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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 @AnjaliHouse and on Twitter and Instagram @Anjali_House. Sign up for our quarterly Newsletter for an in-depth look at our activities, fundraising goals, and for more ways to get involved.

We’re all a bit crazy about gardening

We’re all a bit crazy about gardening

Anjali House has upgraded its garden project with the extension of a 1,000 square meter back area. The land that was hidden by over growth has been cleared and our students have already planted vegetables including long beans, winter melon, eggplants and tomatoes.  The objectives: teach gardening to the students and a sustainable food source for the meals we serve them. Read about the expected impact of the garden project  The garden project is part of our education program. The students enrolled at Anjali House live in a city and most of them don’t know how to grow vegetables and fruits. Learning gardening is a very useful knowledge for them in the future. We have organised training sessions provided by one of our partners and sponsors: Green Shoots Foundation. Young adults of Anjali House learned, for instance, how to set up a watering system and how to make organic fertiliser. The other objective of the garden project also supported by Forix Foundation is to increase our vegetable growth, with the end result being a sustainable food source.  “The garden at the end, should provide at least 50% of the vegetables and fruits needed for the daily meals. This would lead to a significant decrease in our food expenses in the long term,” reports Samrith Hoeng, Anjali House Young Adults Coordinator. Read also a testimonial of Pheakdey,  17, one of our young gardeners. “Every Sunday in the morning – from 7:30 to 4:00 pm – I always go to Anjali House and learn about how to grow vegetables. For the first lesson, the teacher taught us how to make organic fertilizer. It was my favourite lesson. On the second day, our teacher divided us into 5 groups. (…) The teacher gave each group some long bean seeds. We dug the soil and we fertilized it. After lunch we went to the garden and put the seeds into the soil and soaked it with some water. The teacher told us we need to water the seeds every morning, afternoon and evening. One week later, we went to the garden and we were very happy to see our beans sprouting. (…)  I am very happy to be part of this project.” Pheakdey, 17 years old To support our garden project: contact...

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Education: Creativity is Anjali House’s students’ forte

Education: Creativity is Anjali House’s students’ forte

Last February, our students attended the 7th “Writing Through” workshop. These workshops allow the students to express themselves – in English – and build their confidence through creative writing in the form of short stories and poems.  The workshop’s topic was “Bridges”.    Sue Guiney, founding Director of Writing Through, writes “This year, I brought to them the theme of Bridges. These kids live in a city full of them, but they also come from incredible poverty, dysfunctional families and an ill-serving educational system, which means that thinking about other types of bridges other than the ones that cross rivers was completely new to them. […] I would only bring a theme as metaphorical as this one to Anjali House, though. Because I have been working with these students for several years, their writing and thinking skills are more advanced. I knew they could do it […]”. After one week of preparing their creative writing pieces, our students bravely took to the stage to read them at our Open Shool Day on February 12 in front of fellow students, parents, faculties and supporters. They have inspired all of us! Download the collection of short stories written by Anjali House students. Mag Writing Through_Anjali House_Feb...

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Young adults: Career orientation, inspirational visits

Young adults: Career orientation, inspirational visits

We want to give our young adults as much information as possible about career orientation. The beginning of their professional life is around the corner and we want to encourage our students to think about their future, explore possible career options and understand the world of work. This month, they visited Sala Bai, a vocational training center for the hospitality industry,  and Pactics, a local factory. Read their impressions.   This month, our young adults visited Sala Bai, an NGO training underprivileged youngsters to work in hospitality. During the tour, they visited Sala Bai beauty salons, housekeeping department, restaurants, kitchen and office work. Our young adults also visited “Pactics”, a local factory producing high-quality microfiber products in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Sokim, 18:” I really enjoyed the tour and I liked the way the company takes care of its employees. I learned a lot of things especially how to motivate the employees” If you want to sponsor our young adult program, contact...

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Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair

Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair

Hello everyone, My name is Kosal and I recently got back from a trip in Kuala Lumpur with my high school class. We are students in Wat Svay High School and members of the Science and Engineering group. We all are learning about recycling old things to reduce our waste by using knowledge from books and some information from internet research. In fact, we all learn how to create new things for people to use. Before leaving Siem Reap On 1st August, 2016, we received information the the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Engineering about an exhibition in Malaysia. After we received this information, we had to choose four projects to make exhibitions such as radio, line telephone, microscope, and electricity produced by a flower pot. In this exhibition there are many countries from Asia all coming together in one place. Each country could only choose 10 students. From Cambodia we had 10 students and 3 teachers. In this plan, we are using a lot of time to do work with the project. We didn’t get any money from the Ministry for it. All the funds we needed to find it ourselves by asking people who want to help our project such as NGOs (Sunrise, Ponheary Ly) and other sponsors from different places. We worked every night from 8pm to 10pm, 7 days a week. On Saturday and Sunday we worked in the afternoons from 1pm to 6pm. Finally, after much work we succeeded in completing all the products for the exhibition in Malaysia. Leaving Siem Reap On 1st November, 2016 there are 4 members from my group who left Siem Reap at 11pm and we arrived in Phnom Penh at 4am by bus. In the morning, there is a teacher from Beltie School who came to get us from the bus station to take us to their school. We stayed in the school to prepare our products to show the manager of the school at 10am. They then took us to the hotel to take a rest. At 1:30pm we left the hotel to go back to the school to show the manager and our assistants who will help us in the exhibition in Malaysia. There were six other students and their parents who came to see us at the school too. After finishing, we prepared our product and took it to the hotel. At night, the school took us to have dinner at a big restaurant in Phnom Penh called “Tonlai Basak”. In the morning we have to leave the hotel at 5am to go to the airport because we have to fly at 8:20am. We arrived in Malaysia at 12:00pm. In Malaysia the time is different from Cambodia, it is one hour ahead of us. Then we traveled to find the hotel and it took 1 hour from the airport by bus. When we arrived at the hotel, we prepared our product again because we know that in the plane it wasn’t safe. We have a big problem with our electricity producing flower pot, it didn’t work so we had to fix it for staying up all night. Luckily, in the morning it was working! In the afternoon we took our products to the exhibition. There were many things at the exhibition and many people coming...

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Student’s Experience on Camping Trip

Student’s Experience on Camping Trip

Hello, My name is Sokim. I am 18 years old and in grade 10. Actually, I don’t have enough experience about camping and I don’t know how to prepare myself for it, but for this second camping trip it seems like another lesson for me. Even if we weren’t prepared for the rain, luckily we had tents to protect us if not 100% from the weather. I really love to stay in the tent with my friends while it was raining, that felt so warm. This camping showed me something that that I have never noticed, it is about being a leader. Anjali really cared about us, and they were really responsible for us. Even when there was a big rain, they still keep watching and walking around our tents, asking about our problems. Then they try to help and find solutions for us. Some of the teachers hadn’t slept, but they still tried to make us comfortable and have fun with us. That made me know that to be a leader is really hard. They have to keep us more important than themselves. That makes me so humble. That place is awesome! It also lets one know why culture, nature, and forests are important and why we have to protect it. I also enjoyed working with some new friends and the people there too. It looks like it didn’t need much from us besides our kindness and our relationship with them. They are really friendly and kind. Sounds like everything is well done, but what I didn’t love is the food and sleeping with 4 people in a small tent. But I understand about this because we had many people. But for the food, I think we should have separated into small groups mixed with boys and girls to meet new people. Group shot ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of...

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Vegetable Garden as an Educational Tool

Vegetable Garden as an Educational Tool

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...

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Empowering Through Sports

Empowering Through Sports

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...

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Writing through Cambodia

Writing through Cambodia

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...

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Financial Literacy Training

Financial Literacy Training

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...

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Korean students help fix up Anjali House

Korean students help fix up Anjali House

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!

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