Tuk Talk – PP book fair and teacher workshop (Issue 7)

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: Great physical ability of Cambodian child! He is only 1 and half years old and he can wheel the bicycle!l

Tuk Talk – 7th Issue

April 2018

Happy Khmer New Year!

It’s now the New Year in Cambodia, the celebration lasts from the 14th to the 16th of April. There are a variety of festivals for the New Year and every year the celebrations are growing bigger.
Pursat is progressing rapidly- in March two new air conditioned, foreign style cafes opened. Moreover, two weeks ago the city’s first traffic lights were installed! It will be interesting to see how Pursat will evolve over the next few years but we hope that the character of the city- that makes it so special-remains.

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

First Traffic Lights in Pursat

5th of April was Dala’s birthday!

Latest News

In mid March, we took a short trip to Phnom Penh to attend a book fair in the hope of finding new books and toys for the kindergartens here.

We discovered many Cambodian publishers as well as many other new and exciting things. There weren’t many books for the kindergarten age range but we did find some suitable books and toys for our library. One of the main reasons we went there was to check out the big books created by an organisation called Room to Read (https://www.roomtoread.org/) unfortunately they told us their books were not for sale. But we weren’t ready to give up easily, so we contacted them and amazingly they offered to donate some of their books to us! They donated a total of 6 big books and 25 normal books. We are extremely grateful for their kindness- thank you very much!!!

Also, we went to explore a craft market being held on the same day where we found a Cambodian made toy called Doy Doy (https://www.facebook.com/Doydoycompany/) . A young Cambodian man created this toy with the aim that it would enhance the creativity of children. We are very excited to introduce this Cambodian Toy to kindergartners!

Latest News

We held our 3rd workshop for kindergarten teachers on  29th of March. Almost all the teachers attended as well as the manager of the Early Childhood office of the Department of Education.

The contents of this workshop were: 1. Reviewing our songs 2. How to use the big books by Room to Read for story telling 3. Introducing toys that the teachers are unfamiliar with such as Doy Doy or toys donated from Japan 4. An introduction to some mathematics activities 5. Introducing art lessons that were planned by Juco, our former volunteer from France. All the teachers seemed to have a lot of fun and they could interact with each other and exchange different opinions so it was a really meaningful time for both us and the teachers.

Report for March

Tuk Tuk Theatre(TTT)

【Visits】 
10 times, 377 children【Movie for the month】  
Coco (1st, 2nd and 3rd part)
【Highlights】
In March, we had a soccer playing voluntuker called Shu, so we got to enjoy a lot of fun soccer playing. He even made a mini soccer goal for Tuk Tuk Theatre, which the children were so excited about!
Also, we introduced some toys from Japan in Tuk Tuk Theatre before we put them in our library for the kindergartens. It was not only the kindergarten aged children who loved the toys, but also some middle school children really enjoyed playing with the blocks and puzzles. We could really notice the importance of the toys for the children’s education and also for their enjoyment.

Tuk Tuk Mobile Library

We did our monthly visits to 6 kindergartens as well as the DDSP class. The topic for the month was food so we translated a Japanese song called Curry Rice into Khmer and introduced the Cambodian Curry Rice song to the children.
Also, Dala, Sokha and Maly noticed that some of the children in one of the schools we support didn’t have school uniforms, so they decided to collect some and pass them on to the school. The School principle was so grateful and he promised us he would hand out the uniforms to the children who needed them the most. Also Maly’s mother bought Khmer Alphabets Puzzles for each kindergartens. It’s great to see the support for education in the community here.

Voluntukers in March

Yann

Niamh led Yann to TT4C, he has travelled from France to Cambodia. He is planning to stay here for 4 months. In the morning he volunteers at DDSP’s Training Centre and in the afternoon,  he is helping TT4C by translating the website into French. Most importantly, his French crepes are the best!

Shu

Shu has been on a working holiday in Australia and he took one of his months to volunteer with us. He wanted to teach soccer to the children so he went to BBC in the every morning where taught the students soccer. Also he supported the English classes at BBC. In the afternoons, he helped us with editing videos (which we desperately needed!), translating books and also with Tuk Tuk Theatre. He made two soccer goals one for BBC and one for TT4C!

Niamh from Ireland and Ema from Italy were back as well so we have been a big and fun TT4C family 🙂

Khmer for This Month

“chhnganh ” is “delicious” and “nas” is “very”. Cambodian food is very mild (you can put as much chili you want if you like spicy!) so generally anyone can enjoy Khmer food.  When you are in Cambodia, you will be saying “chhnganh nas” a lot!

Food for This Month
“Khmer Curry”

Cambodian style curry. In April there is Khmer New Year and this is a typical food for New Year and even for other events. Normally the curry is eaten with bread or noodles called nombanchok.

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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