To all who read these news letters – Thank you.

Yet again MHVc continues in its quest for better opportunities for our students and villagers.
We have been fortunate to have received volunteers during the months of March/April/May and we appreciate their sterling efforts.

Unfortunately we lost our lady teacher, Pisith, who returned to Siem Reap City end of April. We are actively looking for a replacement locally, internationally and throu’ Siem Reap agencies.

On the Saturday of Khmer New Year (13th April) the teachers, together with 10 village helpers, took 120 students in 3 coaches to Siem Reap City to visit the Temples of Angkor. Afterwards we provided lunch, water, fruit and jelly pots before we spent the afternoon at the West Barai (fresh water lake) swimming and having fun. Most of the students had never been on a bus before, been to Siem Reap or the Temples. Not only was it a great day out, it was educational also.

Are exam results for this semester show that the students are progressing but finding it more difficult as the course becomes harder. Great credit to Teachers Lin and Sophach for their perseverance and dedication.

An external exam was held in Prasat Primary school in English and Khmer studies. 4 of our students took the top placs and were offered “Boarding school” places with “Smile Trust” , an NGO in Siem Reap. They will provide education and accommodation, food etc until High School without charge. 2 famlies have agreed for thier child to go to “Smile Trust”. We are vey proud of them and hope they do well.

The students in all three classes completed work for our “Lifestyle” project that we embarked upon with Lady Elizabeth Independent School in Javea, Spain. Class C made some impressive drawings of the villages, school, familes, fruits, trees etc. They also drew numbers 1 – 20 and completed in both English and Khmer tegether with a similar set of the Alphabet in both languages. I took the project, a total of 24 separate topics, flag of Cambodia and articles made by the students, to Lady Elizabeth School in May and had discussions in class with the students on two separate days.

At the beginning of May we assisted Prasat village by providing 41 lorry loads of earth and the sevices of a tractor to repair the vilage road near to the Pagoda. The cost was born by our community programme.

It looks like we have now found a plot of land for school building and if all goes well I will report next time of our hopeful success with this project.

For those in Spain or visiting.

We will be holding a summer BBQ and Dance in Benedolieg, Costa Blanca, 7th September. Tickets can be purchased from Robert or Amanda via the e mail rob@myhappyvillagecambodia.org or mobile: 661 244 134.

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