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The Anjali Photo Workshops returned again this year and like the last 14 years was filled with chirpy reunions and activities organised by 8 professional photographers. These tutors volunteer their time in December every year as part of the Angkor Photo Festival to encourage creative expression of things that might be visible or invisible to the naked eye.  They learn to photograph, but more importantly they find new ways to look...

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“There was an Earth There was life There was a plant Green, small, good smell Mixing together with lots of color A lot of animals are near We take care of them In a small farm.” These words by our young writers perfectly describes the last day of the week long ‘Writing Through’ workshop, a conceptual and critical thinking intervention designed and conducted by our board member Sue Guiney every year at...

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This month 37 children from Anjali House visited Phnom Penh with Bun thorng, our Head Teacher. The 3 days trip was planned to understand how technology can help solve problems facing the community at large. Community Service is part of our DNA and we are constantly looking for ways to support the village commune through awareness and cleaning drives. “This trip was designed so that we can take our understanding of the...

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During my social work studies in the Netherlands I have learned it is important to get in touch with who I am for functioning as a social worker, as well as for my functioning as a human being. When I got to Cambodia, I started learning about self-love and I was eager to share this with the students at Anjali House. Many of these students come from environments where love isn’t expressed too often. Last month I started talking about...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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