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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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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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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.

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

Donation of table & chairs.

Many thanks to Michael Wieland from Germany, Michael has donated the table and chair setting to the local Government Primary School for the delighted children. Pictured are the Headmaster, staff and some of the children, many of these children are CHOICE students as well.20160112_11385020160112_113539

1 more bike donated

John from America recently visited Phnom Penh in Cambodia for the first time. He bought a cheap second hand bicycle for $35 from St 107, near St 182. 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 it to Choice to be given to one of the kids. So that worked out well for both him and Choice.  Thanks John.

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4 more tablets

Rob from UK has donated 4 new Android tablets for use with educational learning apps at the Choice Centre. These tablets have been kindly brought in from America purchased off Amazon for about $50 each. Better quality tablets for the price than can be purchased locally. Thanks to both Brian and John for bringing two each with them on their recent visits to Cambodia from the USA.

If anyone is visiting Cambodia from either UK or USA, then please let us know, as you might be able to bring some stuff out for us.

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Our New Kitchen

Many thanks to the various Rotary Clubs that have helped fund the new Kitchen through the efforts of Don Rosenfeldt. Don sought the help of Pin, Joe, Bob, CHOICE Staff and some mates. The old kitchen did fall over, ( see the first picture ) so timely was the new kitchen. The cost was as expected (around $1,500) with some savings in costs from donations of cupboards and sinks etc.from Northbridge School and the savings with free labor and welding.

Its a spacious Kitchen 7m x 6m fully insulated and designed as to the needs of the Kitchen staff with plenty of ventilation and room for the staff to eat in as well. We can relax a little now knowing that meals can continue, many thanks to all involved.

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150 Million Grains of Rice Donated

4 more bikes donated

These 4 Aussie guys, usually drilling in central Queensland, took a day off from their holiday in Cambodia to visit the kids at the Choice centre. They brought with them 4 bicycles to give away to 4 lucky children. These children were chosen for their good attendance record. They were pretty happy kids! Many many thanks to Damien Lagos, Joshua Myatt, Matty Bressington and Andrew Hynes for your generous gift.

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Donated Bikes

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.

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Donated Laptops From IFC

Many thanks to IFC (International Finance Corporation) Phnom Penh. Once again they are helping CHOICE to support poor Cambodian children. This time they have donated 7 Lenova ThinkPad X201 laptops, all in excellent working condition (plus some accessories) and not very old. The timing could not have been better as several of our anceint laptops have problems beyond repair. Now we have 16 good working laptops for the students and 2 for the Khmer staff. Pictured below are the laptops and some of the students working with them.

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A Donation from Young Chinese Students.

The followiing is a moving story from Nuala McCoy:
Hi, my name is Nuala McCoy and am I PYP Year 5 teacher at Eton House China. I used to live and work in Phnom Penh and have told my students about Cambodia as part of of their studies in their previous unit of inquiry. They investigated the CHOICE website and felt quite moved. My students have spent the last 2 months raising money for Cambodian kids during their breaktimes and lunchtimes. They decided that they could take action and do something to help. The plan was to raise money to donate to Choice in order to help these children. They did this by donating small items of stationary etc for a lucky draw. The other Eton House students bought tickets. The tickets sold for 3 quai each. (about 60 cents) The students raised about 2000 quai (or chinese renmibi) equals about US$300.00.
Many thanks Nuala to you and all your students in China from all of us at CHOICE Cambodia, your donation is extremely valuable to all our children.
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Concert & Bake Sale in USA Supporting CHOICE

Many thanks to West Coast Coaching, they have had their bake sale  in California  raising  more funds for CHOICE.  They were also involved in running a concert with the help of Laurie Bertani. It was a great success and raised around US$700, making a total of US$1710 towards the Village and a Minibus for CHOICE  (see Choice Donations). Currently CHOICE use the small water truck for transportation of Volunteers between Phnom Penh and the Village/Choice Center. The truck needs to be left at the center for 6am transportation of extra children before the 1st October 2012, and a minibus will provide more comfort and protection for Volunteers.

Left supporters of CHOICE pictured below, from USA Ylka van Bemmel Reiss, husband and Lefty, centre the concert promo, right Bav the organizer.