ToghsTours Siem Reap,Cambodia
Early in 2012 we began our dream of building another VDCA Free School, in the rural area at Anlung Pi Village, 25km from Siem Reap City. Through the generosity of local and international donors, and friends, we completed the school. Our mission is to provide rural children from Anlung Pi, and the nearby rubbish dump, access to a free education. Mid 2012 our school was completed and a grand opening was held attended by donors, friends, staff and the local community. Our school was blessed by Buddhist Monks in keeping with the Cambodian tradition. The opening was enjoyed by all and generated great excitement in the community. Many local families came to the registration and more than 300 children were enrolled in the school. Our school continues to grow and evolve under the direction of our Manager, Mr. Bunhauk. We have 300 children, aged from 5-18, who receive a free education in Khmer, English, Buddhist morality and hygiene. We support children to attend the State School, providing tuition fees, school supplies and bicycles. We also provide free health screening for the children and families, twice a year. Anlung Pi Sewing Program VDCA offers women in the Anlung Pi community an opportunity for a better future through our vocational Sewing Program. We currently have 15 women attending our classes, where they learn sewing skills and create goods for sale in local and international markets. Please see our Facebook Page for current information.
The school offers predominantly English language classes, but also Japanese and Khmer. English is taught with New Headway which covers all the essential skills in English acquisition. On weekdays, 14 to 16 language classes are taught between 2 and 7pm as most student’s study at public schools in the morning. On Saturdays our students take part in moral education from Buddhist Monks from Wat Thmey. The monks teach issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, drug abuse and child trafficking, hygiene and health education, spiritual education as well as chanting and praying. We teach our students to become responsible for their own life and to make decisions for positive change. Also, environmental topics such as pollution, climate change, global warming, environment protection and sustainability are integrated into the curriculum. Every three months we select 35 students for one term of computer studies. In this course they learn about Microsoft Word and Excel and also a little about computer maintenance. This gives our students more knowledge that is essential to getting a good job in the future. If any volunteers have specific strengths in any of these areas, we warmly welcome your support on Saturdays!