in stages over the next 4+ years. The first stage being the relocation of the Kindergarten and building the necessary amenities, hopefully completed this year 2017.
The second area in the middle will be for Khmer training and accommodation for those Khmers whilst in training. We have acquired the services of a training instructor, James Dumar. James is living at the CHOICE Center and is Co-ordinating the Bee-keeping program free of charge to our Khmer people, further courses will be introduced as the new facility develops. Development in this area is to start this year.
The third area will be mainly for Western accommodation. We intend to lease this area to a supporter of CHOICE Don Rosenfeldt, he will build a Guest House overlooking the river. Don will donate all profits from this to CHOICE. We will be able to offer accommodation to volunteers, visitors and regulars that are sick of travelling out daily on the minibus. To prevent visitors from wandering into the School area a security fence will be erected between area 2 and 3. This will also keep the children away from the river. There are future plans to run a boat from Phnom Penh to the new center and return. We have also acquired the services of the Gordon TAFE Geelong, they will send a team of tradesman each year to help train, build and landscape the Center.
We thank you all, groups and friends for pitching in. Honorary Secretary Ross Wright.

Donating our Dental Equipment

Being advised to Register and License our Dental Clinic by the Ministry we decided it far better to donate the Dental Chair and associated instruments to “One-2-One” a Cambodian Dental Charity. A properly licensed Khmer NGO that provide Dental care to children through out Cambodia. They have agreed to provide free treatment on two five day visits to our school each year. We are very pleased with this arrangement and thank all those involved in helping to put this together. I also thank Giuseppe and Dr. Jon Paul the original donor from Malaysia, they would be happy to see the chair still being used to help Khmer children.

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Honey for Money – beekeeping

Bees are on the brink of extinction in Cambodia mostly due to land clearance and the destructive methods used by locals to rob the honey from native hives. An agreement has been made between CHOICE Cambodia and James Dumar who among many things is a Beekeeper. James will teach the art of beekeeping to Cambodians at the CHOICE Center. The first one day course is free for Khmer and will be held on Saturday the 1st April at the CHOICE Center. “Introduction to Beekeeping”. Transport will be provided at 8.30am sharp from Longlin House #159 in Street 19 Phnom Penh. Interested parties including other NGO’s need book with James Dumar via jamesdumar@yahoo.com.au.

Soon James will commence an in depth three day Beekeeping courses at the CHOICE Center. CHOICE selected Khmers will receive free training, others will be paying for the course and perhaps being sponsored by various NGO’s. This course can be for individuals or families and comes complete with a working kit including the Bees. It will be fully hands on and we already have 5 live hives set up at the rear of the CHOICE Center. Other training courses will also be offered later this year.

CHOICE is providing the facility for James to conduct his small business, in return James is providing training and giving other assistance to help CHOICE activities. After receiving the free Bee training courses our Khmer will need kitting out, we will need donors for this so interested persons please contact us at choicecambodia@live.com

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Our 5th Anniversary

16111614_1341296445942828_1603664442_nLast week saw the the 5th anniversary for the Choice Centre, during which time hundreds of local children from extremely poor families have learnt to read, write and speak English. There has also been Scholarships/Apprenticeships awarded, computer training, art and craft classes, hairdressing, sewing and gardening. To celebrate, Choice organised an extra special lunch for the children. Normally on weekdays CHOICE provide a simple lunch meal for 150 or more children, typically a meat and vegetable soup together with rice. For the anniversary, $200 was spent and that allowed for a special curry with rice and baguette bread as well as a canned drink for each child attending. Steve Murray of Georgia’s children paid half towards it, as GCW are also celebrating 5 years of association with CHOICE. The bakery Tous les Jours also kindly contributed additional breads and donuts like they have previously done. So it proved to be a very popular lunch. Ross and Vanny gave a speech to the children, reminding them what Choice does and how things operate, as well as to explain some of the major changes taking place in the early part of 2017. Most notably the loss of 3 classrooms in an adjacent property that Choice can no longer rent. 3 new replacement classrooms are soon to be built in the main Choice grounds. A container is being planned to provide temporary storage and then to be converted into a classroom. Steve Murray of Georgia’s Children, is kindly paying for the container.

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Sambo Mathay

Sambo Mathay is sponsored by Caiden Rosenfeldt from Sydney, Australia at US$50 per month.

Mathay was born on the 24/10/15  he lives in the first Village with his parents and 2 brothers.  Being a very poor family they squat on the Government roadside in a little 3mx3m tin hut. Education for the children is the best way for the family to get out of their situation. Like his brothers Mathay will attend the CHOICE and Government school to get a good education. Mathay is sponsored by Caiden Rosenfeldt from Sydney since the 23/12/16 at US$50pm.

 

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Art Viroth

Art Viroth is sponsored by Maison  Rosenfeldt from Sydney, Australia at US$50 per month..

Viroth was born on the 1/09/2016, he has one sister and she attends the CHOICE School. The father is a farm worker, they have no land so the father only gets work occasionally. The mother does not work now because she minds Viroth so the family would be lucky if they earn US$100 per month. They live in a little hut in the last Squatter Village.

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A Tidy Up

Many thanks Jenny, a great painting job and all done in a day with a little help from the staff. Vanny and staff added their artistic display with potted plants in used Formula milk cans. Jenny is pictured with Lyda our PC teacher, and our staff busy potting. We try to make the school look nice and do the best we can on our limited budget.14937995_1219683451437462_1489897105_n14964195_1327673610577410_195389858_o14924099_1219683101437497_645846356_o14954531_1327673707244067_728540549_o

Opening Day Ceremony

The local Government Primary School had its open day on the 1/11/2016. The morning commenced at 7am and as Vanny is not at the center that early and I am living in the province now, I represented CHOICE to receive an appreciation Certificate. For those that can read Khmer the certificate names items donated in the past Toilet Block, Garden setting, Printer, Computer. Again these items were made possible through you our donors, many thanks. Some 600 primary students attended, each received donations of exercise books, pens, pencils and 1000r (25c) in cash. Donors were a Khmer/American family, CHOICE and others. Nice to see the toilet block donated by “The Nuggets” Narrabeen Australia and the outdoor setting from Michael Wieland Germany are still in very good condition. CHOICE has a good working relationship with the local school. The Government schools provide free education and about 100 of our children attend this school.

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THE 2016-7 SCHOOL YEAR COMMENCES

The new CHOICE School year is well underway now, commencing on 3rd October. We have lost about 20 students that have graduated to the local High School. With our new enrollments our School numbers have increased this year to a total of 230 enrolled, now we are turning other children away. Our biggest classes are Kindergarten now 75 children. We have split them into two groups this year. That means another Kinder teacher has to be employed, another classroom and more mouths to provide lunch for. Sokheng our ex student from the first Village has been selected as the new teacher, she is studying at University weekends and with us Monday to Friday. Pictured below are the children some in the old classroom and some in the new kinder room we call “Northbridge House” This is because the room is completely fitted out with donated items from Northbridge School in Phnom Penh. The problem now is with so many children in classes side by side its too noisy for lessons to be heard. We need other classrooms, we cleared an area in August for an additional large classroom being offered as a donation, but that all fell through. So its the same old problems of not enough money to address all of these issues, and no long term western Teachers to help. Vanny has to spend a lot of her time teaching when we need her as Principle and Manager. Any offers of help would be really appreciated.

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SOY MILK PROGRAM

We wish to thank Mrs. Susanne Floesser from Germany for kindly donating US$600 for the Soy Milk Program. This will be distributed among all of our 250 students on a weekly basis. If your interested in donating to this programs sustainability, or increasing frequency of distribution, then kindly contact us on our website.

Art Class

Famous characters were the subject of Joy’s latest weekly art class. Superman and Hello Kitty were very popular. Collage and capes were created. Cambodia is full off super heroes and heroines now.

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Thorn Sokmee

Thorn Sokmee is a girl aged 8, living in Angela village. Her parents earn a meager income by taking care of other people’s ducks. She has three brothers. In her free time Sokmee enjoys reading stories. She is also interested in football. In the future, she wants to become a teacher.

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Somvan Chanarith

Somvan Chanarith is a boy aged 10, living in No Truck village. When work is available his father does construction work while his mother can do factory work. He has one brother and one sister. In his spare time he likes to watch TV and play football. He has a dream of becoming a Policeman.

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Sat Somatey

Sat Somatey is a girl aged 9, living in Cancer man village with her parents and four brothers. Her father is a provincial tuk tuk driver while her mother sells coffee. Somatey helps with her families small income by selling fruit, something she enjoys doing. Her other interests include running, drawing and colouring. When she is older she hopes to be a flight attendant.

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Thy Srey Pich

Introduction – 21st July 2016

Thy Srey Pich is sponsored by Gerardo from Spain for US$50 per month.

Srey Pich is 4 years old and lives with her Grandmother in the first Village. Her father gets work sometimes as a laborour and her mother works in a factory occasionally.

She is the youngest child in the family and has one brother. She has no idea of her birth date and many other things. She loves coloring and enjoys her other school work and is learning the English alphabet. She also loves the food we give out for lunch, she is very small for her age and we suspect she has been malnourished in the past.

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Photo taken 12th January 2017, from left Ratana, Srey Pich and Lily.


Srey Pich just got a new set of school uniform in October 2017.

I WANT TO BE A DOCTOR WHEN I GROW UP.

Lily        Please help our children

Our Mission:
CHOICE Cambodia is a non-religious, non-profit organization, formed in 2006 registered in 2008 to improve the well being of extremely poor Cambodian families. Our aim is and always has been, to keep children together with their families.
Who we help:
Many Khmer claim to be poor, we only select the genuine poor. To do this we screen individuals or families before support is given, with many years of experience and having Khmer’s on our Committee we know what to look for. Most of our beneficiaries are families that own no land or proper housing, most have poverty cards and are squatters on Government land. We estimate we support over 1000 people and of these about 500 are children.
CHOICE target 3 areas:
1. Education:
We operate a rural school for over 200 children mainly teaching English, Maths, Computer and Craft work. We supply them with uniforms, backpacks, books etc, transport. Our 35+ kindergarten children are aged from 3yo, our primary and secondary students to about 18yo. Our more advanced students that want Apprenticeships or University degrees are financed and accommodated in Phnom Penh through our “Project 365”. Children attending our school receive a free lunch with fruit as most are at school in the morning and afternoon they cannot go home for lunch. Primary students attend Government school for half the day and are with CHOICE for the other half day.
2. Medical:
Villagers come to us for help with sick babies children and adults. We help by providing transport to the right Hospital or Clinic and paying for their medicine and food if they are Hospitalized. We choose Hospitals that provide free treatment/operations for our children and most of our adults, occasionally we have to pay for the treatment/operation. We have helped with cases of leprosy, amputations, hepatitis, tuberculosis, many heart conditions and one with a hole in the heart, burns, appendicitis, tumors, pregnancies and births, physios, dental, many optical procedures and much more. We have also supplied Villagers with a few wheelchairs, artificial limbs and crutches and we make a financial contribution for the funeral of any deceased villager.
3. Family Assistance:
Our main support is delivering “Safe Drinking Water” on a regular basis to all our Villagers as the few tube wells are contaminated with Arsenic, drinking this eventually leads to death. Clothing, footwear, mosquito nets, eye glasses and more, are frequently distributed to all the families. We provide for disaster relief as was the case in 2011 when we distributed charcoal, rice and tarpaulins due to flooding. We provide extra care such as rice to the families and individuals that really struggle, sometimes its the elderly or families due to the loss of a parent. In some cases we supply formula milk and when asked, assist with contraception for women. We train and employ Villagers at times, 2 ex students are teachers, 2 are drivers and one is a cleaner.
What does all this cost:
We receive and spend around US$65,000 each year plus donations of many other items such as PC’s, playground equipment, desks, clothing, mosquito nets etc and even a new kitchen. Having almost no administration costs we provide an amazing amount of support for each dollar raised. Nearly all donation money goes directly to the projects, all western support is given freely. Transparency and honesty is paramount so donations are shown on our website.
Our Future needs:
As our students advance towards year 12 the numbers requiring Apprenticeships and Scholarships is growing rapidly. Currently Apprenticeships or Scholarships cost about US$2,000 per student per year depending on the course selection. This is for fees, food, accommodation and providing a house supervisor. If possible we ask them to contribute whatever they can, but most are too poor. These numbers will increase, at 30 students per year, it would use nearly all of our current annual income, and numbers will go higher than that. Do we tell our students “sorry we can’t help you any more, go back to the village, marry, find another plot of land to squat on, and continue the cycle of poverty. ”
To avoid this we need more money and your help to attract corporate financial support, a well known patron, net-workers & marketers to promote CHOICE, people with contacts. We cannot ask for more money from our current network of much appreciated friends and donors.
Please forward or add this article in your newsletter or emails. If you need more information, or think you can help then please contact the CHOICE Honorary Secretary, Ross Wright, thank you.
Email: choicecambodia@live.com

 

Rice Donation

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Pictured from left are Mrs. Ruby Wang, Mr. Albert Wu, Ms. Cynthia You (Star Time International Trading Ltd) all from Taiwan. They are donating 8 bags of rice per month from the 1st July 2016 for one year to the Choice Center. Next in line is Angela Tan and Ross Wright. The rice donation is much appreciated, many thanks to this group.

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CHARITY ICE HOCKEY GAME IN CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND APRIL 2016

On April 30th , 2016 Angelique Mawson an avid ice hockey player and coach from New Zealand co-ordinated a fund-raising Charity Game for the benefit of the CHOICE Cambodia non-profit Charity.

Over 40 players jumped at the chance to be a part of this very good cause and get out on the ice in support of this charity.  Many spectators also came to watch. The team uniforms were chosen specifically as Cambodian colours Blue and Red and the teams were made up of players from the local Christchurch region adults of all ages and levels.  The players had a great time and were full of smiles enjoying their sport whilst raising money for a very worth cause.

$USD500 was raised in New Zealand and Angelique visited us in June 2016 at the CHOICE centre to present the money which will go towards school uniforms for the students.  Angelique plans to run this event on an annual basis with the proceeds coming to CHOICE Cambodia.13062147_10153911422362107_1607482367050268216_n 13062414_10153911421482107_8337959719118075908_n 13076846_10153911422302107_221444085036024753_n 13082728_10153911422487107_8916371694088076068_n 13083260_10153911421477107_6802927556713345142_n 13094202_10153911414782107_4995556145061306948_n 13095817_10153911422442107_3848120008542224591_n 13096241_10153911423787107_5850381705421563670_n 13102730_10153911407537107_1409997437101459022_n 13102867_10153911397612107_6358928065734077652_n 13103443_10153911422072107_5856305478987340660_n 13103446_10153911422147107_5136011960993905089_n 13103480_10153911486722107_4920362419361551555_n 13118835_10153911412967107_3589418644502847509_n 13119000_10153911417607107_311913557382611790_n 13133116_10153911422727107_1891479769608433260_n 13133223_10153911423772107_8982948183924615036_n 13139342_10153911481347107_8741111206480081158_n

Thorn Sreyneth

Introduction – 23rd May 2016

Thorn Sreyneth is sponsored by Rob from England for US$50 per month.

Sreyneth, is nine years of age, born in  April 2007. She is the eldest of four siblings. Her parents both toil as low paid construction workers. In the evenings, her grandmother is tasked with preparing food for the whole family.

Every week day, Sreyneth makes the trip to the Choice centre in the Choice water truck. She studies in grade 2 at government school.

Much of her free time is spent washing clothes for her family members. Despite her devotion to helping at home, she still finds time for running, reading and drawing.

A girl who has deep respect for her teachers, Sreyneth’s aspiration is to follow in their footsteps. She may indeed be a Choice English teacher in years to come.

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Update – 11th August 2017

Sreyneth is a happy and quiet girl but she becomes more confident and talkative now. Her grandparents brought her to live in other province and she missed the class about a week. Luckily her grandparents decided to come back to the village and let her come back to class. Finally, she still managed to pass her English exam.

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Photo was taken in early August 2017


Sreyneth receives a new school uniform in October 2017

Update – 15th October 2017

Sreyneth has passed her Phonics and English exams in Grade 3 and she moved to Group C. She continues to learn more advanced English and Phonics and now also starts to learn computing. She is so excited with her computer class. She is currently learning to use a Qwerty keyboard and remembering its layout and is improving day by day.


Sreyneth is ready for her government school, she receives 8 notebooks for grade 4.

Sreyneth is doing really good at government school.She passed grade 3 and moved to grade 4 this year.

Phonics Training for CHOICE Staff

Many thanks to specialized teacher Amy Lyall and Adam Parker from England, both have volunteered their services to CHOICE for a month. Pictured below is Amy giving Phonics training to our Khmer staff, Dara is in attendance as well. The Khmer staff have given their time to CHOICE as today, Friday 20th May is a Public Holiday.

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Lily Pheab

Introduction – 8th May 2016

Lily Pheab is a charming little girl aged 4, she wins every ones heart. She was originally sponsored by Richard Jones from Wales at US$50 per month. He started on 1/08/2014 and finished in March 2016. Lory and Max from Italy have taken over this sponsorship from April 2016.

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  • Photo taken 12th January 2017, from left Ratana, Srey Pich and Lily.

  • Lily with her new school year uniform, October 2017.

Lily just passed her English final exam and now she is in grade 1.

Rom Reaksmey

Introduction – 10th October 2016

Rom Reaksmey was sponsored by Tally Edwards (Koren) from England at US$50 per month until the end of March 2016.

Neil Burns has now taken on the sponsorship of Reaksmey from the beginning of July 2016.

Reaksmey is one of the poorer students from our Cancer Man village. She is 12 years old. In her free time, she likes reading books and drawing. Her favorite sport is running. Her favorite subject is English. She always comes to Choice on the water truck. Her parents are casual construction workers. She has two sisters and one little brother. She is in grade 4 at the government school and is in grade 1 at our Centre. She really loves studying at Choice and she wants to be an English teacher at Choice in the future.

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This is Reaksmey in her new school uniform that was made at the Choice centre and given to her in early May 2016.

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This week the Choice students from the poor villages received a school uniform set each. This twice-yearly event is much appreciated by the students as the photo below shows.

The uniforms were made last year at the Choice centre, by the sewing ladies in the sewing room, before it was converted into a library.

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CHOICE School Students Celebrate Khmer New Year 2016

Choice students turned up in big numbers to attend the end of Khmer year party. The day began with a blessing from monks who came to the Centre. Customary eating games and musical chairs were hotly contested, as was last year’s favourite – blindfold vase breaking. New games Splat the rat and duck fishing were among other highlights. A delicious curry and bread lunch was served giving the kids the energy needed for the afternoon dance session. A big thank you to all who helped make this happen today.

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News story, video and photos by Dara

Special thanks to Joy for paying for all the soft drinks

Truck tire plant pots

The tires of the Choice truck have recently been changed and the old ones have not been wasted. Volunteers have transformed them into heavy duty flower pots. These flower pots will help the plants inside them survive the wet season flooding. They are being planted with plants such as aloe vera that are suitable for the local environment.

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Update August 2016:  Tire plant pots and plants are surviving the wet season flooding very well. Dara is keeping an eye on them too.

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Bicycle mechanics workshop 2

Terry from Wheelies Bikes in the UK, visited the Choice center last year and kindly shared his extensive knowledge of bike mechanics with boys Sok Long and Sing Lee.

This year he is back again (4th March 2016) and has kindly done another workshop, this time with boys Mengly (in red top), Kimsour and Narin.

There are quite a lot of bicycles at Choice these days, as many bicycles have been donated to the children. Not surprisingly some are now in need of a bit of TLC (tender loving care). Four bikes in need of repairs were used by Terry to teach repair and maintenance skills with the 3 boys.

Well done again Terry. We hope to see you again next year for workshop number 3 🙂

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New Apprenticeship

Choice Cambodia's photo.
Choice Cambodia's photo.

Friday 19th February was the beginning of a new life for Siengley Din from the middle Village. He begins an apprenticeship as a Sewing Machine Mechanic in Phnom Penh. The business sells and repairs sewing machines. Siengley is sponsored through CHOICE by Lory and Max from Italy February 2016.  We hope he succeeds, he is a gentle boy with a charming nature and well deserves this opportunity.

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