As we step into the second half of 2018, we thank God for the wonderful 6 months that have passed and take this opportunity to bring you updates from the last 3 months at PKH.
The Vocational Training Centres at PKH Chbarmon (Training in Hospitality Services) and PKH Aoral (Industrial Skills Course) completed their 1st Term on 19 May and students returned to commence their 2nd Term on 4th June. The 2-week break gave them an opportunity to head home to their families to spend time with them and share what they had learned at PKH.
The students at PKH English School (PKHES) will complete their current academic term in August and in September, the School will be closed for holidays.Enrolment of students for the new academic term starting in October, will start from mid-July.
We hope that the students who are in Grade 12 this year will be focused as they prepare for their final exams, and graduate with good results to advance to the next level of education.
That’s not it. We have MORE good news to share. So, please follow the links below to find out more.
We see good progress in Farming God’s Way ! Yay! I see papaya trees, Kangkong, bottle gourds and soon enough, mangoes!
Let’s move our attention to the upcoming 2018 PKH Tour and Alumni Dinner. This tour is now fully SUBSCRIBED. Another yay! This year’s trip include visits to the various PKH Centres. At PKH Trang, trippers will be able to witness the dedication of the now completed Trang Mission House! Triple yay!!! Just like every other year, we have an alumni dinner as part of the tour and it will be the 5th for this year. For those of you who are unable to join us, do read some of the Life Stories shared at the previous Alumni Dinners. This should be another exciting trip and I look forward to seeing you at PKH if not this year, next year!
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On 5th August 2016, PKH signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kampong Speu Orphan Centre (KSOC) to take over the running of Cambodia Tomorrow School (CTS). This took place in the CTS premises located in Chbarmon, Kampong Speu Province. Ds Bessie Lee, Mrs Ena Chang (PKH Committee member in charge of this new work) and a few members of the PKH Committee and Staff represented PKH. KSOC was represented by its director, Mdm Pol Sokly, and 3 teachers from CTS.
CTS has 3 full time local teachers and is located on the grounds of KSOC with 2 classrooms, a computer lab and an office. With effect from 1 September 2016, the school will be renamed Project Khmer H.O.P.E. English School and PKH will be responsible for the direction, development, management and operations of the school.
CTS was set up in 2008 by a US non-profit organisation to provide English lessons to the orphans in KSOC and the poorer children age 3 to 18 years old from the surrounding community. Students attend the local Khmer public school but come to CTS for English lessons before or after school.
In January this year, PKH was approached by CTS to take over the running of the school as their Board decided to conclude their education programme by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. Subsequently, PKH Committee members together with Ms Susan Goh (Head of PKH Centre, Chbarmon) visited KSOC and CTS on a few occasions to find out more about their work and how PKH can help. KSOC and CTS are located just behind the PKH Centre at Chbarmon and PKH had not entered into any collaboration with them in the past.
With this MOU, PKH will take over the management of the school with the 3 existing local teachers reporting directly to the Head of PKH Centre. Student recruitment has already started for the new academic year with the intake increasing from 90 to 110 students comprising of 46 from KSOC and 64 from the poorer families in the community. PKH will provide all materials necessary for lessons including school books, school bags, uniforms, stationery and refreshments.
PKH is excited about this opportunity to reach out to the children at KSOC as well as the surrounding community and look forward to integrating the students with joint activities and the weekend Livingstreams Club at PKH Centre.
Late last year 2015, you may have heard about the completed Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) at PKH Trang. The MPH has been operational for over two months now. The recent registration/admissions for the new academic year at PKH Trang were conducted in this new Hall.
We thank God for the completion of this work of building the MPH. The roof and supporting structure were erected by contracted workers, while the flooring was done by the PKH Aoral Industrial Skills Course (ISC) youths and children at PKH Trang. We are thankful to all who have contributed to this work, especially:
- Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) for funding this construction
- Souvuth, Ngoun Y, Sokha Buntheurn for supervising the construction
Contractors at work.
Brother Souvuth (gentleman in the brown shirt) directed and supervised the work.
ISC youths from PKH Aoral and boys from PKH Trang working hard to lay the flooring for the multi-purpose hall.
The completed MPH.
The SIT Project Cambodia recently made a trip to PKH Trang in late December 2015. To hear about their personal reflections, kindly follow the next post!