Tuk Talk – Election time & Celebrating our staff (Issue 10)

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: Tuk Tuk extended family. Farewell parties and cultural sharing, there is always a good reason to bring everyone together around dinner.

Tuk Talk – 10th Issue

July 2018

Hello to all our TT4C supporters. This month has been fairly mundane at the office but we have still been having a lot of fun of course with village visits to our cultural celebration night. We have also had some goodbyes and see you soon’s. We have had rain and a lot of sunshine and we are also taking a small break from Tuk Tuk Theatre and Tuk Tuk Mobile Library as Cambodia approaches election time.This will give us some extra office time to prepare for August!

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 News

1st of June was Children’s Day in Cambodia. One of the schools we go to with our Mobile Library invited us to join their ceremony so we contributed school supplies for kindergarten students. At the ceremony, students showed Pursat’s traditional dance called “Peacock Dance” and another Cambodian traditional dance called “Coconut Dance”. They did a great job! It’s great to see that students here have a chance to learn their traditional dances as part of their school curriculum and we were so happy to be there as a supporters of the school. 

Cultrure night comes to TT4C

In June, Niamh organised a culture night to bring the community around TT4C together to share all of our diverse and wonderful cultures. We had food from across the globe- Khmer dishes, Japanese curry, French Crepes and of course potatoes from Ireland! Everyone enjoyed playing a cultural music quiz- although the competition was intense!! We also shared dancing from our countries, which was a bit of a workout for us all, but great fun nonetheless. It’s so important for us all to celebrate and understand each other’s cultural identity in order to create a diverse community based on acceptance, this was an extremely fun and tasty way to ignite the spirit of integration!!

Celebrating our staff
Volunteers come and go at the Tukquarters and yet the staff are here continuously doing remarkable work. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge what Dala and Sokha have been doing this month. Dala has been writing an original song : ‘Round and round the village’, translating the lyrics from English to Khmer, She uses her creativity to translate the song to with a bit of a Khmer flavour that the kids can relate to. While on the other side of the office Sokha has been very specific about choosing the best pictures to highlight TT4C activities. She is the one in charge of our social media and she’s planning her posts way ahead making sure that TT4C followers don’t miss any of the action. A very BIG thanks to the both of them for making life at TT4C so enjoyable!

Sokha whispering some secret….
A rare picture of Dala smiling!
(She hates to have her photo taken)

Report for June

Tuk Tuk Theatre(TTT)

【Visits】 
12 times, 425 children【Movie for the month】  
Madagascar (All)
【Highlights】
This month we had some extra time in the villages to compensate for our absence in July, which ensured we showed the whole movie. It was a very fun month for Tuk Tuk Theatre as we varied activities from building blocks to ukuleles and of course the notorious Monkey game (which never fails to get the TTT team motivated). 
In the past Sokha has been shy to translate the movies for the kids but as her experience with English speakers grows, so does her confidence in her language. This month she was our lead translator and done a fantastic job. It is amazing to see her confidence grow as well as her English level. 

Tuk Tuk Mobile Library

Elections are serious business in Cambodia and as a non political organisation, we make sure to keep out of the way during election time. For this reason, we decided not to visit the kindergartens in June / July as the schools were already quite busy. We went through our stores of photos and picked out some great ones from our May / June visit to share with you instead. We Elections are on the 29th of July so we don’t anticipate going back to the kindergartens until the end of August which is the end of the school year.

Voluntukers in June

Niamh

At the end of June we said goodbye to Niamh after having her here for almost 7 months. She has been a big part of the family, creating a very special bond with Sokha, Dala and Maly. She has brought a lot of activity and fun to the office and has created great bonds with the children. She was definitely a party organiser, initiating some great nights to bring everyone together (must be an Irish Skill). She is staying in Cambodia but moving on to a different project. We look forward to her future visits.

Jack
It was also time to say goodbye to Jack. During his one month with us Jack has been a valuable help at the office, taking his time to prepare his English classes at DDSP and initiating swimming lessons twice a week with BBC. Jack quickly became a key member of the TT4C team. The kids loved him and so did we, we wish him good luck for his next projects.

Khmer for This Month

“​អត់” means “no”,  “បញ្ហា” means “problem” so together means “No problem”. Cambodian people are very relaxed and you will here “​អត់ បញ្ហា” in various situations. Anything you ask or say, they would reply with “​អត់ បញ្ហា!” for sure!

Food for This Month
“Sangvak”

A typical Cambodian snack. It’s like a baked fish cake covered with banana leaves. You eat with nombanhchok noodle, vegetables and fish sauce. You can see them on the street. Normally one plate has 10 sticks and comes with other things to eat with. 1 plate = $1.25.

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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