MHVc update August 2015

MHVc continues to provide opportunities for all in our catchment villages and school.

1. I was at the project April – June and we dealt with some reorganisation of teaching staff and courses hopefully to improve the learning skills of our students
We continue with our twinned school in Manchester, Clarenden Cottage and further penfriend letters have been exchanged together with a small project on Religion in Cambodia, Weather and our school trip.
For the school trip we took 120 students and helpers to Trav Kot a man made lake and eco-project. We traveled in 3 coaches around 75 Kms each way. At Trav Kot the children swam in the lake, took out the pediloes, involved in a treasure hunt. They were given lunch, snacks and drinks. A good day was had by all.
2. Srey Da a girl student in Class C aged 12 years has suffered from birth with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. We took her and her parents to the Children’s hospital in Siem Reap in March. She was seen by an orthopaedic surgeon who was satisfied her problems were purely physical. She was operated on 13th July and put in Plaster casts. On her review 3rd August her recovery was so good the plaster casts were removed and she is now learning to walk normally. This is an example of giving opportunity to a young girl who otherwise was destined to “no life at all” or future.
3. We have had further communications with Panasonic Japan, who are considering granting us more solar lanterns for student use. Thank you Panasonic.
4. In furtherance of our drive for more clean water provision, Mr Tex Gowing, a volunteer from UK provided 40 villagers with ceramic water filters. A big thank you Tex. He also added to the bathroom arrangements at the vol. house where we now have a fully functioning shower and water pump arrangement.
5. Free to Shine have further helped more village girls with bursaries so about 25% of our students are receiving additional help to maintain their interest in school and education.
6. Our continuing big problen this year is the numbr of village families that are leaving to work illeglly in Thialand and taking the children from school. Our numbers go up and down according to the goings and returns. We have made representations to individual parents and spoken with Prasat Primary School but this is a difficult problem as in all “worlds” we know money speaks louder than words.

We continue to fund raise in Spain and UK but times are hard for all NGOs and the like.

Claire Rosser (UK) has run a London Rat race and will present her donations soon. Thanks Claire.

Donors in Spain have provided funds for Srey Da’s operation and rehabilitation – Thanks to you all.

2 events are to held in Spain:

17th September 2015 in Javea Party in the Garden with Jazz music/singer + soul band. Tapas and canapes.Free drinks for 1st 2 1/2 hours of event.

29th October 2015 in Denia. 2nd annual Horse Race night. Details to follow.

Any interested parties to contact Robert on rob@myhappyvillagecambodia.org or Spanish tel mob. 0034 661224134.

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