Stueng HavToni went out to Stueng Hav with Thet, from M'lop Tapang (a very large Sihanoukville based charity that do extraordinarily good work with Children) to check how things were going. We have committed to helping fund a covered area for children to use at the main school. The school and teachers at Stueng Hav are financed by the kind donations of a charitable group from Germany, "Future for Steng Hau" (Zukunft fuer Steng Hau e.V.) as with everyone they struggle with funds and do the best they can.
Construction has started on the extensions funded by "Future for Steng Hau" (Zukunft fuer Steng Hau e.V.) which include a new library/computer room.
"Future for Steng Hau" (Zukunft fuer Steng Hau e.V.) run a spoke and hub type model, with many smaller classes often under houses and behind small shops in other parts of the village. The facilites where the classes are run outside the centre are of course very basic.
|School-ette under a local house|
Painful TruthToni was also able to meet with a woman, who has a life threatening stomach problem of some sort (twisted intestine perhaps). She is unable to afford the $4000 surgery needed to save her life, an Operation, that can't be done in Cambodia and needs her to fly to Vietnam.
|Living her last days on a bamboo matt on a concrete floor|
She has two children, she is left to live out her life on a bamboo matt, on the concrete floor of the local Wat. We donated $50 for materials to fix the roof of a building closer to the toilets as she has to be carried there daily by an older woman, who helps the monks care for the lady. Toni gave $20, a small amount of money to buy food, water to live on until she dies in the very near future, what to do, such is life in Cambodia. We also gave $30 to the Monks to help with expenses in looking after the two children.
|Donation to Monk for child support|
Longer term we hope the kids will be moved to Sihanoukville, under the auspices of M'Lop Tapang. Thank you to the donors back in Aus. for allowing us to help.
English Teacher at Goodwill Center
Our recent 12 month commitment ($32pm x 12mths = $384) to help partially fund a new English teacher in conjunction with HtCC has borne fruit The classes have started and are well attended. The Khmer teacher is paid $50 per month for teaching part time, 5 days a week. He had worked at the Center (yes they use the American spelling of Centre!) before and left to complete his Bachelor of Education.
The kids love him and the classes are going well.