Here’s an update from PKH!

Dear Friends, 

Warm greetings from PKH!

We are pleased to bring you some updates from our Centres in Cambodia, and thank you for your continuous support towards Project Khmer H.O.P.E.!

Your support has enabled many lives to be transformed by providing, amongst many things, education and basic needs to the poor children and youth of Cambodia.

Medical Team at PKH

A Medical Team from St Andrew’s Cathedral visited PKH in March to conduct health screening at the 3 PKH Centres. There were 6 persons in the team, including 2 doctors, a nurse and a pharmacist. The team attended to a total of 211 children, 114 youth and a few staff, at the Centres in Chbarmon, Aoral and Trang.

Electricity has arrived at Aoral!

After years of dependence on generators, the PKH Centre at Aoral can now function on regular electrical power supplied by a public plant newly set up in the district.
Thank God for this advancement! We are grateful to all (engineers and technicians alike) who have helped to provide the Centre with electrical and solar power.

St Andrew’s School Alumni Cycling Team visits Project Khmer H.O.P.E.

On 30 Apr, a first-of-its-kind trip comprising a team of 15 persons from the St Andrew’s School Alumni Cycling Team visited PKH, cycling from PKH Aoral to PKH Trang. Despite the sweltering heat, the team persevered through the rough terrain to deliver 12 Bicycles, basic toiletries and household necessities to the Trang families. A workshop was conducted to share some skills on bicycle maintenance, as well as a fun game of touch rugby with the children at Trang, and visits to some of the village homes. We thank the team for braving the hottest month in Cambodia to bless the community at PKH Trang!

Best Wishes,

PKHCambodia

PKH September 2016 Trip Update

Good day friends! Greetings from PKHCambodia.

Just over two weeks ago (10th-13th September 2016), 74 supporters and friends of PKH, including 13 people from Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) joined us on this trip to the three PKH Centres (Chbarmorn, Aoral and Trang). This is the biggest group PKH has ever hosted and we thank you for the great support for this work!

To those who were not able to join this trip, PKHCambodia is pleased to share a short summary (not exactly short but happy reading!) of the 4D3N trip and we hope you will be able to join us in the future.

Day One. It all started on the 10th September mid-day with a gathering at the Singapore-Changi airport to do a group  check-in for our flight. Everyone was punctual and it was heartening to see fellow trippers offering to carry 20kg mosquito nets each for distribution to the village people in Trang, so we had all these checked-in all at once!

At 345pm on the same day, as soon as we arrived into Phnom Penh, we boarded the coach to take us to Himawari Hotel (the hotel where we stayed for 3 nights) and we had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Royal Palace while traveling along the Mekong Delta Esplanade. Got in, checked-in, what’s next?

We had roughly an hour to refresh ourselves for the Alumni 2016 Dinner happening at Himawari Hotel, 6pm. In case you’ve been wondering, PKH has formed a PKH Alumni since 5 years ago (2011) with year-to-date membership count of over 750 members. The Alumni Dinner is a yearly activity and the purpose is to gather graduates from the different batches for a time of fellowship whilst also creating a forum to share their testimonies. At this year’s dinner, we had the very first batch of graduates return to share their stories and over 120 other graduates joining us, some with their families. We gave out hard copies of Life Stories containing their testimonies and if you wish to have a soft copy, please click here. SEATV News (Cambodian TV Channel) was also on site during the dinner to film the event and we have them in this link too!

Day Two. We started our day by attending a Service at the Anglican Church of Christ Our Peace (CCOP) of the Deanery of Cambodia. Soon after the Service, the rest of the day was a relaxing day pretty much for shopping/leisure while some of us parted ways to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Russian Market, Central Market and the AEON mall. Weather was not exactly favouring us with a big downpour after lunch so most of us had to stay indoors. Nonetheless, many of us had the opportunity to mingle with one another. We had great local Cambodian food for dinner at Kravanh I and II after which many had an early night in anticipation of an exciting full day the next day!

Day Three. We left the hotel, boarded the bus at 650am where we headed out of Phnom Penh into the country side of Kampung Speu. We visited the main centre, PKH Chbarmorn (headquarters of PKH’s work in Cambodia) and had to split into groups moving to our individual group vans (11 vans altogether). Soon after, we departed for Trang Village which is approximately an hour and a half away from the main centre. As it had been raining, the journey to Trang Village was quite bumpy and treacherous in some areas. Nonetheless, the drivers are skillful and we got there safely at 11AM (none of us had to push to free the van from being stuck in the mud!).

On arrival at PKH Trang, we were overwhelmed to see the people from the Trang village greeting us with smiles on their faces despite the harsh conditions they live in. We were given the opportunity to interact with the villagers (including the on-site teachers), distribute food rations and served each of them their meal (a plate of rice and a simple soup) as it was lunch break. We also had the chance to visit some of the homes of the villagers to understand the level of poverty these villagers face. After spending over 2 hours in Trang, we travelled to PKH Aoral (second centre built after the main centre) which was approximately an hour away, for a simple lunch. Not long after, we headed back to Chbarmorn and visited the PKH English School. This is where PKH has just started its new work of teaching English to 110 orphans and poor children, from 1st September 2016. Upon returning to PKH Chbarmorn, we had the opportunity to tour the neighbouring premises of Seeds of Hope Orphanage where PKH supports a third of the orphans. Our long day ended with a delicious Chinese meal in Phnom Penh. Seated at table with one another, we were able to exchange notes on what we had seen and experienced.

Departure Day. After an extremely useful sharing and feedback session in the morning, it was time to bid farewell to Cambodia and take our flight home! All by God’s grace, we got home safely at 7pm.

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Here are some quotes from our fellow trippers:

This trip is a real eye-opener for us.

A great and meaningful trip.

The kids in Trang are clearly malnourished and in need of medical help.

How can we be of help to PKH?

We can see how PKH has transformed lives.

For such a big group, it was well-organized.

We thank God for the dedication shown by the teachers and staff of PKH.

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I hope it was a useful trip for you as it was for us here in PKH. Thank you once again to all for your great support and hope to see you again!

Best Wishes, PKHCambodia

UPDATE – The Project Khmer H.O.P.E. Tour 2016

Dear Friends,

This is to inform you that this Tour is fully subscribed and registration is now closed. However, do watch this space closely as we will continue to update you on what’s happening at PKH!

Regards,

PKHCambodia

The Project Khmer H.O.P.E. Tour 2016 is on!

Dear Friends,

PKHCambodia would like to invite you to join us on our tour to Cambodia on the 10-13th September 2016 (the 12th is a Singapore public holiday).

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The general itinerary includes:

  • A visit to all 3 PKH Centres plus PKH’s new Tuition Centre in Kampong Speu
  • Food distribution to poor villagers
  • Observe PKH vocational training classes
  • Be part of the PKH Alumni dinner
  • Sightsee in Phnom Penh
  • Time of fellowship with one another

For more details, kindly click here. Registration form is also attached in the link.

Registration forms and payments can be returned in the following ways:

  • The Information Desk at St. Andrew’s Cathedral Church Services on Saturdays / Sundays OR
  • Mailed to the PKH Co-ordinator, Project Khmer H.O.P.E., c/o 11 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178959

We have limited seats, so do register as soon as you can before the 31st July 2016!

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us an email at adelinehee@cathedral.org.sg or submit your query via the tab below. We will attend to you as soon as we can.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you!

Regards,
PKHCambodia  🙂

 

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Project Cambodia Trip to PKH Trang, 20th Dec 2015 – 1st Jan 2016

Hi everyone,

We are thankful for SIT Project Cambodia for their contributions to PKH having spent over 10 days in December at PKH Trang. Here’s what they have to say. Enjoy reading!

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SIT Project Cambodia team comprising 15 students and 1 staff visited PKH Trang, from 20th Dec 2015 – 1st Jan 2016, for our overseas service learning trip. The staff and children at PKH Trang welcomed us warmly and made us feel at home.

We were excited to see the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) which we helped to fund through several fund raising initiatives. The prominent red zinc roof instantly caught our attention. The over ambitious idea of building a MPH, which cost approximately SGD20,000, seemed impossible at the start. However, this was made possible with humongous efforts put in by the students with encouragement and support from Singapore Institute of Technology.

During our stay, we were heartened to see how the MPH was well utilised. The children at PKH Trang played, studied, danced and had their meals all under the big red roof. This motivated us to make full use of the 10 days there, a rare opportunity to engage and learn from the staff and children.

We participated actively, teaching and playing with the children. To create a vibrant environment for these children to study, we painted murals on the classroom walls. We also designed “Our Tree” and invited PKH’s staff and children to place their thumbprints as leaves of the tree.

In addition, we assisted with various small construction works and other ad hoc yet meaningful duties. We introduced Singapore dishes, such as mee rebus (Teacher Sokha Bunthoeurn’s favourite!) and laksa, cooked up with local sauces purchased from Singapore. To promote healthy life style, we constructed goal posts, complete with proper netting, for the boys to have a game of football.

On reflection, we faced several obstacles but we were grateful for the skillful and kind staff (Teacher Deborah & Brother Souvuth) at PKH Trang who guided and assisted us throughout our learning journey. We learned valuable lessons at PKH Trang thanks to the staff, growing a deeper awareness of cultural diversity and an appreciation for all that we have.

We had a hard time saying goodbye to the staff and children in PKH, parting with tears of gratitude and friendship. We thought we were giving more than receiving, however at the end, it was the other way round – the experiences we gained were enriching and memorable. This overseas service learning project has broadened our horizons and nurtured our own personal development.

We are thankful for the opportunities given by SIT and PKH, for an extraordinary experience, beyond our classroom.

To be the catalyst for transformation, we have to be able to learn, unlearn and relearn, to empower ourselves as astute thinking thinkers by being grounded in community.

We look forward to visiting, bringing more fun and laughter, to PKH Trang again in 2016.

“To be able to give is a form of joy, to be able to receive is a privilege.” – Wong Kai Xian, Vice-President
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“The smiles on their faces were the greatest satisfaction! “ – Suhaila Zainal Shah, Publicity Officer

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“In returned they taught us a lot of things, such as gratitude” – Kim Yoon Jung, Finance Officer

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“You have two hands. One, is to help yourself, the other, is to help another” – Danial Azri Ismail, President

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Regards, PKHCambodia