Picture date taken 10-18-2014
preparing for new school year
Picture date taken 10-17-2014
self defense practice
Picture date taken 10-13-2014
going to the church
Picture date taken 10-11-2014
Picture date taken 10-8-2014
I headed out from Phnom Penh to Compung Thum after I read about L in the newspaper. I met up with the local police and L’s mother to inform them about the services OBV offers. L’s mother asked for time to think things over. Two days later, L’s mother contacted me and signed the agreement for L to come and stay at the OBV home. L is 10 year-old and currently in 3rd grade. She was raped and her brother interenved after he heard her cry. Her parents are divorced and both have been remarried with new family of their own.
These days the children are competing for good grade and earning points for good conducts. For example, a child who earned 9.5 out of 10 on Khmer subject or 8 out of 10 in English class would have a negative mark removed from his/her record. At the same time, if a child noticed a dirty floor and voluntary picked up the broom to sweep the floor; or cleaned up his/her room or doing the dishes without being asked to do so also got a negative mark removed from his/her record. After the program was introduced, the children became more aware, well behaved and self-motivated.
In spite of summer, the children still learn English in the morning everyday. They are studying and exchanging views each other.
These are their activities as usual in the morning as well as in the afternoon of summer. Until October 10 the children come back to school and new school year will start.
Today, 5:30pm, I took the kids around and went to the KFC restaurant in the area near the night market of Phnom Penh to eat by Tuk Tuk.
Summer ended! The children competed and worked hard to earn good grades. All had stride with great effort in learning English, Khmer, martial arts, and obeying house's rules and schedules, even doing chores.
Now that the new school year began, the children's day will be filled with learning. There are 2 sessions each day – morning and afternoon with English and Khmer subjects. Nevertheless, they continue to stride and compete.
In 6 months (from Jan-Jun 2016), the OBV Cambodia family had 5 old children and 3 new children. Actually, we adopted 8 new children but 5 children weren't in the OBV Cambodia family anymore. The first one came back and joined in the OBV in Vietnam (Huong's case). The others were 14-15 years-old. Because of the loss of basic in grade 2 so they weren't interest in schooling. They just liked apprentice.
Unfortunately, the OBV doesn't have any training center for apprentices, so they just lived in the OBV for a short time and came back to their home.