Tuk Talk – Japan donations and new volunteers (Issue 4)

PHOTO OF THE MONTH:: Reading our first original story “Usapia” by Juco @Tuk Tuk Theatre

Tuk Talk – Fourth Issue

January 2018

It’s a bit late but… Happy New Year to all the TT4C supporters! In Cambodia, New Year comes in April so it doesn’t feel like it’s new year, but Adrian and Mayu spent New Year in Japan and now they are back to Cambodia with fresh ideas and a lot of new donations for children in Cambodia! Thank you very much for those who helped us!
We wish you all the best in 2018!


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

Japan Report

From mid December to January, Adrian and Mayu visited Japan. For this visit, they have been asking for book and toy donations and thank you for all your support. We managed to get more than 100kg of donations back to Cambodia. Thank you so much! We will be adding this new equipment to our library soon. Also we were invited to 2 universities and an English school to give presentations about TT4C while we were in Japan. Thank you for giving us such special opportunities!

Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus(SFC)
One of Mayu’s teachers from university who is also a supporter of TT4C invited us to have a talk in her class. A few students were interested in volunteering with us so are looking forward to hearing from them in the school vacation. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!
Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University
NPO Smiley Flowers (https://www.smileyflowers.org) who supportsTT4C introduced us to this university in Fukuoka. We were invited to their English Lounge and a lot of students participated. There were many questions from the students and even after an hour, there were quite a few students that came up and continued to talk to us. One of them is now our virtual volunteer and making background music for us! They also gave us their original picture books which are made by the students. Thank you so much! We hope that we can visit them again when we are back in Fukuoka.
Joueneys English Studio
We got to do our end of year presentation at our big supporter, Journeys English Studio in Fukuoka. Kaho who volunteered with us in September came along as well and talked about her experience with us.
Later Journeys English Studio held a Charity Christmas Game Party for us and we had a lot of fun. We were happy that they loved our prizes from Cambodia! Thank you very much again, Journeys Team and students for all your support! (http://www.journeys.jp/)
A book shop which is in Kita-Nagoya City, Ido-ehonya/Kodomo Furuhon-ten donated 1000 books! When we went back to Japan the last time, we were looking for a second hand book shop and found them online. They are a mobile second hand picture book shop and also do story telling at wherever they visit. http://www.idouehonya.com/
They sent us 600 books first so we took them all back in June and more this time. There are so many great picture books but we haven’t been able to translate them all yet. We are adding them to our library slowly but surely. Thank you again! When we are back the next time, we would love to visit and learn the way they do story telling!
An educational company in Japan, Pygli, donated some educational toys for our library. We contacted them to ask if they can share their instruction book for toys that were previously donated, they kindly donated not only the books we asked but the toys themselves. Thank you very much!www.pygli.com/


Report for December

Tuk Tuk Theatre(TTT)

Juco and Tristan came to visit us again in early December! We Juco’s story at TTT and the children loved it. While Adrian and Mayu were away, Dala, Sokha, Ema and our new volunteer Niamh continued TTT. There were some minor technical problems but everyone had fun including the children.

10 times, 425 children
【Movie for the month】
Pocahontas (2nd part)
Short Disney films
We enjoyed a game from Spain called the “Bomb Game” ! Children loved the visit of Juco and Tristan as well. While Adrian who is an expert (?) of machines is gone, we had some trouble showing them movies but with the help from the villagers, we managed everything. With the new members, children enjoyed playing games with them.

Tuk Tuk Mobile Library(TTML

Dala and Sokha (sometimes with Maly and Niamh) visited 6 kindergartens and handed out our original kamishibai frames and 2 Cambodian kamishibai stories.  Teachers were busy because they hadn’t settled in since last month so they hadn’t really used our library yet, but they were happy for our visit!

Latest News

We got a new grant from “THE SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION OF J.O.C.V.” for our Tuk Tuk Mobile Library project.  This allows us to hold more workshops by Khmer professional story tellers for kindergarten teachers. We will keep updating you about this!

Voluntukers in December

This month, we had a new volunteer Niamh as well as Ema and Maly. Also a few virtual volunteers were active too for example Kaho finished kamishibai pictures, and a few voluntukers from Canada, Japan and Australia are making background music for kindergarten songs.


Irish.19 years old. She has been in Pursat and she started to volunteer with TT4C from December for a longer period of time. Her efficiency allows a lot of work to get done! She is the oldest of 4 siblings so she is also good with children so the children at TTT love her too.

Khmer for This Month

Angkuy” is “to sit”, “Leng” is “to play” and “Sen” is like “for now”. It means like “Take a seat and have a rest for now.”
When you visit someone or when you go shopping and have to wait a bit, you will always hear this phrase. It’s very important for Khmer people because they like to chat sitting rather than standing.

Food for This Month

Banhsong is considered to be a snack. People eat this for morning tea or afternoon tea. White noodles with sweet but refreshing sauce and served with fried spring rolls and fresh veggies and herbs.

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://tuktuk4children.org/
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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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