A very important dinner in France – Mougins for Cambodia.

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On April 24 2015

The Royal Mougins Golf Club will host a magnificent Dinner to raise money for our children.The goal is to build  a HIGH SCHOOL!. It will named  something like, ‘Mougins High school – Cambodia’ or maybe ‘The Royal Mougins High School – Cambodia’ – we’ll talk through a name and plaques etc later.

http:www.royalmougins.fr

The Golf Club is being helped by Mougins School – The International School which has helped us in Big ways on several previous occassions (scroll down for the latest show at the school just last year) … I’m also certain that Hilary in Antibes will be a major inspiration and help.

If you open the School site and find ‘Newsletter” you will see the letter that school parents and students have seen.

http://www.mougins-school.com

There are two months to go at the time of writing so I’ll give an update  closer to the ‘Dinner’ date of April 24. Meanwhile – here is the POSTER -

 Just two months to wait for this special night. If you are reading this in The South of France then put the 24th April into your Diaries. For everyone else, you could actually donate to that night by contacting one of the organisers on the poster.. … Lots more news SOON. John.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nang’s Story.

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A very very sad time in the village – for Nang’s family, for the village and for me.

Please open ‘Nang’s Story’ – in the Index on the left of your screen.

Nang has died. We fought hard for years with Nang.  Nang inspired many of our village health concerns and projects.

Nang’s daughter Peery is five years old. Nang will live on, not only in hearts but also in village projects. Peery will be loved, cared for and supported.

Seventeen photos and notes added to ‘Nang’s Story” today.

John.

Bon Chance ANTIBES – “Down and Out in London and Paris”

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This weekend on Cap d’Antibes:  A troupe of Dublin Players will give

two performances – Friday the 6th February and Saturday 7th February of -

George Orwell’s play “Down and Out in London and Paris”

 George Orwell’s Paris 1933 – the year his book was published.

If you have either chanced upon this post while browsing or you are a regular from anywhere around the world but you just happen to be in The South of France over this weekend – make contact with anyone in Antibes and they should (hopefully) direct you there …

 and George Orwell himself in 1933.

Now, please scroll down to the ‘previous posting of Australians in our Guesthouse. The Antibes audience always gets an update…. absolutely up to date – of happenings in our villages and Schools.. If you should scroll further back you will find announcements and comments on several years of these truly wonderful shows at La Timonerie…..

John.

 

 

 

 

The Rotary Club of Beaudesert teaches at the Schools and sleeps in The Guesthouse.

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Please look at the Video first. It will give you a fair idea of The Guesthouse so far and the nine visiters from Beaudesert:

The group (from Australia) first spent two days in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Then they flew to Phnom Penh where they had emotional and educational times at S21 (Tuol Sleng the Genocide museum) and The Killing Fields.

Then on to our villages and the Schools.

This first photo shows the whole group from The Rotary Club of Beaudesert on the Guesthouse steps.

After the schools, we all travelled north to Kratie, then west to Kompong Cham and returing to Phnom Penh – lots of site-seeing, fun and shopping on the way.

MOST of todays photos are taken at the Schools and the Guesthouse

BUT FIRST – a brief mix of photos from the trip to Kratie and The Mekong River.

 of the group, 5 were 17 and 18 year old girls – and they REALLY had a fabulous time both in the classrooms and all aspects of the visit.

 paddling in the Mekong at a Rapids Resort just north of Kratie.

 not just paddling – swimming in The Mighty Mekong

 looking for the rare fresh water Irriwaddy dolphons – there are only thirty (!) and we saw several.

 some of the group on the steps to Sombok Mountain Temple, Kratie.

 

 relaxing in the kitchen area at The Guesthouse

 football behind The Guesthouse.

and now we head to school:

 taking advantage of a sand delivery tuck to get some of the students to school today!

At the school, every visitor had chosen and prepared things to either teach or to help with. Umi, Beaudesert Rotary’s exchange student from Japan taught origami and art with Lauren and me helping.. We made planes and cranes.. The planes were relatively easy BUT most of the children finally managed cranes too, as you will see. We had bought lots of paper which Umi cut to the correct size (with a guillotine that we bought in Phnom Penh) and we had also bought hundreds of crayons for art… They are artistically very talented (the Cambodian children that is.).

 Happy children – Happy Umi.

 

 as you can see, we made paper aeroplanes!

 a very successful lesson.

 cranes were much more difficult – one proud girl.

 well done!!

 look what I’ve made!

 Mark and Linda sat in on a maths class (areas) and then helped.

 

 while the others ran a sport and dance session – Tamara taught hop scotch.

 

 all the children love drawing and painting… today – crayons

   Happy Art

Two of our wonderful female teachers – Set and Jinnie – teaching everyone, especially us, Cambodian dancing.

All the above photos are favourites of mine (all taken this week!) so perhaps these last six photos will have to be special favourites.

 

We’ve got 1000 children just like this and this is how they make us feel. some of Estelles many new friends.

 In the kitchen area of The Guesthouse – Umi with a new friend.

 These are ‘The three friends” – we’ve been following their progress through photos since we started. They have their own section within ‘village children’ in the index on the left. I’ll add this photo later.. It is Da on the left, Bit in the middle and Chanthay on our right xxx

 Taken one week ago – one of my all time favourites..

Bye for now with much love from our Schools in very remote Eastern Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video – A six minute progress clip on the Schools Guesthouse – and then school photos

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It is important to understand that our FOCUS is the children of our villages receiving a basic education – in turn we care for their families and their teachers. In 8 years it has only been possible for visitors to stay for one night – and that was 7 years ago.

Our Guesthouse will provide accommodation for visitors and volunteer teachers and nurses.

Today is January 9. Later this month we will receive our first nine guests in our Schools’ Guesthouse. (There’s a LOT of hard work going on to get it ready – plus, just a reminder – not one dollar of donated money has gone into the Guesthouse – The Guesthouse is a project of two Beaudesert people. It will benefit EVERYONE but primarily of course – our Schools, the teachers and THE CHILDREN and the future for our villages.

Our villages are among the most desperately poor in Cambodia. We had to provide something and somewhere where foreign visitors will be willing to stay, sleep and eat for say, at least one night – and possibly several weeks for volunteers.

Open this six minute video and enjoy, please.

(This is a copy of the notes that you’ll find with the video -”The Guesthouse on January 7 2015. Still a building site but preparations are being made for The Rotary Club of Beaudesert visiting later this month. In our villages there is no mains water. no clean water, no electricity, no toilets or plumbing. No one in these villages has ever seen shower units or flush toilets and the incredible workmanship is done by people with no experience of plumbing or good wiring. Our electricity so far is just three solar panels – more later. EVERY workman and woman is local to our villages and they have done and are doing a staggeringly good job. John.) ”

After the video there are a number of photos taken over the past few days in the schools.

… now two of my favourite photos so far THIS year – HOMEWORK last night in The Guesthouse

 

anyone who went to primary school in the UK in the early 1950s will well remember SLATE. As I reported last year, the teachers are finding that, especially in classes of 50 and more children  that big writing on slate is a very efficient learning tool!

 

And a lot of people have been waiting for the development BELOW!!!

Both the homework photos above were taken on the balcony last night (see the balcony in the video).

Above? Nang’s daughter, Peery.

Our Head Teacher, Sok Ken, yesterday.

Thean – we sponsored Thean to complete a degree part time (so we could keep him!) – he is a great teacher and a big help to me.

after school, and the last photo today – helping to clean the Guesthouse..

-that’s the last update this month – the next one will be about the Australian visit!

ALL previous reports are just a scroll away – or within the index on your left. Please check it out and try to help us… find the Donate page and 1000 children will benefit –                                             talk soon –  John.

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and LOTS of updates for a Happy New Year.

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If this is your first time to our website – this is how it works – you have opened on The Blog; this particular Blog covers all the key happenings this December… from paying our teachers to village children, but mostly it’s about reasons for and progress of our very important Schools’ Guesthouse.

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.

We are building a Guesthouse. We’ve been very actively building it for four months. Up to 30 poeple every day are employed from the surrounding villages – the villages that feed our schools.

Briefly, the Guesthouse will be very important to us because when it is finally completed, stocked and open – people visiting our schools can stay for one, two or 20 nights (or more). Up to and including now, it is clear that our villages are so very poor that foreigners have found it impossible to actually sleep here…. SO the Guesthouse will be for volunteers and just plain visitors who, putting it bluntly, will pay to volunteer or visit.

TODAY there will be 82 photos.

I will start with The Guesthouse, then teachers receiving their salaries followed by lots of photos of the Guesthouse and its role as a place for international visitors – being blessed in a Buddhist ceremony….. Today finishes with detailed photos of ‘building.’ ( as in the verb ‘to build’.)

The REASON for the incredible detail in some of these photos is that I want you to understand that although our builders are very talented craftsman in TRADITIONAL KHMER homes… A TRADTIONAL Khmer home does not include

a. electricity

b. toilets.

c. showers

or d. a kitchen…….

add to that the fact that I had bought in Phnom Penh, the latest in Shower equipment and western toilets and I hope that you will appreciate the amount of learning and effort that is going into all this.

….   for the most part I’ll only write a few words with each photo… perhaps think of it this way – imagine you are a skilled craftsperson and you’ve never seen toilet plumbing before AND you can’t read English AND there are no plans for ANY PART of this Guesthouse.

So …brief n9tes with the photos and now lets just go with their flow.

The Guesthouse TODAY – so far – looking North East from the road through Chuor Ph’av.

even though, so far, there are no toilets, no water, no showers and no kitchen, the Guesthouse is already comfortable and there’s plenty of room for homework in the evening.

on December 17 I placed the teachers salaries directly into their hands – not to the Government or ANYONE else. Every June 17 and December 17 I do the same thing on time, in full. It is their six monthly salary. In this photo, three of the ten teachers are helping me to count it out and divide it up.

and then all the photos are taken and receipts written.

maintenance at the schools is of course never ending. Rain water collection was failing badly – they needed to fix it.. and it needed money!

Last week the chief monk who is a very good friend of us all (all our visitors meet him) together with the very young monk, Wat – Kamau’s brother (see the wedding blog immediately prior to this one PLUS Wat’s ordination in a blog last year) perform a Buddhist blessing for the Guesthouse .. covering every aspect as you will see from the following 34 photos – but particularly the international guest aspect to the building and OF COURSE to our SCHOOLS.

 most of this village and many others came to the Blessing and we fed EVERYONE.

preparing the food (the camera is also looking towards the shower and toilet block – more of that later).

our tuk tuk (see earlier posts) very handy for transporting tables and chairs.

so, since as yet we don’t have a kitchen – the food is cooked today in the shade of the toilet block.

Bananas are a big part of the blessing – The little girl Kit is holding a banana flower – not to look cute, but she is licking the nectar and juices from the cut stem.

many of the guests hold items of significance and parade right around the building three times before assembling upstairs in front of the monks.. if you look carefully  in this photo a woman in white is holding one of my shirts and there are pillows and household items and very significantly soon you will see a SUITCASE representing all the overseas help and guests who will come one day to stay.

 Three times right around the building ceremonially carrying everything that symbolises our Guesthouse.

and since we don’t have a KITCHEN yet, we do have a camping stove!

 Cambodian money (Riel)

all the things to bless are brought upstairs.

 looking rather out of place if it wasn’t so significant.

 this trimmed coconut palm structure is around our water pump (we will eventually collect rainwater from the roof but not just yet!).. WATER is VERY special and very much part of today’s ceremony.

downstairs there is eating – upstairs the ceremony continues.

 All Cambodian houses, shops, businesses and hotels have a Shrine; this is ours, built last week. It will have water in the tank and goldfish.

meanwhile cooking and eating continue.

and in the midst of all this, building the shower block continues.

back upstairs again.

 also upstairs is the range – the huge double wok burner that will be taken down to the kichen when its built – alongside the shower block…. see early progress later today.

many metres of thread are wrapped right around the building, also connecting the partly built shower and kitchen blocks AND the water pump … the monks hold the ends of the thread.

towards the end of the ceremony the thread is slowly wound back onto the reel. (Kamaus brother on the left).

then it is downstairs and outside again to bless the Shrine.

From the back of the Guesthouse next with me standing with the camera in the rice fields.

looking from the north east. the concrete building is the unfinished shower and toilet block. It will continue away from the camera the same distance to form the kitchen block. A combined roof will link to the main Guesthouse.

I am concentrating on the Shower and toilet block for much of rest of today.. you will see why as it unfolds. There are ten of these ‘simple’ frames around the block – framing the glass bricks and the vent blocks. Each one was hand plastered using a trowel and fine plaster cement.. no measuring, no set square or template – just amazing craftsmanship.

You will see some remarkable work, but first – some children in and around the Shower and toilet block.

many of our 30 workers sleep on site including their children. These two little girls sleep in this hammock…. they sleep just at the current edge of the red tiled area. (soon the red tiles will fill the stoney area you can see.

from here on we will look at the two showers, the area for two wash basins and the two toilets. In this photo, Peery is telling me that this shower is definitely not finished. this was one week ago. (Peery features often through the website and is Nang’s daughter. Nang has her own section – see the index to the left of the page)

and Peery is joined by three of her friends.

 Sister and brother.

the first hour of Shower tiles!

Perhaps now, refer back to my notes at the beginning of today. These guys had never done anything like this before, never a shower and certianly no toilet plumbing – which is why from now on there will be so many detailed photos – its ALL new to these amazing craftsmen.

 this is the latest thing in shower technology and these people cant read English and have never seen anything like it before.

‘you’ve got to be kidding…. Im supposed to put THIS together’!…. Centre is Sot, our head builder – he is brilliant.

‘so that’s what its supposed to look like’?

just a reminder of the overall view.

 we created this 60 metre long, 10 metres wide and six metres deep fish pond to raise our land by one metre.

And back to tiling the showers and toilets.

they soak the wall tiles in a barrel of water before cementing them in place.

 and the shower walls are looking GOOD.

two toilets on the right side and two showers on the left (the kitchen is right now (Christmas Eve) being built onto the left side).The red tiles in the foreground will continue right to the back wall between the showers and toilets and that back wall will house two wash basins….

 so, more red floor tiles arrived today.

 left side toilet plumbing. Remember – I’m recording all these detailed photos because these guys who have never seen or done this work before are using every ounce of craft and intelligence they have to get this right.

and the right side toilet plumbing.

 the flowers will be the two toilet floors (builders choice) and the pebble look will be the two shower floors.

 These two photos with Christmas tree are the Guesthouse at night – so far!

 if you look at the Christmas tree photo (in the dark) above you’ll see that there is a balcony. On the balcony we have hung a number of photos.

 these last four photos: I’ve written often that we hand mix ALL our concrete. Its a remarkable process – a massive process as you can see. We are surrounding the tiled central square with an additional concrete ‘path’.

 Sot, our wonderful head builder makes the frame that will be the base of a table or ‘vanity bench’ that will go at the centre back of the shower/toilet block.

 The FRAME (above photo) is at the base of the vanity bench, currently drying on the floor. The ‘bench’ will be lifted into place onto the three vertical walls. You can see two small blue pipes making two holes in the bench. These holes are the drain holes for……….

… for two wash basins.

 all our foundations are strong. This is the base of the toilet floors, ready for tiles.

 starting tiles on the toilet walls.

 toilet wall tiles starting to look good (with Sot).

 Shower wall tiles almost complete.

 the near corner of each shower is free at this stage, ready for a ‘built-in’ seats!

 We are looking at the start of the kitchen. A common roof will run the full length from toilets at the back, then the showers and in the foreground, the kitchen. We may well leave the long wall, accessed from the red tiles on the ground floor, open.

 and the last two photos today – this Christmas Eve 2014 – we have planted Coconut trees. We intend to plant Coconut, Mango and Banana trees  to begin the Guesthouse garden.

Merry Christmas from all the Children and all the families in Kamchay Mear District of Prey Veng Province, Camboadia.

John.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kamau. A big day. The most moving of all.

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Please read this paragraph by paragraph, photo by photo. Don’t skip anything.

You will have seen a lot of wedding photos before.

Get a box of tissues ready.

For me, for several reasons this wedding was the most moving of all.

I have been to over 100 rural weddings in Cambodia – they are all day events – at no one point are the couple ‘married’ – its ‘assumed’ but every separate part is important. talking, sharing, tying ribbons, hands tied, gifts given individually to the kneeling couple, times for preparing, eating, more ceremony, more eating, some dancing, more ceremony and then a lot of dancing.

If you look at the banner at the top of the page, Kamau is the fourth from the left. We have known and cared for Kamau for almost eight years. She was 12 years old when we opened our first school and Kamau was truly determined to learn everything she could. She had three years in our schools and learned to read and write her own language, do basic arithmetic and some knowledge of Science, History and Geography.

I imagined that all our early girls and boys would become Doctors or Policitians. Kamau lived in the house where I stayed so she was one of the children I knew most about.

Her father (one of the photos below) drinks far too much rice wine and does no work. Her mother, Nat, tries desperately hard for Kamau. Last year (it’s in an earlier post) they GAVE their only son to the Temple (the monastery – or in Khmer – The WAT). What I can say is that their son will be a fine young monk – a clever and caring boy – and Buddhism in Cambodia is the practical bearer of what Social Service there is in Cambodia.

Back to Kamau. I have changed my thinking over the past few years. It is a slow slow process – Kamau will have children . Kamau can read, write and do Arithmetic AND will know how to protect HER girls from trafficking (in several places within the website I use Kamau as an example of saving our children from slavery.) Kamau can help HER children with their homework and teach THEM what she learned. PLUS there is a chance that she and her husband can start a tiny business, say, buying and selling goods around the villages.

I’ll let her WEDDING DAY unfold as it did. (don’t skip)…

Nat is Kamau’s mother. This is Nat’s home. It is also where Kamau and  her new husband will  live, along with Way, Kamau’s father. That is one room; there are no room dividers in the house.

It is the venue for Kamau’s wedding. If you haven’t read the opening paragraphs, read them now.

 Life is straightforward. You want beef for the wedding day? You kill the cow with a knife and you all eat ALL of it. This is ten metres from the house.

 preparing sauces and herbs to go with the meat – family and friends.

 The music arrives with help through the mud.

 getting as ready as she can be.

 The first part of the day involves an Elder from the Wat (monastery) helping to tie ribbons to wrists and also tie them together.

BUT ALL IS NOT WELL. Kamau is crying and its not good. I wonder what’s wrong?

Is this as good as it gets?

I ask Nat (mum) .. the problem is that because they have no (ZERO) money they can not afford any wedding clothes. (apart from anything else)

There are THREE hours till the next part of the ceremony. This DOES NOT happen to Kamau on my watch.

Svay Antor is a tiny town 50 minutes away. A phone call and I ask to hire costumes, accessories(!) and makeup for Kamau, her husband Lat and for Chanthai, the Bridesmaid. A lady from a wedding hire place on a, tiny dirt road is on her way.

(got the tissues ready?)

Three hours later – Make up and costume.This part of the ceremony is individual gift giving into their hands.

 technically an awful photo – emotionally its brilliant. Nat, Kamaus mum in the foreground and Chanthai (new teeth last week), the bridesmaid behind Kamau. An emotional masterpiece.

 fortunately I’ve got the 3mb version of this.

Good eh!

 Lat and Kamau.

 

Kamau  and her bridesmaid, Chanthai (who hasn’t stopped smiling for a week – see Chanthai’s post below!)

 out of the good clothes – Bride and Bridesmaid.

 With her father, Way.

Bye for now from Kamau, Lat – and Chanthai – John.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guesthouse on December 1 2014

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It is exactly three months since we last posted  photos or news of progress on The Guesthouse.

Please scroll back to August 31 to see the last update.

A lot has happened since then!

I’ll post 16 photos and some explanatory notes to get us up to date. Some of todays photos were taken during Spetember, some in October and most in November with  just a few taken TODAY, December 1….. You will see what has been done and what is to be done.

In this photo the toilet and shower block work hasn’t started and nor has the kitchen. Those two blocks will be  on the ground floorunder one long roof down the left hand side of the main building. They will be accessed directly from a very large tiled floor in between the pillars.

 This ground floor area will be all tiled and has a ceiling height of four metres to create a cool living area.

it will be direct access from undercover into the toilet and shower block. To the left of this structure there will be a similar sized kitchen, all under the same long roof.

 the two photos, above, show Sot, the lead builder for the toilet block. There are over 30 people working on The Guesthouse.

 

the photo above shows the long balcony running down the side of The Guesthouse to ‘The Coffee Room’.

 The Coffee Room. Open on three sides, with spectacular views over the rice fields.

 and FROM The Coffee Room to the front of The Guesthouse.

 Solar panels in line on one of the roof ridges.

 The wiring from the solar panels comes to the inverter and batteries on the upper floor. We have been given a salellite dish, connection and a TV. English or US TV eg BBC or CNN is far too expensive but yesterday I found a Charlie Chaplin movie on Indian TV.

 and the satellite dish is on the back steps (an earlier photo of the rear of The Guesthouse before painting and ballustades) -

 We are building a front wall. In discussions with the government – in February 2015 they will upgrade and double the width of the road to and through our village. We will lose three metres of our land and so in preparation the wall will be set back that three metres. We will also lose the first section of the side wall you can see in the distance.

I’ve slept in this room for the last two nights. Its a room just off the front balcony. – no toilet or shower or kitchen and no tap but very comfortable non the less.

The tuk tuk donated by Peter Greenwell 9f The Rotary Club of Beaudesert continues to work every day transporting children and with the benches removed – a steady workhorse for our building materials.

I’ll give another Guesthouse update when the toilet block is finished. John.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanthai and Uch Bophal – our Dentist

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You would have to look at the rest of Chanthai’s life to find words good enough to describe how I feel today. It is a glorious day.

First then a quick look back at the 8 years we have known Chanthai (these photos are also within the villoage children section to your left.

 and next – Chanthais first day ever at school. in the butterfly tee shirt.

For all of the past eight years Chanthai had smashed upper secondary teeth – impacted into her upper gum. One of her lower incisors had grown to meet that top gum.

In September 2014 Dr Uch Bophal extracted the smashed teeth and had to operate on her upper gum and prepare her for implants.

And just one week ago a whole day was spent working on Chanthais mouth, making moulds and calculations for her new teeth.

AND TODAY

A very happy day.

Chanthai with Dr Uch Bophal at The Pachem Dental Clinic in Phnom Penh.

Many many thanks to Pachem Dental Clinic for giving us a big discount and to Dr Uch Bophal for all her kindness and skill.

Thanks to Jana Zehr for her huge donation of AUD 1000 to make this possible.. Your reward Jana is Chanthais smile forever.

Thanks to The Rotary Club of Beaudesert and everyone in the villages of Kamchay Mear for loving Chanthai. John.

 

 

 

 

 

Posters and a picture from France and new School Photos – Beaudesert Rotary School and Antibes School!

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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 our wonderful friendship with Mougins School in The South of France, a new Theatre, a Show and what it all means.

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.

Posters and a Picture from France and New School photos (Beaudesert Rotary et Antibes Schools)

45 photos today.

First though – The Guesthouse: I wrote on September 27, below, that we will update on Guesthouse progress. I really don’t want to fill the website with what might seem like small progress photos so please bare with us a little while longer. The main building is more or less complete now and over the next two months we will build the toilet and shower block. I doubt very much whether the kitchen will be built before the visit from The Rotary Club of Beaudesert in January – we will eat well from a make shift kitchen!

Mougins posters!

If you scroll down to September 27 you will find that I was at The Mougins International School in the South of France. During my time visiting the classrooms I was given three posters and a small booklet of childrens pictures, all to take back to our Antibes School in Cambodia. You will see on the September 27 post, about half way through, me holding one of the posters! I also met a wonderful singer named Jane who has performed a benefit concert for us in Antibes (just down the road from Mougins) – Jane and her husband Bob came to Mougins School for the play (see below) and also presented to me a signed photo to give to the children in Cambodia….

….. so….. we framed the three posters and Jane’s picture and they are now hanging in the three classrooms of Antibes School in Prey t’Baing. These photos were taken the day we hung the pictures – November 21….

please enjoy the emotion in these pictures:

I took the first ten on my phone and are of poorer quality than the others taken with my Lumix.

 and this picture taken November 21 2014 includes moi (as they might say at Mougins School.)

We’ll finish today with the 20 photos shown , until today, only at the Sylvia Syms concert on Cap d’Antibes on November 7  and 8. They are all new and most are self explanatory – I’ll put notes with some.

{If perhaps you first scroll back to planning for Sylvia Syms concert you’ll get some idea of the importance of Sylvia in the past sixty years of British film, TV and Theatre.

EDITED later the same day 24.11.14

Hilary has just sent me three photos of Sylvia at her own concert. The first two are Syvia performing and the third is with Sylvia’s actress daughter Beatie Edney.

At her ‘show’ Sylvia told many stories of particularly the social and political impact and context of many of her performances. On those two nights in Antibes, done entirely for our schools, a phrase used by several in the audiences was “Slvia was simply magnificent. From all our children, their teachers and their families, thankyou very VERY much to Sylvia and EVERYONE in the audiences and all the organisers.

Many of you reading this have followed and traveled with us for several years now, and you will know that HILARY is the Producer of ALL our shows… and almost all the shows – all the ‘Bon Chance Antibes’ messages are for shows in Hilary’s HOME1

Hilary in turn has many helpers, Mags particularly but indeed as we often say, our FAMILY is very big. I have come to know many of Hilary’s friends and they in turn are 100% part of the Cambodian childrens family.}

 

some of our 13 and 14 year olds outside the teachers house ‘Chez Hilary’ with new books.

 Sok Ken our head teacher with a stock of text books.

 meanwhile over at the Antibes School.

 tuck shops run near the entrance gate of the Chuor Ph’av campus. The Rotary Club of Beaudesert.

 and now some photos of part of the morning parade at 6.45am at Chuor Ph’av. Remember there are two shifts operating. The second team starts at 12.30pm.

and so from early morning parade under the Cambodian flag, its into the classrooms for a morning of lessons.

Later this week  there will the story of a girls teeth! Chanthai has her own section within the ‘village children’ section in the index to the left of screen – she has had a mouth full of crushed useless and untreated teeth. Tomorrow her teeth reconstruction is completed and I will put together a short before and after story.

I can promise that next weeks post will be ‘Guesthouse Progress’.

John.