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Here you will read regular updates from inside Anjali. Hear from our students, participants in our Young Adult Program, volunteers, staff, and more! Stay up to date with all the latest happenings by following us on Facebook or sign up for our monthly Newsletter for an in-depth look at our activities, fundraising goals, and for more ways to get involved.
We, at Anjali House, aim to foster a vibrant learning environment in which our volunteers from across the world play a huge role. For the students at Anjali House, many of whom have never travelled outside Siem Reap, this is a great way to get worldly wise.
Beginning this month, we will be sharing articles authored by our volunteers on how they are leveraging their skills for the benefit of our children. We begin this series called, ‘The Volunteer Desk’ with Mart and Sigrid who are studying to be organizers of international sports events.read more
Because we want to ensure that our teachers are giving out their best, last month we organised a workshop with the goal of teaching them the importance of teamwork, and how developing skills that promote team work is beneficial for the learning environment and the individual students.read more
Sexual abuse of children is a complex problem to deal with because of the nature of the abuse and the taboo surrounding it. On 24th August, Anjali House and First Step Cambodia organized a workshop for 30 development workers to raise awareness about sexual abuse on boys by dispelling myths surrounding it.read more
Our Khmer Director, Simon Ke, has witnessed and guided Anjali House through out these years. Her quiet determination and gentleness is the nurturing force behind the change Anjali House has been able to bring about. This month the focus is on tracing the development of Anjali House through her ever smiling eyes.read more
Anjali House was born out of a simple idea of impacting the lives of the young Khmer generation so that they can be the change they want to see. Back in 2005, it began quite literally with the Angkor Photo Festival motivating young children to see and capture their world through the camera and they are, till today, our longest standing friendship.read more
For so many families in the province of Siem Reap, the simple act of surviving requires strength and everyday commitment. This is the story of a woman, her family, their struggles and how they found help and hope for a better future, illustrated by Lilu Herlambang.read more
From the first day on, photography has always been a part of Anjali House. It is a way of expression that our students have used since the founding of the NGO, and it is still having an impact both locally and abroad. Anjali House came to life as a project of the Angkor Photo Association, and Angkor Photography Festival Association in 2005. Back then, a group of photographers got together to promote photography and highlight humanitarian issues in Southeast Asia. Ever since, Photography has played a key role in the development of Anjali House. Over the course of one week, the students are provided with cameras and guided in small groups to capture what interests them. In the past, the workshops have provided a platform to the students to look at photography as an alternate career path, putting forth professional photographer Roun Ry who is now volunteering at Anjali House. Recently some of the photographs of the Anjali House students were displayed in an auction at a local Non-Profit Cafe called Fat Panda’s, which supported Anjali House in June. The event was combined with a food and wine tasting and gave everyone a closer insight into Cambodia through the lens of our students.The photographs of the students also gained some international recognition this month with “Le Monde”, one of the most influential magazines in France, featuring photographs taken during the Angkor Photo Festival...read more
In June, nine of our younger students visited Rehash Trash, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting underprivileged families while collecting and recycling plastic bags to save the environment. During their visit, our students learned how to turn old to new and learned a valuable lesson about recycling. The students arrived in the morning and spent a couple of hours at Rehash Trash, following each step in the work process together with the employees. They got creative while also learning a lesson about sustainability and the importance of recycling. By collecting approximately 5000 plastic bags per week, the enterprise has a lot of materials to work with, which gets recycled into bracelets, purses, baskets and even dresses. Before starting the creative process however, the materials had to be cleaned thoroughly to get rid of germs and make for a prettier end product. By cutting the bags into stripes, they can be crocheted into many different shapes, turning old trash into something new. With a little help from the Rehash Trash employees, the students picked up the method quite fast. Each student started their own little project for the day, making a personal accessory they could take home afterwards. After an afternoon of busy crocheting, the students ended up with keychains, bracelets and a proud smile on their faces. Educating our students about issues like sustainability in an engaging way helps them to develop a mindful attitude from a young age. By supporting our Education Program, you can help our students develop into healthy, well-adjusted young adults, equipped with the skills and support they need be successful in their future endeavours. Become a monthly...read more
At Anjali House we encourage our students to think for themselves using their creativity and imagination rather than limiting them with patterns of how to think. Dreams are an essential part of growing up and at Anjali House, we strive to encourage our students to express what they dream about. Watch the video. Learning, growing and expressing themselves independently is a vital step in every child’s development. Simon Ke, Director of Anjali House comments: “During 10 years of running educational activities, we observed that the children at Anjali House are motivated and enthusiastic about their education. In public education in Cambodia, children are used to reproducing what teachers tell them and are not pushed to think for themselves. At Anjali House the children learn how to think, not just to copy.” Following this principle, we wanted to give some of our students the opportunity to express themselves completely without confinements and just dream and be kids for a while. With a group of 16 students, we took some time off to dream, without mistaking it for goals and other worldly parameters of success. The kids watched “Alice in Wonderland” and were asked what they dream about. They drew on paper whatever came to their mind and were free to express themselves freely. Putting the students at the heart of their own learning is a key principle that outlines our educational programs. We do this by offering organic gardening activities that teach our students to work independently and grow their own vegetables, by running Workshops in Photography and Creative writing as well as many other artistic activities. We need your support to help us develop our students into healthy, well-adjusted young adults, equipped with the skills and support they need be successful in their future endeavors: Become a Monthly...read more
Sokteang was a student at Anjali House for more than ten years and is now part of our team of volunteer teachers. Sharing his knowledge with the current students as a volunteer is his way to give back to Anjali House and the community. This is his story. “My name is Preab Sokteang and I am 20 years old. Before 2004 I lived with my family in the Prev Vihear Province, but then my parents divorced and separated so my two sisters and I had to stick together. Around that time, I also heard about Anjali House for the first time, from one of my friends who is a student here as well. Eventually my older sister found a job in Siem Reap and we moved over. With the help of Anjali House, I was then able to go to school and receive an education. The three of us have lived together ever since. By now I am in the last year of high school while attending continuing education classes at the Australian Centre for Education (ACE) in Siem Reap. My favourite subject has always been English, which is partly why I started volunteering as an English teacher at Anjali House around one and a half years ago. It’s also really rewarding to support my community and give back to the organization that helped me so much in the past. At the same time, I can improve my own skill set for the future. I have many great memories here at Anjali House like our trip to Battambang all together or when we won the football championship with our local team. It was great growing up here with all my friends around. That’s what I wish for the students here as well, so I’m glad I can be part of that. My studies are going well right now. I have not missed a single day of classes and both my Homework and Class participation were graded “Excellent”. Next year I would like to start attending Build Bright University. I want to study either Business Administration or Management. My ambition is to find a job at the airport, so I would like to keep improving my English. I want to be a role model for the students here at Anjali House, so I study hard. I’ll receive my final grades soon and I hope they will be as good as last term.” With your regular donations we were able to have an impact on Sokteang’s life. It is through consistent and long-lasting support that we are able to help our students develop into healthy, well-adjusted young adults, just like Sokteang, who are equipped with the skills they need to be successful in their future endeavors. If you want to help him and other students attend university, you can contribute to our continuing education fund with a monthly donation. $50 a month can help one of our scholarship students to attend University for an entire year. Become a Monthly...read more