Darlin’s first day of public school!!
Meet the most beautiful little Miss Darlin, Darlin is the youngest child of her family and she just started public school!
Darlin’s mother, Sy, works at our Soksan International School as the Art teachers Assistant. Darlin has always been at her mothers side, not liking to go anywhere without her - this caused a problem when Darlin went into the Kimyeng Kindergarten, but eventually we got her to come to Kinder every day, then we faced the problem again when Darlin had to move out of Kindergarten and into the Prep class! - but once again after some effort and encouragement we got her to come to school at SIS - so this is a really BIG deal that this little munchkin is leaving Mum and going off to Public School with all the big kids!
Sending our little ones to Public School is all thanks to our friends at Ivanhoe Grammar School (Official School Page), and very special families such as the Henderson Family and many other people who donated to help us raise the funds for our SIS Tuk Tuk school bus! which helps to ensure our littlest Soksan friends are safe when going to school and don’t have to worry about dangerous traffic, or riding their bikes home in the dark or pouring rain!!
Darlin’s public school and her schooling at SIS is all covered by CKF and the amazing sponsors who help to put our Soksan children through School - If you would be interested in helping us send more kids to school please email firstname.lastname@example.org (: (:
Our Jan 2014 Mission: Cambodia Volunteer Trips is now full to the brim! Can’t wait to have all of these amazing people over working with us!! - there are still a few spots left on our November trip, email email@example.com if you are interested in coming along !! (: x
CKF’s new Media room.
Thanks to our friends at Ivanhoe Grammar School (Official School Page) we were able to set up our Media room at our Soksan International School. The first use for the room was our Anti Trafficking week where parents and students engages in a number of topics and activities surrounding the problem of human trafficking in Cambodia. The students have also started taking a few simple media inquiry classes, studying movies, listening and comprehension and basic film theory. It’s a great new space which we will be able to use so much and our kids and Soksan Village can get so much out of it!! So great (: x x
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Finishing up with your final year of high school this year?
Why not come along with us on a trip in November (sorry to people who graduate at different times to Australian’s - but you’re still welcome to come on any of our trips! )
What could be a better why of celebrating the end of your schooling then getting out and exploring and discovering different places in the world whilst making a huge difference at the same time?
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The following is a journal entry from one of the students who are currently on our Mission:Cambodian Volunteer Trip from Ivanhoe Grammar School in Australia. Hopefully this will give an insight into the work involved on the trips and the experiences to be had.
Today was the group’s final day in Soksan Village and therefore meant saying our goodbyes to all the children and people we had grown close to over the last few days.
The morning began with the packing of bags and cleaning rooms; as well as some of the team helping out a family in the village by renovating their kitchen area. When the team was completely packed and ready to leave, we headed out to the front of the school and began our farewells. It was emotional for everyone; to have to leave behind the strong friendships we’d made. The moment was filled with tears and ‘I love you’s from both the school children and Mishcam team, accompanied by a few promises to one day return and meet again. Exchanges of bracelets, cards and hugs took place until we finally filed into the bus, and wished them all well for the very last time.
Thus began our road trip to Siem Reap. While some of the girls lightened the mood with singing and music, other members dozed off in the minivan. We stopped on the way at a roadside market to each try the acquired taste of coconut rice and beans which had been cooked in a bamboo stick. Although not many could truthfully say they loved the snack, we all enjoyed the experience.
When we finally arrived at our destination in Siem Reap, the team was impressed by the stunning quality of the hotel. The water features and immaculate tropical landscaping on top of our beautiful pool and rooms were such a shock compared to the quality of life we’d witnessed in the village and truly enhanced our appreciation for it. Following our quick dip in the pool, we headed down the road to dinner. The restaurant, called Cafe Peace, was an all vegetarian cuisine that included burgers and pasta (something we’d all missed) as well as the traditional curries and rices. Meals were quickly devoured in an effort to get to the Night Market.
The Night Market was definitely one of the most tourist-friendly places the group had visited, with whole streets lit up by the stores and almost anything imaginable for sale. With a birthday song for Lara and indulgence in ice-cream, massages and excess shopping was the perfect end to such an emotional day for the Mishcam team. Although the day was different for everyone in our team, I can surely say we will always miss and remember our friends in Soksan and that we all appreciate the beauty of Siem Reap.
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