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December Newsletter

Svaychey Clean Water Project Update

Fantastic News – your support raised just over $2300 towards our Water Project. We are on track to commence mid-January 2017 and in good timeto collect vital water supplies during the wet season for the school and community. A big thank you from the families of Svaychey!

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Art Draw Winners

1st Prize – Kara (Bulli, NSW)

2nd Prize – Doris (Ingleburn NSW)

The draw took place on Tuesday 29th November 2016 with Marie Miller & Nora Timpano of Little and Loud Preschool, Woonona. The children of Little and Loud held a gold coin dress up day and sold tickets to family and friends. What a huge effort from the kids raising more than $500.
We are so pleased to continue working with Marie on our new Student Teacher Mentor Program commencing in January 2017.
Please talk to us if you believe you have skills you would be prepared to share to help the community of Svaychey Village.
Sponsor children in Cambodia

Mentoring Talented Students

As part of Svaychey English School’s mentoring and development program we have selected eight outstanding
students from disadvantaged families to be accelerated and mentored to achieve high results in national exams.
The aim is to support these students as they progress from primary school to secondary and tertiary education.
Students were selected based on criteria such as exam results, spoken English ability, attendance, eagerness to
achieve, attitude and family support. These students believe the program will help them improve their educational opportunities and theircircumstances in establishing a future career.
For the cost of a lunch out each week, you could assist with:
  • Tuition
  • Books / school supplies
  • Uniform
  • Advanced English Coaching

Be a part of the change and sponsor a child’s education today.

You can follow the progress of your sponsored student with updates of exam results and personal progress as
they complete each school year. The satisfaction of seeing these students progress into tertiary education is enormous.

Students Benefit from Learning English

Congratulations to our four students who have found employment. This is a wonderful outcome and we have nothing but praise for their diligence and dedication to their studies, particularly in English language. These boys are now on their way to reaching their goals of finding professional jobs that will help them to support their families.
CHHY CHHAT found work as a bell boy
VIBOL SAN found work as a receptionist
NIKA HON found work as a waiter
SAREN KHON found work at Coca Cola
Cambodian education sponsorship

Volunteer Teacher Program

So excited.…. we have Liam Horniblow returning to Svaychey for five weeks, Liam spent 10 weeks in the Village this time last year so we are thrilled to have him back. So are the kids no doubt, they really enjoyed his visit last year.
We also have a new Volunteer arriving at the school in January 2017, Yvonne Bradford. Yvonne has extensive experience in Education and particularly in ESL (English as a Second Language). During her stay Yvonne will be working with our Cambodian teachers using her experience in the area of ESL to develop a tailored curriculum targeted to the school environment in Cambodiaand focused on success.
Looking forward to updating you on both Liam and Yvonne’s stay in Svaychey in our next newsletter.
Volunteer teacher in Cambodia

Experience Cambodia and Be a Part of the Change

We are almost ready to launch our next major raffle which is all around travel, and what better place to go than Cambodia. The draw will run until our inaugural Fund Raising evening in September 2017 which you will all be
invited to.
First Prize includes airfare, accommodation, and a guided tour of some of Siem Reaps most sort out sites and
of course a visit to Svaychey English School. 2nd and 3rd prizes will be vouchers for destinations of your choice.
This will be our largest fundraiser to date, with the target being an extension on Svaychey School to host our
volunteer teachers and extend our Volunteer Program. We will also be funding the expansion of the Clean Water Project with Stage 2 being to build a tiled wash room for the children.
The community will be assisting with labour so we are looking to secure some volunteer experienced builders to lead the building project for 3 weeks last quarter of 2017.

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NEWS UPDATE

Svaychey Village School Clean Water Project

Step2Foundation is looking for sponsorship to provide a rain water tank and system to the primary school.

Today in Cambodia, the dry seasons are getting longer and good quality fresh water is becoming scarcer across many communities, including Svaychey Village.

This system will enable the school to collect vital water supplies of up to 6000 litres in the wet season to maintain their requirements for fresh water during the dry season. Currently the old outdated well pump used in the school is inadequate, both in the quantity and quality of water it produces. This new system will ensure clean filtered water and tap facilities are easily accessible to the children.

This project has been costed at approx. US$8,000 to US$10,000. Any donations towards this project would be appreciated.

Please contact us or donate to support this very vital rain water tank.

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Bringing Cambodian Art to Sydney

This is an excellent way to bring the two cultures together – a local artist from Siem Reap who is working to promote and sell their art abroad and to raise funds for our Water Project in Svaychey Village School.

By making a donation of just $5 you will receive 1 entry into our draw to win one of the artworks. For a $20 or more donation you will receive 5 entries into the draw.

The funds raised from this Fund Raising page will go directly to our Svaychey Water Tank project. Draw closes 31st November 2016.

Step2Foundation believes that the talented Cambodian artists are to be celebrated and communicated to the rest of the world and we believe there is no better way than by helping the children of Cambodia along with the artists of Siem Reap.

More artworks are planned for the New Year with an annual fund raising event. Details will be communicated to all our supporters soon.

Donate here for your chance to win.

Step2Foundation Gains Charity Status
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We are proud to say that the Step2Foundation has gained Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission’s endorsement. The foundation is now registered on the Australian Charities Register and a as a result, the Australian Tax Office has granted us Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Status.

From 27th January 2016 all donations to Step 2 Foundation are fully tax deductible. You should have already received your Tax Statement for 2015/2016.

Fantastic Student Results

In our recent term exams, our student achieved great results. In particular, the following top eight students across all our grades achieved a mark of between 85% and 100%. In addition to their exam mark, they also scored highly in attendance, motivation, and class participation. This is also largely due to the hard work of our dedicated teachers and volunteers. We thank you.

Each of these students received Certificates of Merit and a small gift for their hard work.
Sopheak Chhun
Sovann Lach
Nisai Tho
Sophanit Van
Samros Kong
Sopheak Khon
Reaksa Ron
Chenda Nhok

Kids at Exams 1

Helping the Students of Lolei Village in Siem Reap, Cambodia

This project is a newly established assistance program offering food and school supplies to the school and community of Lolei Village, a regional community with limited employment opportunities. Lolei is located in the Brasat Bakong District, 14kms east of Siem Reap. There are 39 students and a further 18 families that live in and around the school, some with and some without family support.

Many of these children have lost one or both of their parents, a large number have lost their fathers. There is a lack of general supplies within the village in particular nutritional food. Step 2 Foundation is committed to work toward closing this gap.

Step2Foundation is now working with their local NGO to run a Rice Project and distribute to families each month, along with school supplies to assist with their English School. This project fits well with Step2Foundation’s objectives and aligns directly with our philosophy to support and provide safe and healthy environments for children to learn.

We have currently committed to provide 600 kilograms of rice, some seasoning and sauces which is used with local grown vegetables as available to provide daily meals. In addition, we have committed to providing school supplies to the English School with a view to working to build better school facilities for the children of this community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Carolyn and Phil Cornish for the generous donations to this project.

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Student Teacher Program

We now have 4 student teachers working with our head teacher Sokly Chhay on improving their teaching skills and assisting in the classroom with English. They receive specific teacher training four hours per week and assist in the classroom teaching both Khmer and English. As their skills improve they will spend more time in the English Classes.

Our philosophy at Step2Foundation is to support local youth by giving them employment opportunities.
All of the students have completed year 12 and are anticipating a career in teaching. A BIG THANK YOU!

Two of the student teachers are now sponsored by regular donors, this has made an incredible difference to these women’s lives.

Would you like to make a difference? We are looking for two sponsors to donate $50 per month for each of the other two student teachers.

Donate here to support one of these dedicated young women.

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Our First Volunteer – Liam Horniblow

Volunteer teacher in Cambodia

My experience teaching in Siem Reap, Cambodia at Svaychey Village

In December 2015, just prior to Christmas, I was provided with the wonderful opportunity to head to Svaychey Village which is approximately 20km east of Siem Reap Cambodia to teach English to 160 students from age 5 to 18.

I was both very excited and also nervous. This was the first time I had ever been in another country for a period longer than a couple of weeks. At first it was very overwhelming, to witness a village where the way of living was very different to what I was used to in Australia. It took me a week to settle in to living in the village but after a week this different lifestyle became much easier.

Settling in to Village Life

Home stay at the village gave me a wonderful insight into how the locals live and allowed me to create some wonderful friendships with the adults and children of the village. I have to say that living in the actual village was tremendously helpful as it allowed me to feel a part of the community and it assisted greatly in my teaching and understanding of the students. The locals in the village were extremely friendly which also made it very easy for me to settle in. Also, I cannot speak more highly of the family that have been providing me with wonderful support by way of daily meals and general advice and friendship when I’ve needed it.

The Village is like my second home, even though there have been times when the cultural and language barrier has been challenging, I have been able to adapt to this wonderful way of life as it builds character and confidence for me personally.

 

Liam-in-classroom

The school at the village is also amazing and this is a credit to the fine work that has been done by Zeynep and the Step2Foundation.

My first day teaching at the school was extremely enjoyable and has remained like that since I started. The students are simply amazing and continue to surprise me with their understanding and speed of learning. They really value the importance of learning English and always try very hard to improve every day. The English teacher Sok has been a fantastic support to me and also to the students.

The Rewards of Volunteer Teaching

Since I arrived 2 months ago I have seen a significant improvement in all of the students and the teacher Sok. He is extremely important to the school and without him the kids would be unable to learn English. Sok has shown a major interest in improving his English for the benefit of the children and I believe we have worked really well together. I am so grateful for all his help and feel confident that he has also gained a better understanding of English from my own teaching. The school has students ranging from kindergarten to year 12 and operates from 8:00am to 7:00pm at night.

For me personally, this has been a life changing event that has provided me with an appreciation for the many cultural differences that exist between Cambodia and Australia. Not only have I taught them but they have also taught me a lot about teaching and many other life lessons I will take with me forever.

I strongly recommended this experience to anyone that wants to be a part of an extremely unique cultural experience and to teach English to students that would be extremely grateful and kind in return.

I can be contacted via email: lhornibl@deakin.edu.au should you have any questions on this amazing life experience.

Interested in volunteering with the Step2Foundation?

Contact the Step2Foundation or Volunteer Abroad directly to find out more.

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