A new School for Jasmine Village.

As scheduled we gave out uniforms, back packs, books etc. to our 46 children from the Jasmine Village area on 24th December. On Xmas day we returned, all 46 children had turned up for their first day at school, we could not have had a better day. The children were very happy and keen to begin learning, aged from 6 – 16 they all paid attention to their new Khmer teacher. Most of these children have not been able to attend school before. This long awaited program was made possible for CHOICE after receiving a grant from Greenergy International, England. The grant has covered the costs of kitting out the children and classroom, and will cover the running costs of the school for the next 3-4 years, many thanks to the Greenergy International staff.

DSCN2199   Waiting for Uniforms and Backpacks.   First day, Xmas day.

                        Just Kitted out                           Waiting to be outfitted                 Xmas day 1st day in school.




Pictured are Group 2, Isabel Legro, Gemma Wakefield, Miranda Sordella, James Graham, Kate Powell, Simon Russell, Nathan Savage, Dom Brown, and Bridget Rollason from Latrobe University on the 8th December, with Chem Sammithi second from the right. Chem is a Khmer neurologist, and offered his time to travel with CHOICE to examine a 4 year old boy that has suffered severe brain damage due to vacination at the age of 2 months. Chem has recomended we arrange brain scans to determine what can be done for the boy.

After visiting Puntheary’s house and meeting orphan baby Ratana, Group 2 met a newborn baby girl about 12 hours old, her mum is unable to breastfeed and has lost four babies before, all under the age of 4 months old. So later we gave her Formula milk, a baby bottle, dummy and baby clothes. Group 2 also enjoyed handing out clothing to 60 families in the last Village.

Heart Operation for Chhan Chhaun

Chhan Chhaun had his heart operation on Wednesday the 5th and is now back home feeling much stronger. His heart operation was performed through a vein in his leg, Chhan had a hole in his heart which should be fixed now. CHOICE will arrange for Chhan to return to Siem Reap for more tests required on 7th January to ensure its been a satisfactory procedure, for now he feels a lot better and is looking forward to going to our new school in his Village. Once again thanks to International Finance Corperation Staff (IFC) they have financed all medical and travelling costs for Chhan and his mother.


Latrobe University Melbourne Australia are currently visiting Cambodia, as mentioned in earlier posts they have sponsored one of our Village girls into Norton University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Split into two groups, group 1 decided to visit the hut where Punthery lives to meet her family and present Puntheary with a Laptop. Pictured below are members of group 1. They are: Jarryd Allan, Danica Smith, Caitlin Rodaughan, Angelica Simmonds, Catlyn Egan, Nicki Everist, Nic Stephens and Jamon Couch. Thanks to all these students and to Latrobe University.