In spite of the pandemic, over the last few months, our Cambodian organization, the Banyan Tree Organization, has been able to work on some construction projects.
Tim Savin, our Director, and Meas Phonn, our Assistant Director, have spearheaded all of the projects: 2 toilets at a primary school, 4 toilets and a handwashing station at a high school, a handwashing station at a third school, and toilets for 4 poor village families.
The three schools mentioned are all government schools near to our own schools and our students go there, as well. We have endeavored to provide the local government schools with good sanitation facilities. This helps to keep the girls in school, at any time of the month.
This could not have been accomplished without the assistance and support of A Vision for Clean Water (AVFCW), a charity headquartered in Troy, Michigan. Our thanks to them and to our donors, who have helped to make a big difference in the lives of many in Cambodia.
BTO teacher, Theara, enjoys an outdoor class with his students at The Meas Family Homestay. This is a good opportunity for village children to have a class close to home.
Very sincere appreciation to this years RWFL team from all of us at the District level who recognize the importance of service and the kind of work you as a team did. We also want to say a big thank you to your team leaders MaryAnne and Mike and their supporters who also worked for months before the project ensuring all was there when needed.
They have supplied 110 bicycles to our community! View LARGER images on FACEBOOK
Students in the library, at our new school in Taprom, with librarian Im Yen. View LARGER images on FACEBOOK
We are very excited to announce the opening of our new school in Taprom Village, Kampot Province.
Construction is complete and the teachers received the first enrollment of 158 eager students on 22 January.
BTO will provide a bathroom/toilet at the home of farmer Soem Thorn, who lives with his wife, khun Sithon and their 5 children in Angtasom, Takev.
A further 9 families in Takeo and Kampot will benefit from this project in the coming weeks.
Some of our students will be going to University next year. They're making good use of Am Pov's weekend computer classes
Construction for the new fifth school commenced this week in TaProm Village, Kampot Province.
Savin has been teaching some students in his spare time.
They’re very excited to soon have a new classroom and library for their studies.
SreyLin is our first scholarship student.
With thanks to the support from Patti Lee and Barbara Seagram she is able to live in Phnom Penh and study at Pannasatra University.
Savin, BTO director, is sharing his knowledge with the teachers.
They have been updating their lesson planning skills - a very important part of their work.
To those who attended the Third Annual Fundraising All-day Bridge Event held October 2nd, with North American Bridge Masters Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee, where $7,200 was raised for our schools in Cambodia!
To Jerry Smee and Lorna Johnson for their involvment in the Barbara Seagram "Take More Tricks...Improve Your Declarer Play" at the Niagara Falls Bridge Tournament and Fundraiser on November 8th and to the attendees!
To EVERYONE who attended the Second Annual Fundraising All-day Bridge Event held September 26, with North American Bridge Masters Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee. We raised $4,257!
To event organizers, Linda Harrison and Carolyne Dixon, the ladies of the Gravenhurst Seniors Centre for the lunch enjoyed by the attendees and the attendees from Muskoka, Chatham, Huntsville and beyond who raised over $5,000!