Tuk Talk – Our partner NGO and new voluntukers (Issue 3)

PHOTO OF THE MONTH:: Loving the parachute!

Tuk Talk – Third Issue

December 2017

Merry Chirstmas! Sorry our December issue has been a bit more delayed than usual. Are you having a good holiday season? Getting cold (or hot for those who are down under!) ? In Cambodia, November till January is the cooler season and especially December is the coldest for Cambodians. Everyone wears winter clothes because it gets down to 15℃! (Although during day is around 25℃). Our staff Dala and Sokha, and our new Khmer volunteer, Maly caught a cold and they are now reffered to as “Team tissue”.

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 once again, we appreciate and look forward to your future support.  

Introduction of our Partner NGO Vol.1

From this issue, we would like to introduce our partner organisations.
The first NGO is Building Bridges for Children (BBC). They are a local Khmer organisation and based in Pursat. They have been supporting us since we became an independent organisation.

BBC is a local NGO. They run English school for children and also do community support programs. The school has 3 sessions. Morning and afternoon classes are for primary school students and 3 classes each. They also have 2 evening classes for secondary students. There are about 250 students all together. For the TT4C volunteers who are interested in teaching English, we send them to assist English classes in BBC.

Also we support BBC with school beautification projects. When we have volunteers who are good at arts, we ask them to make the school environmental nicer so students want to come to school more.

Report for November

Tuk Tuk Theatre(TTT)

In November, there was a Water Festival holiday so we only did TTT in 5 villages.
AND!! Our new volunteer Ema, started to drive the Tuk Tuk for us!

【Visits】
7times, 287 children   
【Movie for the month】
Mulan(3rd part)
Pocahontas (1st part)
【Highlights】
Children love the toys from Australia so we did more games with them. Also they are really into skipping rope and we showed them Japanese primary school Ginnes Recode for one style of skipping rope, so now we are trying to beat the recode….!!!???
Also this month, we took our parachute out after a few months of being out of play. This parachute is made by the local sewers in Pursat. Children love to play with it so when we took it out from the Tuk Tuk, there were so many excited voices! We played many different games like “Tiger eats a cow!” “build a house” or “Monster Game”.

Tuk Tuk Mobile Library

Finally, the new school year started in November. We delivered books and toys for  5 kindergartens and books to a kindergarten and a special education class. In our visit this month, we taught a song, read kamishibai which was created by our former volunteer Juco, and also introduced a game with picture cards we started to lend for teachers.This is our first time to lend toys so we are very excited to see how it goes!

Special Activities in Novemver

We were invited to join a three day trip with Singaporean donors by Pursat’s local NGO Pursat Almini. The first day, we went to a meeting with Pursat Governors and we got an opportunity to present about TT4C for all important government officials in Pursat. (The photo on the left is with Pursat No.2 person). The 2nd day and 3rd days, we visited 2 schools in Taro, Bakan District (about 100km away from the Pursat town) and 2 schools in the middle of nowhere in Vealveng district (about 120km away).We were asked to give our toothbrush training there and we donated 250 sets of toothbruses and toothpastes. Pursat is the 4th biggest Province in Cambodia by size so there are still a lot of places that are difficult to travel too. The schools we visited this time were also in a far away area from the main roads and road condition was really bad. Even the tractors couldn’t get through after the light rain. We heard that people decided to stay in such places in order to have land for themselves (illegally). We really hope that in the near future, there will be better education opportunities in such places.

Voluntukers in November

Maly

We now have a Khmer vounteer! She is the daughter of our Cambodian family. She comes to volunteer with us in the mornings and helps Dala and Sokha to translate books etc. She loves to talk as well so our office is now even more fun. (they become very quiet when they are concentrating!) She will be with us for one year till she goes to university.

Emannuele

Emannuele is a welder from Italy and we call him Ema. He originally came for 2 weeks but he will be with us more than a month. He goes to BBC in the morning to help the classes and in the afternoon he is with us to fix around the office and Tuk Tuk! We are trying to change the Tuk Tuk into James Bond Tuk Tuk! Adrian is really happy to have the help. While Adrian and Mayu are back in Japan, he is the Tuk Tuk driver for TT4C.

Khmer for This Month

nyam” is “to eat”, “baai” is “rice”, “haui nau?” is “already”. Khmer people use this phrase as often as “hello”. It’s because eating is the most important thing in their culture like other Asian cultures! When you visit a friend or even a shop, you will be asked a lot. How to answer? “haui haui” is yes, already, and “nau” is “not yet”

今Food for this month
“Nom Bonhchok Khmer”

Same as the issue before, this one is also really common for Cambodian breakfast and snacks. It originally came from Vietnam but now it’s Cambodian as well. One for 2000 riel to 3500 riel. Depends on where you buy, you can choose from pork, chicken or fish.

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!

【Contact】*English, Japanese and Khmer languages are available
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://www.tuktuk4children.org/
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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.
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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.

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