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Hello my name is Annie! I joined Anjali House as a long term Volunteer in May 2016 to help develop and maintain a small garden area within the school grounds. The area was sadly neglected but full of life and so much potential. I made it my mission to create a lovely vegetable plot for the children and staff. Anjali cooks two basic nourishing meals a day for all 120 children and now the garden is beginning to supply us with nutritious fruits and vegetables. Along the way much interest has been shown by students and staff alike which has led to the start of Garden Workshops for 3 classes every week. Each class is growing one vegetable from seed and has been educated about sustainability of crops and how to look after them. Their ages range from 6-14 years, and as well as educational it has to be fun!!! The lesson consists of explanation, cartoon video and garden work. Also creative artistic time painting murals on the walls where they have planted their veggies. We have Tomato, pumpkin and Khmer bean classes already up and running!!! Gardening is a delightful and fulfilling experience for old and young especially when the seeds grow by some miracle into food. Group in the garden ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of...read more
For 2 weeks in June, Anjali House was fortunate enough to host a group of American volunteers from the S.E.L.F. Project. The S.E.L.F. Project (Sports Education Leadership Foundation) is a sports ambassador program that provides opportunities for youth to be empowered through sports, physical activity, and global and local service. Students travel abroad conducting sports clinics, distributing sports equipment, and building sports facilities for their host organisations. Over their two-week stay, the S.E.L.F. Project conducted numerous sports workshops for all of the Anjali kids which included: yoga, dance, football, athletics, volleyball and baseball. In addition, they were also finishing off the basketball court that they had commissioned for Anjali House prior to their stay with us. The project donated $3500 for the initial build of our court and brought an extra $1500 in cash when they arrived. They also supplied in-kind donations of nearly 100 sports shirts, a large amount of sports equipment, as well as new flip-flops for each child and staff member. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks of sports workshops that the S.E.L.F. Project had put together for them, and are still reaping the benefits of the new basketball court today. The court is frequently used by the kids for basketball, volleyball and football during their breaks and lunch, and they have promised to take very good care of it. Anjali House is incredibly grateful for all the time, energy, donations, and support of the S.E.L.F. Project, and we hope to see them again in Siem Reap...read more
We all know Anjali House is special in many ways. One of the most compelling ways, though, is its incorporation of the arts into its daily program and its willingness to try new ways of teaching its students. Nearly five years ago, Anjali House opened its doors to an idea. The author, Sue Guiney, proposed a week-long writing workshop whereby she would not only improve English fluency through poetry and story writing, but she would also encourage conceptual thought and self-confidence. As we all know, that program has been a great success and in February we will be celebrating the program’s 5th year with the older students of Anjali House. But word gets around. Recently, more and more schools and NGOs have heard about Sue’s program and have asked her to run it for their own students. Sue discussed expanding her program with her students at Anjali House and they asked her, “So will you teach ALL the children of Cambodia?” Together they agreed, how could she say no? Although the work Sue does at Anjali House will always be special, her writing workshop is now being taught in schools throughout Cambodia. With the expansion comes a new name: WritingThrough Cambodia. And a new website: www.writingthroughcambodia.com All of us at Anjali House wish Sue well as she travels around Cambodia teaching her children. But we are all also happy knowing that the relationship we have with Sue and her workshop will remain uniquely...read more
In the final week of May, Anjali kids have been undertaking financial literacy training in our school with the Credit Union of Australia by its educators from Phnom Penh. This was made possible by a generous donation made to us from Heather Prenter. Heather was able to raise $1200 for the program. With a sausage sizzle and a lot of effort put into organising CUFA to come and visit us, Heather has ensured that our kids are now a little better equipped with the financial skills to be well rounded and successful adults. As part of the program we will be having a follow up visit from CUFA in August to see what skills we have...read more
Students from the Korea International School visited Anjali to work hand and spruce the place up a bit! They divided into groups to conquer their tasks: repainting the front fence bright red and white, designing and painting a colourful mural in our library, and fixing up the vegetable patch outside our kitchen. Thank you to the staff and school students for helping out!read more
Two volunteers Gerald and Deborah visited Anjali to help our students create a beautiful collage backdrop and perform a great play called ‘Back to the future: Angkor’ where modern Cambodians meet Cambodians from Angkor times. The kids had a fun time dressing up in traditional dress and also pretending to be tourists at Angkor Wat. Thanks to Gerald and Deborah for helping the kids put on such a wonderfully entertaining show!read more
Our Young Adults have been visiting businesses around Siem Reap to see the scope of jobs available in town beyond tour guides and tuk tuk drivers – and they’ve had some great insights into working life thanks to friends of ours: Shinta Mani Hotel, the Phnom Penh Post and Travel Loops. For the students, it is a chance to hear from people working in all sorts of industries and also to ask questions about how to enter the job market and the realities of working life. Thanks to everyone at Shinta Mani Hotel, the Phnom Penh Post and Travel Loops who took the time to share their stories with our students. There might be some hotel managers, journalists or travel agents among future Anjali...read more
Siem Reap’s newest markets – the Made in Cambodia markets – feature an amazing array of products, all guaranteed to have been made in Cambodia. This means every purchase there helps local Cambodian businesses and NGOs – and they’re proving popular for tourists looking to buy souvenirs that are actually made in Cambodia! The markets are held on the first Saturday of every month in front of the lovely Shinta Mani Hotel and Anjali House has a stall selling our photobook, postcards, gift cards, Creative Writing magazine and soap made by our students. It’s a great opportunity for people to talk to us about what we do and show off the fabulous work done by our...read more