Latest News

We generally only post our latest news items on our Facebook page now. Please check it out and feel free to Like our page. We still update this website regularly to add latest donations, see Financials. We also regularly update our “Sponsor a Child” pages.

We also have an Instagram page.

Red Classroom

The Red Classroom was sponsored by George’s Children of the World at US$2000 per year. They have been sponsoring this classroom from 2019. We are looking for a new sponsor for 2021 and the sign will be updated.

The Red Classroom is the first classroom of the main school building at Choice, adjacent to the Kindergarten. A years sponsorship is to help cover some of the running costs for the classroom, stationary, utilities, room furnishings and part of the Teachers salary and her training fees. Several of our Teachers are undertaking Teaching Degrees at weekends in Phnom Penh, funded by CHOICE. The teacher in Red classroom is Lyda.

Purple Classroom

The Purple Classroom was sponsored by Mike Lyons of DSI in England at US$2000 per year. They sponsored this classroom for 2019 and 2020. This classroom is our computer classroom and the teacher is Lyda. We are looking for a sponsor for this classroom for 2021.
The Purple Classroom is the 8th and last classroom of the main school building at Choice, located after the Pink Classroom. A years sponsorship is to help cover some of the running costs for the classroom, stationary, utilities, room furnishings and part of the Teachers salary and her training fees. Several of our Teachers are undertaking Teaching Degrees at weekends in Phnom Penh, funded by CHOICE.

Pink Classroom

The Pink Classroom was sponsored by Rotary Club of Euroa at US$2000 per year. They sponsored this classroom for 2019-2020. We are looking for a new sponsor for this classroom in 2021. This room is a utility room it serves as our Library and conference room, we also use it for grading students. One on one exams between Teacher and the student..

The Pink Classroom is the 7th classroom of the main school building at Choice, located after the Blue Classroom and before the Purple Classroom. A years sponsorship is to help cover some of the running costs for the classroom, stationary, utilities, room furnishings and part of the Teachers salary and her training fees. Several of our Teachers are undertaking Teaching Degrees at weekends in Phnom Penh, funded by CHOICE.

Blue Classroom

The Blue Classroom was sponsored by Rotary Club of Claremont at US$2000 per year for 2019-2020. The teacher for this classroom is Srey Nak. The Blue room is now sponsored by Narrabeen Community for 2021. The driving force behind this group is Leanne Balkin, she first came to Cambodia to volunteer with Choice in 2011 and has been back and forth filling a passport with stamps, helping with fundraising and volunteering on many projects. The major sponsor for Narrabeen Community is largely from Krusty’s Bakery owned by Joe who opens on Christmas day to serve coffee for donations only, with half of the money going to Choice. Narrabeen Community have been helping support Choice for many years with raffles fundraisers, Bunning’s BBQ, play ground, baby wear and many more. (a new sign will be added soon)

The Blue Classroom is the 6th classroom of the main school building at Choice, located after the Green Classroom. A years sponsorship is to help cover some of the running costs for the classroom, stationary, utilities, room furnishings and part of the Teachers salary and her training fees. Several of our Teachers are undertaking Teaching Degrees at weekends in Phnom Penh, funded by CHOICE.

Kindergarten

The Kindergarten is sponsored by George’s Children of the World at US$2000 per year. They have been sponsoring this classroom from 2019 and onwards. The teacher is Srey Tak Kim.

The Kindergarten is located between the main entrance wall and the main school building at Choice. A years sponsorship is to help cover some of the running costs for the classroom, stationary, utilities, room furnishings and part of the Teachers salary and her training fees. Several of our Teachers are undertaking Teaching Degrees at weekends in Phnom Penh, funded by CHOICE.

Yellow Classroom

The Yellow Classroom was sponsored by Michelle Crew for 2019/20. Now it is sponsored by John Michael at US$2000 per year. He is sponsoring this classroom from 2021. The sign will be updated.

The teacher for this classroom is Kunthea, yellow Classroom is the 3rd classroom of the main school building at Choice, located after the Orange Classroom and before the Citrus Classroon. A years sponsorship is to help cover some of the running costs for the classroom, stationary, utilities, room furnishings and part of the Teachers salary and her training fees. Several of our Teachers are undertaking Teaching Degrees at weekends in Phnom Penh, funded by CHOICE.

Orange Classroom

The Orange Classroom is sponsored by Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell at US$2000 per year. They are sponsoring this classroom from 2019 through 2021 though the sign needs to be updated.

The Orange Classroom is the 2nd classroom of the main school building at Choice, located after the Red Classroom. A years sponsorship is to help cover some of the running costs for the classroom, stationary, utilities, room furnishings and part of the Teachers salary and her training fees. Several of our Teachers are undertaking Teaching Degrees at weekends in Phnom Penh, funded by CHOICE.

Citrus Classroom

The Citrus Classroom is sponsored by John and Ali Barne from Oxford, U.K. at US$2000 per year. They have sponsored this classroom from the beginning in 2019, 2020 and 2021. (Sign will be updated)

The Citrus Classroom, sometimes referred to as the lime room is the 4th classroom of the main school building at Choice, located after the Red, Orange and Yellow classrooms. So it is one of the two most central classrooms together with the Green classroom.

The current teacher for this classroom is Srey Mo. She lives close to Choice School. She joined Choice in 2018. She started as a kindergarten teacher and was promoted to grade 1 teacher in early 2020. She loves working with young students. CHOICE pays for a Teacher Training course for Mo, so she can gain a degree in Teaching. She does this at weekends in Phnom Penh. Ali Barne is a fully qualified teacher in the U.K. and she has given Mo some additional training in the Citrus Classroom during February 2020.

Yeng Somnang

Introduction – 23rd November 2020

Yeng Somnang is sponsored by Jonno Smalley from Leicestershire, England at US$50 per month. Jonno is a friend of Neil Burns who sponsors Chea Kanha.

Somnang is a 7-year-old boy born in 2013 and lives in No Truck village with his parents. His father is a fishermen and his mother is a factory worker. He studies in grade 1 at Government school and Choice school. Somnang likes to play football in his free time and he wants to be a teacher when he grows up.

Somnang near his home. November 2020

Somnang in grade 1 English class. November 2020
Somnang is reading to his class. November 2020

Somnang with his best friend – November 2020

Somnang is learning the English alphabet both upper and lower case. He had learnt up to letter Hh when the school had to close again for 2 weeks due to a new covid outbreak. He will learn letter Ii when school reopens again.


See our full list of Amazing Sponsors.

Find out more about our Sponsor a Child for program.

Maybe you would like to sponsor a child? If so find out here How to Apply.

Math Dara

Introduction – 4th August 2020

Math Dara is sponsored by Nathan McQuay from Phnom Penh at US$50 per month:

Dara is a 10-year-old boy, born in 2010 and lives in No Truck village with his mother and his older sister, who also studies at our school at the Choice Center. His father is a fisherman in Thailand. He has been away from Dara and his family for more than 2 years. His mother has no job.

Dara is a grade 2 student at our charity run school and grade 3 at Government school. He spends half a day at each school. He enjoys coming to both schools on the water truck. He has been attending our Choice school for almost 3 years now. Dara is able to read short children’s story books in both Khmer and English in our library. Dara likes to play football in the school grounds with his friends during break times.

Dara wants to be a pilot when he grows up.

Dara in his new classroom – 20th January, 2020
Dara at home with his cat – August 2020
Dara helping his mother prepare food – August 2020

Phea Jeak

Introduction – 1st September 2019
Phea Jeak is sponsored by Kong Ly from America at US$50 per month.
Jeak is a 5-year-old boy born in 2014 and lives in Angela village with his parents. His father is a construction worker and his mom is a housewife. He enjoys coming to school on the water truck to study at the Choice Center. He has been attending Choice kindergarten for 3 months now. He has been learning to read, write and pronounce the English alphabet. He likes to play football, Frisbee and marbles. He has one younger brother and he is too young to know what he wants to be when he grows up.

Kong Ly from America
Jeak is very happy to get a new school bag – 28th November, 2019
Jeak learns to write the English alphabet, both upper case and lower case Jj – 29th August, 2019

The truck broke down so everyone need to go home by the trailer – 30th August , 2019

Thorn Chen

Introduction – 25th June, 2019

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

Chen was born in 2010. He has one sibling, an older sister who also studies at Choice called Neth. They both live with their grandparents in “No Truck village”. Their mother left them when he was 6 months old and never comes back to see them. Their father came to visit them over 2 years ago and not been back to see them since. Chen is in grade 2 now both at Choice school and government school. He really enjoys coming to school on the Choice water truck.

His favorite subject is Maths and he enjoys drawing. He wants to be an architect when he grows up.

Chen was in grade 1 – 7th June, 2019
Chen has received a new complete set of school uniform 11th July, 2019
Chen likes to play with ball. He just passed his phonics test ( 87%) – 19th July, 2019
Chen near his home. Keeping safe from covid. December 2020

Boeun Kolap

Introduction – 14th February, 2019

Kolap is sponsored by the Matthews Family from Queensland, Australia. Began from 14th February, 2019 at US$50 per month.

Kolap (her first name) born on 8th July, 2007. She lives in No Truck village with her mom who is looking after 5 children alone (her dad suffered a major head injury in traffic accident 10 years ago, he can no longer remember anyone’s name is his family. Kolap has 4 older brothers. She enjoys coming to school by the Choice water truck to study at the Choice Center and the government school.

Kolap is currently in Group B and she was the top student among 35 kids in her class last year in Group C. She wants to be a doctor in the future.

In Group C she started computer class. First she learns about Microsoft Word and then learns to type on a Qwerty keyboard. She learns to type in English without looking at the keyboard and is also learning how to type Khmer language by using the same English keyboard. She has to memorise which English letter represents each Khmer letter. A challenging skill to learn but very useful. There are a lot more letters in Khmer than English, 33 consonants and 26 vowels, so she has to learn a lot of multiple key combinations!

In Group B computer class she learns more advanced Microsoft Word and also learns new applications Photoshop and PhotoScape, which is a fun and easy photo editing software used to fix and enhance photos.


Matthews Family – February 2019


Alana Matthews  and Kolap at Choice Cambodia – January 2019. Alana visited Choice as a trainee teacher from her University as part of an exchange program.


Kolap and friends had a swimming lesson -15th December 2018


Kolap has received a pack of colored pencil as a reward (She got the best attendant record for her class in the previous month)- 13th February 2019


Kolap is doing really well in Computer Class. She knows how to type both in Khmer and English using Microsoft Word. She is now learning how to use Photoshop – 15th February 2019

Kolap has enjoyed her trip to Safari Phnom Penh – 25th May, 2019

Kolap has received a new set of school uniform – 11th July, 2019

Update – 7th March, 2020

Kolap is now a student in grade A, our top level before going to government school full time when starting grade 7. She is a good and hard working student. She really likes to study all the subjects that her teachers teach. Kolap always goes to school every school day. Though sometimes she been absent when she has been sick. But when she comes back she always borrows her friend’s book to copy all the words and sentences to catch up. She is good at reading and drawing. She can draw pictures with English words without needing to translate from Khmer. This is a good and easy way for her to understand the meaning of words and remember them too. She also likes to eat rice at school between classes.

In her Group A computer class, she is learning to use Microsoft Excel. Her lessons are designed to help improve her English language skills as well as learning some of the technical aspects of creating spreadsheets.

After her Choice cooked lunch, if she has time she likes to visit the Choice library to practice her reading. If a volunteer is available they can assist her reading and help with any words she is not familiar with.

Kolap likes to draw – 6th March 2020
Kolap enjoys her cooked lunch – 6th March 2020

November 2020. Kalap has now reached grade 7 at her government school, which means she now attends there for the whole day. Whenever a Choice student reaches grade 7 they no longer have a half day spare to attend Choice school, so that’s when they leave Choice. Kolap has been a top student at Choice. We wish her well in the future.

We still provide transport support for her to government school and medical care for her and family. If at anytime she wants an apprenticeship we would help her, if she passes year 12 we would like to provide a scholarship to advance her career, this is what we like to be able to do. “KINDER TO CAREER”

We will keep posting further news about her below. Thank you again Alana Matthews and family for sponsoring Kolap and helping to fund the Choice school.

Kolap keeping safe from covid in her village. It’s the cooler dry season now and this year it’s been cooler than usual. December 2020

See our full list of Amazing Sponsors.

Find out more about our Sponsor a Child for program.

Maybe you would like to sponsor a child? If so find out here How to Apply.

Houn Kanha

Introduction – 9th October, 2017

Houn Kanha is sponsored by Don Rosenfeldt from Sydney, Australia  at US$50 per month. Kanha is a girl born in 2008 and lives in No Truck village with her parents. Her father is a fisherman and her mother is a house wife. She has one younger sister. In the future, she wants to be a teacher.


Kanha has received some notebooks – 15th October, 2017


Kanha is very happy with her a new school uniform – 25th October, 2018


Kanha went to Kid City, her first time in a city – 20th September, 2017


Kanha had a swimming class – 3rd March, 2018


Kanha graduated from grade 5 and has moved to grade 6 at government school. She got new set of school uniform and notebooks – 20th October, 2018


Kanha got number 1 in her Phonics Mid-Exam, so she got a new school bag as a prize – 13th December, 2018

Kanha and her 9 friends had an amazing day at Safari Phnom Penh – 25th May, 2019

Kanha has passed her final English and Compter test for her Group B level and has moved to a higher lever (Group A). She was 1 of the top 10 students so she won a prize by having a trip to Phnom Penh Safari – 25th May, 2019

Kanha has received a complete new set of school uniform – 11th July, 2019

New school year starts

First week back and start of a new school year. Many students moving up a grade level. The kids have been very lucky with their lunches. We’ve been kindly donated on two different days this week large amounts of bakery delights from TOUS les JOURS. Enough so every kid got a large piece of something. Thanks so much TLJ. We can highly recommend this ethical company that’s both a delux bakery and coffee shop with many outlets in Phnom Penh.

Swimming at Liger

We would like to say a big thank you to Liger Leadership Academic for giving 9 of our Choice students such an amazing experience at their center. We played educational games, read books in both English and Khmer, sang songs and best of all had swimming lessons in their pool. This was the first time most of the kids have even been in a proper swimming pool. We also had a delicious lunch. Special thanks to Cara and Samnang for making this all possible.








Soeun Sreypao

Introduction – 15th June, 2018

Soeun Sreypao is sponsored by Natasha Lewis and Joe Hostead from England began from 16th June, 2018 at US$50 per month.

Natasha and Joe – 16th June, 2018


Natasha helped to teach kindergarten class – 12th June, 2018

Sreypao is a 6-year-old girl in Kinder (born in 2012) and she lives with her parents in Angela village. She has one younger brother and 3 younger sisters. Her father is a farmer and her mother works in a garment factory. In her free time, she likes to play cooking games with her friends. In the future, she wants to be a doctor.


Photo was taken December 2017


Sreypao in her kinder class – 25th December 2017


Sreypao with her friends (Sreypao, middle back) – December 2017


Sreypao always goes home by Choice water truck – December 2017


Sreypao outside her home in Angela village – 26th December, 2017


Sreypao at the new kindergarten, coloring – 1st February, 2018


Sreypao at the new kindergarten, with her colored fish – 1st February, 2018


Natasha and Joe had a short visit to Sreypao’s family – 16th June, 2018.


Sreypao is learning to write letter Qq – 16th August 2018

Sreypao is showing her friend how to spell ” glove” –  10th December, 2018

Sreypao has revieved a new pair of shoes and some notebooks from Natasha  and Joe  5th April, 2019

Sreypao and her friends are enjoying making letters from plasticine – 26th June, 2019

Art Theara

Introduction – 6th February, 2018

Art Theara is sponsored by Tracey Velthuyzen from Sydney, Australia at US$50 per month.

Theara is an 8 year old girl, born on 17th October 2010 in No Truck village. She most of the time travels to and from Choice school on the Choice water truck and she always has lunch at Choice School before she goes to learn Khmer lessons at government school. Theara passed her final exam (English alphabet, scored 97%) in kinder and she has moved to Grade 1.  In Grade 1 class, she is now learning the sounds of the alphabet and soon she will learn how to read some very basic words, which contain only one vowel.
She likes coloring and drawing in her free time. Theara would like to be an English teacher in the future.


Tracey Velthuyzen and Craig Lovelace


Art Theara – 5th February, 2018


Theara received a new set of school uniform – October, 2017


Theara received new school notebooks – October, 2017


Theara enjoys having lunch with her friends – November, 2017


Theara is doing really good in her class – 5th February, 2018


Theara at her house – 6th February, 2018


Theara  is reading in her classroom – August, 2018


Theara got more school supplies as she graduated from grade 1 and has moved to grade 2 at government school – 16th October, 2018

Theara has received a new school bag and uniform – 7th March, 2019
Theara is enjoy learning in her new classroom – 15th June, 2019

Update November 2020

Theara is now in group C. She is good at writing, reading and drawing. Her writing is nice and clear together with pictures that she draws. She enjoys reading competitions and playing games. She is also a confident and enthusiastic student. When her teacher asks something or reviews a previous lesson, she always puts her hand up to reply. Her voice is smooth and clear. Her listening is good. She is a fairly quiet student who never disturbs her classmates.

Theara is safe with her family during the covid pandemic – November 2020

Houn Sokheng

Introduction – 6th January 2018

Houn Sokheng is sponsored by from Allan and Muriel Falck from Argentina, beginning from 7th January 2018 at US$50 per month.

Sokheng is a 8 year old boy in kindergarten born on 6th February 2010.His dad is a fisher man and his mom is a housewife. Sokheng has one older brother and one younger sister and he likes to fly a kite in his free time with his brother and goes fishing with his dad. He always goes to school and comes back home by Choice water truck In the future he wants to be a pilot.


Sokheng in school uniform in front of his class – 30th December 2017


Sokheng in his class – 30th December 2017


Sokheng catches some fish for his family – 2nd January 2018

Chanthorn Sonita

Introduction – 5th January 2018

Chanthorn Sonita is sponsored by Natalie and Dom Larosa from Sydney, Australia beginning  from 6th January 2018 at US$50 per month.

Sonita is a 10 year old girl in grade 1 born on 15th December 2007. She has 3 younger brothers and lives with her parents and brothers in Angela village. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife. In her free time, Sonita likes reading phonics books and playing with her brothers. In the future, she wants to be an English teacher.


Natalie and Dom Larosa from Sydney, Australia.


Sonita in her school uniform – 3rd January 2018.


Sonita’s turn to read for her classmates – 4th January 2017


Sonita received notebooks for government school – November 2017


Sonita and her dad at home – 5th January 2018.


Sonita’s writing – 6th February, 2018


Sonita in her class – 7th February, 2018


Natalie and Don sent some school supplies to Sonita (Leanne Balkin helped to bring over to Choice)- March,2018.


Soniata introduced herself to her classmates as she has graduated her grade 1 ( scored: 90%) and moved to grade 2 – 23rd April 2018


Sonita practiced a conversation with her friend in class – 1st May, 2018


Sonita is a smart girl. She has passed her final English exam ( scored: 93%) and has moved to next level( Group B) – 17th September, 2018


Sonita is a quick learner, She loves computer class. She is now a typing expert both Khmer and English – 11th January, 2019

 

Thai Kim Mouy

Introduction –  December 2014

Thai Kim Mouy is sponsored by Gerardo Florez from Spain.  Gerardo has been participating with Choice for many years.

Thai Kim Mouy is a 3-year-old girl, born in Angela village on 9th July 2014 (Thai is her family name), she has 3 older sisters and one younger brother. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a housewife. Most of the time, Kim Mouy comes to Choice school on the Choice water truck and she is learning the English alphabet in kinder. Even though Kim Mouy is a bit younger than other kids, she is smart and friendly.


Maegan and Kim Mouy (Looking at Maegan)


Kim Mouy on her first day at Choice school without uniform – September 2017


Kim Mouy received a new set of school uniform – 18th December 2017


Kim Mouy and classmates receive a new notebook, 21st December 2017

Long Devid

Introduction – 19th December, 2017

Devid is sponsored by Clancy and Len from Sydney, Australia began from 20th December, 2017 at US$50 per month.

Long Devid is a 7 year old boy (born in 2010) who lives in No Truck village (Long is his family name). He has one older sister and one younger sister, all of them come to the Choice school by the Choice water truck. His mother passed away about 2 years ago and his father doesn’t take care of them since he has another wife now. The three of them stay in one hut and are looked after by their old grandma. Devid doesn’t have much free time as he studies a half day at Choice school and another half at government school. He always helps to wash the dishes and clothes and he likes to play football in his free time. In the future, he wants to be an English teacher.


Clancy and Len from Sydney, Australia


Devid was hunting for food – July 2017


Devid received a new set of school uniform – 22 September 2017


Devid and his grandma (in front of their hut) – 18 December 2017


Devid learns shape names – 20 December 2017


Devid does Khmer homework at Choice School after lunch – 21 January 2018


Devid is happy to have a new pair of sandals after his old ones broke – 20th August 2018


Devid is learning about parts of the tree today – 4th February 2019.


Devid has received a new pair of shoes – 7th February, 2019.

Devid has received new note books from Clancy – 10th April, 2019

Devid was so happy to get a new set of school uniform – 11th July, 2019

Devid has received a new school bag – 27th August, 2019
The Choice school has reopened after temporary closure due to covid. This is Devid in computer class November 2020.

Devid is learning to type on a Qwerty keyboard. He can type in English without looking at the keyboard and is also learning how to type Khmer language by using the same English keyboard. He has to memorise which English letter represents each Khmer letter. A challenging skill to learn but very useful for him. There are a lot more letters in Khmer than English, 33 consonants and 26 vowels, so he has to learn a lot of multiple key combinations!

Devid is a hard working student in his English language class. He likes singing, colouring and playing educational games. When he learns songs from his teacher, he sings them in class louder than most other students. Even though he is not amongst the top students in his class in reading and writing, he follows music really well. He is really happy when his teacher lets him do colouring or playing games at the end of a lesson.

Devid near his home. Keeping safe from covid. December 2020

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 behaved girl and a quick learner. She has very beautiful hand writing and today she is learning how to write the capital letter Y.

Update – 7th July 2018

After the checked up. Dentist decided to pull out 4 bad milk teeth for Lina. She was very brave and had her teeth done in 15mn.

Updated – 1st August 2018
Lina and her classmates were waiting for their lunches.

Updated – 9th August 2018
Lina got a toothpaste and toothbrush every month. She has no teeth problem anymore.

Updated – 20 th August 2018

Lina is doing really good for her English Alphabet review and she hopes to pass the level test and move to grade 1 next year – 10th October, 2018

Lina has passed her final exam and moved to grade 1 –  3rd January, 2019

Lina near her home. Keeping safe from covid. December 2020
Lina with her grandma

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 going up in an elevator lift, it had glass doors too, which 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.

Kids City Science Gallery promotion video

Chea Kanha

Introduction – 11th September 2017

Chea Kanha is sponsored by Neil Burns from Leicester, England at US$50 per month

Kanha started at Choice in kindergarten. 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. Kanha 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 Kanha. He has also used previous marathon prize and sponsor money towards sponsoring another child at Choice.

  • Photo was taken on 6th August 2017

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

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

  • Kanha got new notebooks for grade 1 at government school in 6th November 2017

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


Kanha has received some school supplies from her sponsor Neil – 8th September, 2018


Kanha has received a new bag from her sponsor Neil – 18th September, 2019

Kanha is very happy to get some new note books – 10th January, 2019

Kanha has enjoy playing with her friends at our new school – 12th June, 2019
Kanha has received a new set of school uniform – 11th July, 2019
Kanha in her village – December 2020
Kanha with her friend
Kanha with her friends at home

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.


Photo taken 1st September 2017


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


John gives Ratana and other kids a new notebook, 21st December 2017


John gives Ratana a jump rope, 21st December 2017


John says goodbye to Ratana as he catches the Choice water truck after lunch to spend the afternoon at government school, 21st December 2017


Ratana at the new kindergarten, having lunch, 1st February 2018


Ratana at the new kindergarten, coloring, 1st February 2018


Ratana at the new kindergarten, with his colored fish – 1st February 2018


Ratana graduated from grade 1 at our choice school and has moved to grade 2 – 17th October, 2018

Ratana has received a new set of school uniform – 11th July, 2019

Ratana at home but ready for school. He is taller now – December 2020

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.

john-bike

The bike now has a new proud and careful owner Houn Sokheng. He had to work hard at Choice school for 6 months before he was allowed to be given a bike. He did so and now loves his bike a lot.

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 new set of uniform in October 2017.


Sreynee had a group photo after drop off by water truck – November 2017


Sreynee finished her English alphabets last week and now she is reviewing by writing them again – 9th February, 2018


Sreynee just got a new set of school uniform and school bag on her graduation day – 30th May, 2018


Sreynee has graduated from kindergarten. She is 1 of 10 students who graduated and has moved to grade 1 this week – 8th June, 2018


Sreynee has  lovely hand writing in grade 1 and she is now learning the sounds of the alphabets – 8th June, 2018

 

Sreynee needs to go to see dentist once every 3 months as she has bad teeth – 2nd July, 2019
Sreynee has received a new school uniform – 11th July, 2019
Sreynee has received a new school bag – 8th August, 2018

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

Choub Sokheng receiving his Bees

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.

Dental Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.05.30 PM

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

Bee Hives

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.

16118178_1341307645941708_1745908975_n

Charity for the extreme poor