The very first opening day of educatingcambodia

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Welcome to your website.

This is the official opening.

Right NOW – is the culmination of three months of hard work by
Rachel and RJ, two IT students at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New
Zealand – thank you so much guys. We have wanted a website for three
long years and now we have what I think is an astonishingly good

Please look through all the pages.
There are a lot of sections with stories and more stories and a great number of photos.
I am John, Supervisor and
Coordinator of our projects in Cambodia.
I am in Phnom Penh, Cambodia now.

We can edit pages if you or I find mistakes or omissions.
Over time there will be many additions, edits and changes, but
right now – this is day one! We hope that you like it and enjoy it.
I told many of you by either email or Facebook that the girl –
Clee, is the boss of fund raising, and now here she is, looking
straight at you.

I know there are many parts of our story untold but over time
these will all be added – either as edits, or this rolling blog or as
entirely new sections.

For three months, my son, Associate Professor Sam Mann has not only
guided his students to help us build this site but with Lesley he has
looked after me, fed me and taught me how to make Facebook work for us.
In 1980 a young Cambodian refugee named Kimleang from a Thai
camp just across the border from her home in Battembang, Cambodia was
allowed into Dunedin, New Zealand. Over the years she’s has raised
three children and runs a great Khmer restaurant. Kimleang is so happy
that we do what we do for the poor children of rural Cambodia that she
fed me for free every single lunchtime for 90 days. I am so grateful.
Here are two photos of her Cambodian cafe in New Zealand. It’s in
George Street, opposite Knox Church.
If you dear reader are in or ever in Dunedin please please go and
buy a meal from Kimleang’s “Friendly Khmer Satay Noodle House” and say