Chalk and Peery’s first day at school.

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Happy First Day of the Month.

Our Schools are trialing an old way of learning to write in the childrens  first year – with  chalk and boards. Chalk boards. Firstly the child can copy shapes with big strokes and secondly the teacher with a large class can see all the chalk boards at a glance from the front but still walk around for all the individual help.

    

 

Peery’s first day at School.

Children don’t usually start school till age 5 or six but there is no set rule and remember that ‘school’ is new and OWNED by our community.

Nang’s daughter Peery is four years and seven months but so eager to go to school.

Look through Peery’s day –  in the line up Peery is the one with her hair in bunches and a hair band.

Many of you now know ‘Nang’s story’ –  (If not or if you are new to the site, you wont regret looking through the section to your left on the website screen named ‘Nangs Story” – In deed this next set of photos is not only here in the Blog but it is today added to ‘Nangs Story’.

The fact is that time and time again Nang should not have survived. Its not only a miracle time and again that Nang is alive and a wonderful mother but Peery too is lucky to be alive.

In the photos you see Peery’s very first morning at school, being cared for by another old friend, Chanthay (brick teddy bear girl in sections re village children).

Then to finish there are the photos of Peery arriving home to show her mum, Nang, her chalkboard – and TOGETHER they will learn because as for all our mothers, there was no school for Nang.

If nothing else, these last few photos of Nang with Peery are VERY rewarding.

 Peery lined up outside on her first day. White head band.

      

And now, at the end of the day, Peery, proud Peery, returns home to Nang with her chalk board. (Remember all this last let of ‘Peery’ photos are now added to ‘Nangs Story’ in the sections to your left.

   

In two weeks time we’ll post photos and a story of things for sale in our villages. John.

 

‘Concentrating’ at school. 33 brand new photos.

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If you look at the two posts below you will find the build up To Anne Reids show which was in Antibes, France on June 6 and 7.

On May 29 the Blog tells us lots about Anne Reid. She is in fact one of England’s most popular actresses. Anne performed for our schools to packed houses on both nights. I am told that the shows were ‘brilliant ‘fantastique’ – we are so very grateful to Anne and to all the wonderful people of the Cote d’Azur in France.

Before Anne’s shows the audiences were shown new photos of our children and schools. No one else has seen these photos.

Here today are the first set. Children concentrating at school.

(next week will be ‘Chalk and Peery’s first day at School’ …)

   For the first time in the history of our website, today we are concentrating entirely on close ups of our children studying in class…. not posing or waving – studying. John.

 

Remember that everything you see in these photos that helps the children learn has come from donations – everything – the building, the teachers salaries, books, pens – even the clothes they are wearing.

  Notes at the front of an Antibes classroom of individual progress.

      The boy concentrating VERY hard is Tian and he wants to be able to get a job ” so I can help my family.” – He is eight years old. NO ONE in his family has ever been to school before.

          

    

We hope you liked our collection of ‘cencentrated study’… On July 3 we’ll post ‘Chalk and Peerys first day at school!’   John.

 

 

 

Bon Chance. Le Weekend. Edited version of a great Rivieira Blog

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Activities – ANTIBES (Theâtre show, 6 and 7 June 2014)

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The magic of the internet and social media bought my attention to an overseas blog the other day educatingcambodia.com and the fantastic work done fundraising for schools and a health clinic in Cambodia.

I have a huge interest in charities affecting children, and this blog resonated with me as a very important cause and a great belief in my eyes that children receive education if possible and a chance at opportunities in life.

How does this link to my own blog here on the French Riviera?  One of their Cambodian schools has been christened as ‘Antibes School’, a lovely gesture in consideration of the hard work and fundraising from local people in this region, including efforts from Hilary King who is based on the Cap d’Antibes.

Hilary King previously directed the Red Pear Théâtre in Antibes, and now produces professional musical and theatrical productions in English in support of the Cambodian cause.

This coming week on two nights – 6 and 7 June – Hilary will be hosting a World  Premiere cabaret at La Timonerie, when National Treasure, Anne Reid returns to the Riviera to give the very first performances of her brand new cabaret “Love Bytes.” 

Anne is one of Britain’s most-loved and respected actors, star of the very popularLast Tango in Halifax, Ladies of Letters, Dinnerladies and Coronation Street.

Ever since she was memorably electrocuted by a hair dryer in the early days of Corrie, Anne has been a familiar figure to audiences everywhere in her many roles on television, stage and screen.  In 2004 she received accolades and acclaim for her starring role in the film The Mother, as a woman who has an affair with her daughter’s boyfriend, played by Daniel Craig.

Her cabaret career started right here in Antibes in July 2012.  That first show, performed with her award-winning musical director Stuart Hutchinson, went from La Timonerie to the West End where she garnered rave reviews in the national press.
Never was “book now to avoid disappointment” more sincerely meant! Anne’s unique talents, humour and warmth make for an unforgettable evening of pure cabaret joy.
Please note the show is at La Timonerie and NOT (for technical reasons) at Théâtre Antibea as previously stated. La Timonerie has a ground-floor toilet for show patrons, and any persons with reduced mobility must advise in advance to allow for seating arrangements.
What: Cabaret theatre show ‘Love Bytes’ starring Anne Reid
Time:  Show commences at 8pm.  All attendees welcomed from 7.40pm onwards. The show is preceded by a short introduction about what they have helped achieve in Cambodia, then Annie’s cabaret is around 1hour 30minutes with a 15 minute intermission for complimentary refreshments.
Cost: Donations of 25 euros (cash please) include complimentary wine and canapés at intermission. All donations go, as always, directly to the schools’ project in Cambodia.
Seating:  There will be a limit for seating, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Transport:  La Timonerie is easily accessed via car from nearby Antibes or Juan les Pins. There is carparking on the street outside the venue.  There is no train station nearby.  Alternatively, refer below:
  • Buses:  Number 2 bus with Envibus departs Antibes Gare Routière at 7.10pm. Current timetable is here  ligne002_oct13reed_web Get off at a stop on boulevard du Cap after Jardin Thuret.  You will need to find return transport after the show as these buses do not run late in the evening.
  • Taxis:  You can contact Allo Taxis on local French number 04 93 65 33 87, or why not combine the cabaret show with a sightseeing tour beforehand? – prebook your Tuk Tuk tour with TukTukAzur via www.tuktukazur.com

For more information and to support Educating Cambodia:

Website: www.educatingcambodia

Twitter: @educambodia

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/educatingcambodia

“Anne Reid to perform in Antibes for our Schools” June 6 and 7. Bon Chance Antibes.

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On Friday and Saturday night, the 6th and 7th of June Anne Reid is performing for a very welcoming Cote d’Azur audience and for our Schools in Cambodia. Remember that other than ten Cambodian teachers we have zero administration or expenses – no other staff… so 100% of what people donate goes to our schools. This was in the Antibes press the other day. (we will report on the performance night around the 11th of June, along with 50 or more photos that the Antibes audience will have seen on Show weekend) :-

‘Dear friends

 A fabulous start to the summer awaits you!!!
We bring you news of a World Premier cabaret at La Timonerie, when National Treasure, Anne Reid returns to the Riviera to give the very first performances of her brand new cabaret “Love Bytes.” Anne  is one of Britain’s most-loved and respected actors, star of the very popular Last Tango in Halifax, Ladies of Letters, Dinnerladies and Coronation Street.
Every since she was memorably electrocuted by a hair dryer in the early days of Corrie, Anne  has been a familiar figure to audiences everywhere in her many roles on television, stage and screen. In 2004 she received accolades and acclaim for her starring role in the film The Mother, as a woman who has an affair with her daughter’s boy-friend, played by Daniel Craig.
Her cabaret career started right here in Antibes in July 2012!!  That first show, performed with her award-winning musical director Stuart Hutchinson,  went from La Timonerie to the West End  where she garnered rave reviews in the national press.

Never was “book now to avoid disappointment” more sincerely meant! Anne’s unique talents, humour and  warmth make for an unforgettable evening of pure cabaret joy.

 Donations, as always, directly to our schools’ project in Cambodia.

The show starts at 8.00pm  on June 6 and 7.   We welcome you from 7.40 pm onwards.

 Please note the show is at La Timonerie and NOT( for technical reasons) at Theatre Antibea as previously stated.

Your donations (cash please) include complimentary wine and canapés at intermission”

 This photo was taken last week in a classroom at the Antibes School, Cambodia. John. ( lots of photos next week after the show in Antibes.) . There will be various links to this and about the weekend through Facebook and emails. John.

 

Mougins School, France

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A lot is happening in and around our Schools. I have around 100 photos with their notes to upload but I will wait another week – then I can report on a Show in Antibes where the photos will be projected and at the same time report on the fundraising show itself!

The next posting after this one will be to promote those shows (June 6 and 7)

If you open this link below you will discover the website of MOUGINS SCHOOL near Antibes, France. The students, Staff and Students Council raised money, ALL of which has arrived here in Cambodia for the books at Antibes School (Prey t’Baing Village).

http://www.mougins-school.com/Current_News/Current_News.html

John.

 

Ros and Tians’ story

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Hi!

If this is your first time to our website – this is how it works – you have opened on The Blog; this particular Blog is about a special moment in our schools and other things too.

If you scroll down you can see all the posts of the past years.

If you look to the left side of this page you will see an index of sections. There are sections on why? and how we do what we do, our mission and sections on history. one section is named ‘Donors’ and lists, obviously, those people who have helped us financially – this list is kept up to date. When you’ve explored the site perhaps you would like to help us financially. To give you an idea – some people have given one large (or small) amount and others give say $5 every single month. Everything is VERY welcome.

and now back to TODAY’s BLOG.

Ros and Tians’ story.

There are many great stories within our schools. This is one of them – you’ll like this:

Last year I was told by the Kamchay Mear Regional Government that one of our teachers was not qualified and he would have to leave. (All our teachers are Cambodian – we have no foreign staff whatsoever). The teacher was not only our very first employee (we have retained all our teachers since 2008) but also a very good helper to me personally – Tian. Tian takes me places, builds things, fixes things – a great guy.

This is Tian, wearing a Veresdale School hat, with his daughter, Oun.

There was no way that Tian could afford the US$1000 needed for four years of study during all the school holidays to get the necessary degree. If we could provide that $1000 then Tian could stay.

I’ve mentioned this before but not in any detail.

My good friend Ros in England has given several generous donations – see the website in a number of places including a spectacular one on December 12 last year about a show Ros put on in her Surrey Village. Ros donated the $1000 for Tian. Our very first sponsorship has been to train one of our very own teachers. So, Tian stays. Now check out the rest of today:

They weren’t expecting me yesterday so everyone was unprepared. The teachers called ‘Play time’.

OUTSIDE

 

And meanwhile with Tian outside chatting with the other teachers at the other end of the school, I walked into his classroom.

INSIDE

The children, aged 12 and 13, Tian’s students, didn’t know I was there

And then they did.

Tian’s empty desk.

Tian’s students were studying.

Thank you Ros. Thank you everyone.

EXTRA –  Our tuck shops are run by local mums – this was yesterday. It’s mostly fresh homegrown fruit and things like corn and sweet potato.

   

EXTRA EXTRA. Just a brief update on the Guesthouse we will build in the villages. We are accumulating wood at the moment (the land is ready) two days ago 360 lengths of teak – 9 metres by 15cm by 5cm arrived. A reminder – no money for the guesthouse is coming from donations from anywhere; it’s a business project funded by a group of friends. It will be for visitors and volunteers.

              Bye for now from a very humid Chuor Ph’av – John.

Veresdale Scrub School uniforms to Cambodia.

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We’ve never before simply copied a letter to the website, but I think that this letter describes a wonderful donation very well. Here it is:

To Veresdale Scrub Primary School, Qld, Australia.

Dear Principal,
                       you and I spoke on the phone on April 2. We inherited bundles of your old but brand new uniforms and I told you I was taking them to our villages in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia.
    We have 1080 children in our schools. The schools, although public, government and free receive no money from the Cambodian Government (they haven’t got any). There is not one comparatively wealthy family – all families have a daily family income of between one and two dollars per day from rice cultivation. (and no, everything is not cheap; petrol is US1.40 per litre which affects the price of everything.)

We presented your beautiful uniforms and these children and their teacher posed for the photo.
Please open the website below. you will see all of our photos over seven years. To begin with we had children in rags or less. We bought uniforms for our first 200. We immediately realised that uniforms meant STRONG CLOTHES to share with the family. We have frequently bought more uniforms with donated money. You will see from photos over the years that appearance has much improved because of these trickles of uniform support.
   So, to receive your donation of strong Australian uniforms is truly wonderful – thank you.
This was what most of our original children looked like. (see the ‘schools’ section of the website)
We are in the same financial boat with exercise books, text books, paint, teachers wages (ten Cambodian trained teachers with 80 – 100 per class twice a day – two school shifts.)
We can’t accept books as donations because a) we don’t teach English yet and b) we can buy what we need in Phnom Penh when we have money.
     Again, thank you so much for the uniforms,
                                    with kindest regards and thanks,
                                                                                            John.
PS. I have large versions of these photos if you’d like them.

a magical red tuk tuk and a plea from John.

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Peter Greenwell, a member of The Rotary Club of Beaudesert, has been to see us in Cambodia and loves what we are doing and trying to do.

Peter paid for this troop carrying tuk tuk. It is primarily for getting our potential high school students to High School. We will get about 15 Cambodian teenagers in this vehicle. It will also be used for ferrying children and infirm where they need to be. One or both benches fold up so making a strong cargo carrying vehicle.

We bought it last week and took delivery with sign writing on April 19.

Its a brand new model and catches the eye does it not.

    

On the 20th, Easter Sunday, we drove our beautiful magic red tuk tuk home through Phnom Penh, through rural Cambodia to our villages. She blends in well eh?

We got her home to a very warm welcome. Thankyou Peter

So…. now I’d like you to look at this second hand but as new American Ford ambulance, equipped at the asking price of US$23,000 here in Cambodia…

  

We need this ambulance. We have a Clinic and all permission from the government to operate as a Hospital/Clinic and Pharmacy – but we have no Doctors. The regional (District) government has a large regional clinic but no money – but they have DOCTORS. They have no AMBULANCE. If we buy them an ambulance they immediately give us Doctors on shift and the region (Kamchay Mear) uses our ambulance.

PLEASE please please ask yourself or friends or business friends for help to buy our ambulance.

Please imagine the advertising space all over this ambulance… You wouldn’t drum up any business in Cambodia but I think as a world citizen a photo of this ambulance on an office wall and in advertising would do no harm.

A donation within Australia is tax deductible, elsewhere I’m not sure.

Our children and our families need this ambulance, please try to help. Contact me for any questions and/or bank details or through the website for paypal (donate section)

For PayPal please click on “Donate” then click on the red ‘Donate now’.  Your donation however big or small goes from PayPal to The Rotary Club of Beaudesert (part of Rotary International) and then directly to us in Cambodia.

We received our first donation of $10 late last week and then $1500 from the UK. Both donations were through Paypal then via Beaudesert Rotary Club and we received it ALL in Cambodia in a matter of hours. Please tell your business friends about the ambulance. Thanks from John in Cambodia.

Thank you and from John in the villages in 35C of heat!

Again, thanks a million times over Peter. John

‘Magical’ piano recitals! Bon Chance Antibes with love from your children.

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Hi!

There will be several ‘blogs’ and additions to the site over this coming week.

If this is your first time to our website – this is how it works – you have opened on The Blog; this particular Blog is about a show (concert) on The Cap d’Antibes, Francethis coming Friday and Saturday – April 25 and 26.

If you scroll down you can see all the posts of the past years.

If you look to the left side of this page you will see an index of sections. There are sections on why? and how we do what we do, our mission and sections on history. one section is named ‘Donors’ and lists, obviously, those people who have helped us financially – this list is kept up to date. When you’ve explored the site perhaps you would like to help us financially. To give you an idea – some people have given one large (or small) amount and others give say $5 every single month. Everything is VERY welcome.

and now back to TODAY’s BLOG.

BON CHANCE ANTIBES.

This a copy from the most recent additions to the Facebook page of ‘Antibes for Cambodia”

“The magical Evelyne Berezofsky comes to La Timonerie for two piano concerts – April 25 & 26. Evelyne is the 2013 winner of The Roy King Bursary; she will play Schumann, Rachmaninov and ravel in aid of our schools project in Cambodia. Donations of 25 Euros to include wine and canapes, go directly to Prey Veng where we have helped build three schools”

{La Timonerie is the concert venue. If you are in the Cote d’azur region of France you will find the concerts and shows are also advertised locally for more information. John }

 This is Evelyne Berezofsky, winner of The Roy King Bursary in London 2013. Evelyne performes on Cap d’Antibes on April 25 and 26. (see above)

Bon Chance Antibes from John and your 1080 children in Prey Veng, Cambodia.

Kamau seven years later

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 If you look at the banner across the top of the website, the fourth photo from the left is Kamau age 12 as is this photo. We said at the time that just part of our mission is to protect Kamau and all her friends. As you may have read in several places on the site, our region was a focus for sex traffickers to source their children. Again as we have said several times recently we are sure that out of well in excess of 1500 children who have gone through our schools we have lost NO children to traffickers or sex slavery, plus almost all of them can read, write and do basic maths.

 Kamau age 14 in one of our villages. – school in the mornings.

The photo above (shop) was taken three years ago. The shop was short lived. Kamaus family is extremely poor – they would be on the streets if were not for the family where I live – along with her mother and father, Kamau moved to the far south west of Cambodia to Koh Kong to live in a tiny hut of a biilionaire Chinese property Developer. Locals were evicted and the newly vacant land sold to the Chinese man and the money pocketed by corrupt officials (no charges or trial) – but thats another story.

Kamau works in the gardens of an islands condominiums for $2 for a 12 hour day.

I met Kamau last week in Phnom Penh –  here are three photos of the 19 year old Kamau. I bought the new clothes for her. She returns to the south west today. The good news from our point of view is that Kamau received about three years of education in our schools and can still read and write and do basic maths. One day probably soon, Kamau will marry and have children and she will be able to help her own children to do their homework. John 19.04 2014.

Most of Kamaus little story is also to your left. Look in the index for ‘Village Children.

   Kamau April 2014.