Friday, January 20, 2017

The Happy Room

Dear Friends,

We hope the year is off to a good start. Here we just finished bringing one of the basic needs in life to a inner city school in Siem Reap...Bathrooms!!! Something many of take for granted however here in Cambodia that is not the case.

We have been working with Feeding Dreams Cambodia for many years supporting their great work; which provides very poor urban kids with english lessons, nutritious meals, computer training as well as hospitality training all for free. Most of the kids who attend Feeding Dreams live in urban slum areas and work as trash collectors, beggars or sellers. The school runs programs morning, afternoon and evening and altogether there are more than 800 students that attend daily.

K.I.D.S. has assisted with the computer lab, social service programs and clean drinking water. This year, thanks to our terrific partners, Compassionate 
Eye Foundation, we were able to replace their two terrible bathrooms (that did not work most of the time) with a modern four stall bathroom and washroom area.
We also moved it far away from the clean drinking water system and classrooms...which is much more hygienic.

Now students and teachers can have descent, clean and private bathrooms that work.

Here they often refer to the bathroom as "The Happy Room" and believe us we have all made this school a lot happier.

The Happy Room

All the best to you and yours,

Adrianne and Rick

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Well Wishes

Dear Friends,

We hope the new year is off to a good start. We are happy to say that K.I.D.S. has just completed another clean drinking water system for a poor rural village school, a special thank you to Fergus and Penny MacCourt from Nanaimo.

We visited Samrong Khnarphor last year with our friend and partner Kim Thol. Kim assists us in finding schools that are in need of support and often off the beaten path. This little school is no exception. Here the 280 children are either crammed into what was the kitchen to study kindergarten, inside the three walled community shelter, outside in the dirt or in run down and broken small wooden classrooms. There is one classroom that is okay but still has only wire for walls.

The teachers are dedicated and teach in these conditions as they believe, as we do, that every child deserves an education.

Bringing clean drinking water to these children helps these kids to avoid suffering from illness and dehydration and they are so happy to have clean safe water to drink on a daily basis. It is great to see the kids growing their own garden so that they can add some greens to their breakfast provided by the World Food Program.

We will also be getting bikes for some of the kids who will be traveling long distances to high school next term.

With Gratitude from All,
Adrianne and Rick