Tuk Talk – Ukuleles galore and Japanese Calligraphy (Issue 14)

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: Japanese Calligraphy Time! Everyone did a great job!

Tuk Talk – 14th Issue

November 2018

Hi to all the TT4C supporters. How are you all? In Cambodia, the rainy season has come to an end and we were hoping to cool down a bit but it hasn’t cooled that much… The Water Festival mentioned in the last newsletter is in a week and it seems like the boat race is really happening in Pursat.  We will tell you more in the next newsletter 🙂 We had a very busy October and a lot of news so please read it all!


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 Ukulele Program Sponsored by Bondi Ukuleles has Started with New Music Teacher!

One of TT4C’s corporate sponsors, Bondi Ukuleles, is funding and supplying technical support to do ukulele classes for kindergarten teachers. To do that, we have hired a new music teacher, Phan Ey. We recruited him from our neighbor province, Battambang. In Battambang there is an NPO art school called Phare Ponleu Selpak where he is a student. He comes to TT4C three days a week. Stringed instruments are his specialty but he can also play the piano and traditional Khmer instruments, as well as compose music. So he will be helping us not only with the ukulele for teachers but ukulele for children and music creation for kindergarten. Also our other staff member Fy, is a very good singer so Phan Ey and Fy are performing at TTT and all the kids love them!

Latest News② A School visit in Japan

We had a chance to visit a school in Japan where our TT4C supporter, Duncan, works. The reason for our visit was of course to attend the classes and talk with the students about Cambodia but also to say thank you and receive book donations. One of the English teachers, Mr. Yamakawa, asked his students to donate a book and then translate it into English. What a great project and an awesome way for kids in another country to get involved! Thanks so much year 9 students and also thank you very much Mr. Yamakawa and Duncan for organising this visit. Finally a big thank you to Fukuoka Kyoikudai Fuzoku Fukuoka Junior High School for having us!

Latest News③ Visited Kiwanis Club Fukuoka

We were invited to introduce TT4C at Fukuoka Kiwanis Club. When Fukuoka Kiwanis Club had their 40 years anniversary 2 years ago, they became the sister club with Cambodia Kiwanis Club and were interested in organisations working in Cambodia. We are really grateful to have such an opportunity and hope we can work together in the future!

Latest News④ Journeys English Studio held Translation Event for TT4C
One of our sponsors, Journeys English Studio, held a translation event for TT4C. Students who study English at Journeys and students who study Japanese at Genki JACS participated and they translated more than 30 donated books in 5 hours! Thank you very much for all the hard work! We have taken these books back to Cambodia and they will get translated into Khmer soon!
After the event, we went for dinner at the only Cambodian restaurant in Fukuoka, Siem ReapThe chef there is Ms. Sros who is Khmer and she cooks great Cambodian home food! If you ever visit Fukuoka, please visit her!
Thank you again to everyone who participated from Journeys English Studio and GenkiJACS!!

Latest News⑤ Brought back about 120kg of donation to Cambodia

From October visits to Japan, we were able to bring 120kg of donations including books and toys. We were lacking many toys for the new school year so this was a great help! Thank you very much to everyone who donated! We have enough to start, but more books and toys (especially toys) would be great so we are still looking for more! Our next visit will be Australia in December so if you are in Australia and have something, please let us know!

There are many ways you can help to support us. Of course you can donate here… for as little as $2 per month but money is not the only way to help. Did you know that just by forwarding this newsletter to your friends or by liking and sharing our facebook posts or instagram posts, you can get the message out there and help to power our “Education Tukalution”.

Report for October

Tuk Tuk Theatre(TTT)

8 times, 288 children

【Movie for the month】  
Story Telling “Colours of Cambodia”
Story Telling “Hungry Caterpillar”
Early Man (Part 1)


We had a week holiday for Phchum Ban but after the holiday, we did a lot! We continued to read the story “Colours of Camboida” and we also read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” which we brought back from Japan. The kids had not seen a book this size, so they were all excited.

Also, in addition to our old and new games, we had two exciting events at TTT. One was ukulele lessons by Phan Ey. We only did it last month in one village so this time, we did it in all villages. Ukulele attracted not only children but adults too! Because everyone was so interested, we started to organise proper ukulele lessons for kids in the future.

We also did a Japanese Calligraphy workshop with Keiko who is currently a JICA volunteer in Pursat. It was their first time to experience calligraphy but everyone did such a great job! It was great to see the proud faces of kids and they were very excited to take the art home to show to their families.

Tuk Tuk Mobile Library

Only one month to go until the new school year starts! So there was lots of preparation… but Dala has gone, Sokha has been busy with the registeration of Rermork for Children so there was only Fy who had to translate translate translate!

After Pchum Ban, we had Phan Ey and our new volunteer Kazu, so Kazu has been organising new toys and Phan Ey has been preparing songs for kindergarten. We brought this kamishibai of a song, called “Banana flew away” so Phan Ey and Yasuko who is another JICA vopunteer in Pursat are working on it to make it Khmer. We will upload on youtube when it’s ready!

Voluntukers in October

In October, we had to say good bye to Niamh for the second time. But we welcomed Kazu who is back for the second time with TT4C. Fy’s Khmer lesson has started too. Also Two JICA volunteers, Yasuko and Keiko have been helping us since they are on school holiday so the office was very lively as usual 🙂


This is Kazu’s second time to volunteer at TT4C. Last time he came in March 2017 so things had changed a lot for him! He is a qualified kindergarten teacher in Japan so he has a lot of ideas for our kindergarten project. Plus he is really good with children so kids love him! This time, he is here for 6 month as an intern so he will be helping in both library project and TTT project more deeply!

Niamh’s farewell party at Pursat’s famous Sky Bar (only 4th floor…)
Fy’s Khmer lesson

Khmer for This Month

Must know for when you go shopping, “How much is it?” You can use either the full version “tamlei bonman?” or “tamleiman?” as well. The answer will of course be in Khmer but don’t worry! If you bring pen and paper around all the time, they can write a number for you. Numbers in Khmer is very simple but can be very confusing too… wait till next month!
Food for This Month:
“Prohat & Pontiacon”
Very typical street food, Prohat (fried food) and Pontiacon (embryo egg). Prohat is fried vegges with fish and meat cakes. They are a very tasty snack so when you feel like junk, it’s the best option. Pontiacon is the egg with the chick in it. It is very popular here because it’s full of protein. We wont but if you want, try once in Cambodia!

Things we need

We will be back in Australia in December. 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!

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +855(10)256-800
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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