Tuk Talk – Rotary club of Vagraville joins TT4C (Issue 8)

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: Tuk Tuk Family Trip. We watched the sunrise at Angkor Wat, it was the first time for the girls.

Tuk Talk – 8th Issue

May 2018

How are all our TT4C supporters? Here, the rainy season has started already so we are enjoying having a cool breeze in the afternoons after the rain. It’s another khmer holiday season this time for the King’s birthday, so most people are enjoying a 4 day holiday! But at Tuk Tuk we are busy getting ready for our new project so no time for a holiday… We will tell you all about it in the next news letter, hopefully you’ll be as excited as we are!

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.  

Latest News①

We had another Tooth Brush Training in April, the training was handed over to us from a volunteer friend. The first training was last October and November in the 5 TTT villages and some schools. This time, we had donations of 200 kids toothbrushes from Australia and also a big mouth for demonstrating. We also received some grant money from the Rotary Club of Vagraville for this project which we are very thankful for as it enables us to extend the training beyond the TTT villages to the 6 kindergartens and the DDSP class.
In Cambodia, sugar is a key ingredient in cooking while sweets, artificial snacks and sugary drinks are widely accessible at schools. Hence, many children are dealing with missing or rotting teeth. We hope through this project we can bring awareness to both kids and adults about the importance of dental care..

Latest News②
For Khmer New Year in April we had a Tuk Tuk family trip for 3 nights. We chose Siem Reap as the destination as Dala had never been before. We felt so happy to see her face as she looked at the Angkor Wat temples for the first time. Maly’s family joined us for a day as well so our whole big family got together in this very special place in Cambodia! We spent a day playing mini golf with the girls, the course was a miniature version of Angkor Wat! (http://www.angkorwatputt.com). Maly was the only one who made a hole in one! On our last night, we went to see a Phare Circus show wich Sokha was ready to video from start to finish! (https://pharecircus.org) We all had an amazing experience especially while watching the incredible acrobatic performances. It was such a short trip but renting a house for us all to live together helped us become an even stronger family. We are already envisaging next year as somewhere near the ocean- another place we want Dala to see for the first time…
※Don’t worry, this trip was paid for privately 🙂

The (almost) whole TT4C family!
At mini golf 🙂 Adrian was the first place…
Hiking up to the Baken Mountain, one of the temples in Angkor area.
With the performers at Phare Circus! They were amazing!!!

Report for April

Tuk Tuk Theatre(TTT)

【Visits】 
8 times, 276 children【Movie for the month】  
Tooth Brush Training
Ferdinand (1st part)
【Highlights】
In early April, we had 3 new short term volunteers to bring us some joy! Before the Khmer New Year holidays, we did the Tooth Brush Training instead of showing a movie at the villages. The kids even remembered the Tooth Brushing Song we introduced half a year ago! It was great to see that everyone was excited to get their first child sized toothbrushes and we hope we have given them the incentive to use them at home.
Also because it was Khmer New Year, we played typical Khmer New Year games such as rice bag racing, kroma throwing game, fruit biting game and tug of war. This month the biggest hit was the Monkey game where one person becomes a monkey and tries to catch the ball as is thrown around the group (Dala is very competitive at this game).

Tuk Tuk Mobile Library

Our monthly visit couldn’t happen as April was school holidays. Instead, we started our May visits at the end of April. The topic for May is “Seasons”. It’s related with nature, so we choose “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Khmer version” as our Monthly song. Kaishibai for this month was from this great book site called “Let’s Read” (https://www.letsreadasia.org/). They have books online and we can download everything for free. We modified the books into Kamishibai and started to share with all the kindergartens. We are trying to make our own Kamishibai as well and one of our new goals is to share our own kamishibai on the site. We also got pictures from teachers of the children reading books and playing with toys. We hope to continue expanding our library. 

Voluntukers in April

Nicole&Damon

Nicole comes to Cambodia every year. This time, she brought her son for his first trip to Cambodia and they decided to visit us. She found out about us on facebook and organised to bring toothbrushes for the children and a model mouth for demonstration. They also brought many book donations from Australia and they even helped to build some shelves to tidy up our office space!

Ella

Our friend introduced her to us and while it was only a short visit, from the very first day we felt like she was here for months! She was really admired at TTT. Her company in Ireland has great ways to support charities and she promised us to come back next year as well. 

Chris

Chris from Australia was volunteering as an English teacher in Phnom Penh first and then came to TT4C. She will be here for 4 months! She has been supporting BBC school as an English assistant and she’s great in the villages at TTT (the older women at the villages love her). She is an expert gardener and has constructed a beautiful garden at our office with the help of Niamh, Yann and the local kids. Plus, she has got a very green project started with Yann at DDSP… and addition to all of this, she has a role of being our “mum” (or our “Mother Nature”).

Khmer for This Month

“Nyam” is “to eat”, “Aoy” is “to give” and “ch’aet” is “full”. It means ” Eat till you are full!” When you are invited to a dinner, you will hear this 100%! And if you eat A LOT, they will be very happy 🙂

Food for This Month
“Kuy Teav”

One of the Cambodian typical breakfast. There are pork version and beef version but our recommendation is beef version. Add some lime and Cambodian herbs to make it even tastier! (Local Cambodian people add more sugar, pepper and cili sauce too!) US$1-2.5.

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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