Tuk Talk – Our very own Newsletter (1st issue)

PHOTO OF THIS MONTH: “GO GO!   DON’T LET THE ‘BARANG’ WIN !”

Tuk Talk – First Issue –

October 2017

Finally, here is the first issue of Tuk Tuk for Children’s newsletter “Tuk Talk.” This issue will be longer than usual since it’s the first one. From now on we will present one issue every month.

Let us start by introducing who we are and what we do.

THANK YOU

Thanks to our supporters. We appreciate all your help including the monthly cash donations, books & toys, sharing our posts etc… Every action of yours allows us to continue our work. Thank you very much again, we appreciate and look forward to your future support.

Tuk Tuk for Children

We are an Australian Charity based in Pursat, Cambodia. In March 2015, 4 volunteers (including 2 current directors) bought a tuk tuk to show movies in villages. They then started to do Tuk Tuk Theatre. In May 2016, we registered as a charity in ACNP in Australia. Currently we have two main projects called Tuk Tuk Theatre and Tuk Tuk Mobile Library. We also support some families in communities.

Our mission is to help children have fun as a child and also to help dream bigger in the future.

Tuk Tuk Mobile Library

We do a Mobile Book Library to 6 State Kindergartens. From November, we are starting a Toy Library as well.

In Cambodian kindergartens they don’t have much budget so there is a lack of books and educational toys. There are not even enough books or toys for kindergarten age children in the first place. We go to the kindergartens once a month and lend books and toys.

When we visit, we introduce new things such as songs and stories. We are hoping to introduce some craft activities in the future. We also hold workshops for teachers about how to tell stories or create teaching materials.

Tuk Tuk Theatre

We go to villages or schools to do activities with children. This is to give children their childhood back and have fun like any other child. We go to 5 villages every 2 weeks. Also, once a week we go to a primary school and once a month to an orphanage in Battambang province.

Our main aim is to play with children and watch a movie. Other than that, we help children to develop a habit of washing their hands before eating a snack and putting their rubbish in the bin.

When we have new volunteers, they will introduce their countries or what they are good at and help children to get new ideas and new experiences.

Report for August and September

Tuk Tuk Theatre(TTT)

In August and September it was too close to the end of term holiday so we did not do TTT at the primary school, we only did it in 5 villages. Once a month, we also visited HOC orphanage in Battambang.

Visits:
August:12 times、315 children
September:7 times、234 childrenMovie for the month
Aug:My Neighbour Totoro
Sep:Moana
Highlights
In these two months we had  4 of our own volunteers and also 4  volunteers from other organizations who joined us. We were able to introduce  new games including tennis and present information about other cultures.

Tuk Tuk Mobile Library

September was an end of term holiday so we only visited 6 schools in August. We introduced a new song ”Wheels on the Moto -Khmer Version” and told a Kamishibai story titled ”A Duckling and a Chick”.

On the 10th of August we held a workshop for teachers from the 6 schools in our program and we also invited other teachers on request of the Department of Education. We reviewed ‘How to read a book’ and 5 songs we had taught at the previous workshop. We then introduced two new number songs and showed some teaching materials. We then showed our new cabinets where toys and books will be stored from November. It was great to see that all the teachers were excited about the program.

Voluntuckers in Aug & Sep

Teru

A university student from Tokyo, Japan. Stayed for 2 weeks. He was introduced by a friend. He is studying to be an English teacher so his main work was to be an assistant teacher in the BBC (Building Bridges for Children) school. All the students and teachers just loved him and they still miss him a lot!

Kaho

A university student from Kitakyushu, Japan. She stayed for 2 weeks. She knew us through the seminar we did in her university when we were back in Japan in July. She used to belong to a tennis team so she introduced children to tennis in TTT. Currently she is still helping us by drawing pictures for Kamishibai.

Juco and Tristan

A mum and her 9 year old son from France are staying 3 months till end of November. Juco is an English teacher and also a children’s book author. She is helping our marketing and also writing a book about Cambodia and all the neighbours and animals love having Tristan around.

Khmer for this month

It means something like “fine” in English. It can also mean “how are you?” when you say it with a high inflection at the end and ”I’m good”, when you say it with a low

Baai Sacchuruk
(Pork Rice)

A typical Khmer breakfast consisting of flavors which can include soup, egg and pickles in different shops. Cost is about $1 USD
  

Things we need

If you have some books or toys which are sleeping in your garage or if you know any schools or a child care centre which is renewing their toys please let us know! We are still looking for more books and toys to add to our mobile library. Please contact us for more information!
Example of the things we need (All for 3-5 years olds)
  • Picture books, Kamishibai, Big books
  • Durable Toys (blocks、wooden puzzles etc…)
  • Coloured pencils, crayons, paints etc…
We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Adrian Paschkow

Adrian Paschkow

Love everything tuk tuk related and my life in Cambodia. Not an author but don't mind spinning a yarn for the benefit of this project.
Adrian Paschkow
/ Newsletter

Share the Post

About the Author

Love everything tuk tuk related and my life in Cambodia. Not an author but don’t mind spinning a yarn for the benefit of this project.

Comments

No comment yet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *