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Monday, 14 October 2019

The excellent school results of the Boeung Trabek kids !


We paid another visit to the Boeung Trabek community ! Indeed, we had some donated clothes to distribute, and Ermine needed to see the kids of the community to check on their school results as well ! So we were first welcomed by Sokear, one of the first children that Ermine took care of, and then joined by Srey Net, Srey Nith, Srey Lip, Ron and Terry’s grandmother ! They were all very happy to see us ! 



We first began with the clothes distribution, which were mainly girls’. In these moments, we have to remain as fair as possible so that every child gets about the same amount of things. We let the girls pick what suited them best and they were all delighted with what they received in the end ! Everyone deserves to have decent clothes and to feel good-looking in them ! 



Then, it was time for Ermine to check on the kids’ school results, as she does every month. Everyone handed Ermine their grades of the month and she gave rewards to the children who had worked well and progressed since the previous time. It is important for Shanty Town Spirit to keep a little stringency regarding the school results, so that the children understand the importance of school, education and hard work in life ! Because every kid has the right to go to school ! 
We were very happy to note that almost every child is below 10 in the class ranking !



It is always a very precious and joyful moment to go visit the community of Boeung Trabek a few times a month ! The kids always welcome us with big smiles and warm hugs ! 




                                              One Spirit, One Heart, One Community                                      
                                You can help us by sponsoring the Shanty Town Spirit program:

                                                           Click on Make a difference
                             OR contact  Ermine Norodom: +855 (0) 17 49 27 19 (French and English)
                                                          norodomermine@gmail.com

                                       Phirun Prak (Arun): +855 (0) 96 663 6666 (English and Khmer)
                                                            arun.aenorodom@gmail.com

                                                           words by Matthieu Membrez


Thursday, 12 September 2019

A precious afternoon with the kids of Little Hearts !



We came by the foster home of Little Hearts, in the countryside of Phnom Penh. This absolutely marvellous place is held by Tony, who decided to help orphans of the Phnom Penh province in need and give them a future. Without the intervention of an organization like Little Hearts, these children would have a bleak future placing them at risk of malnutrition, exploitation and abuse, severe poverty and at worse, an early death.



38 kids from 5 to 20 gather and play all around the vast green garden ! 
There, we distributed each kid a bag containing hygiene supplies, such as a toothbrush, a large tube of toothpaste and 4 bars of soap. Every child got one of his own !



Right after that, some of the children kindly offered to make us visit the foster home. So they showed us around the rooms where the kids sleep, divided into four different dormitories and beautifully decorated by them ! Then, they showed us the bathrooms, the kitchen, the computer room and finally the classrooms ! 



Some of the oldest girls then explained us the functioning of their aquaponic garden, which was installed a few years back by Koya Project and with the collaboration of Shanty Town Spirit ! Tony made up a special time table so that every kid gets to take care of the aquaponic garden and understand its functioning. This project turned out to be very useful for them ! Indeed, it consists of a fish tank constructed below ground level to keep the fish nice and cool. There is also a vertical garden for leafy green vegetables and 3 media beds which are already yielding bumper crops of the children’s favourites which include ‘morning glory’. (https://koyaproject.org/little-hearts/ )



While some of the kids were happily playing in the garden and others peacefully drawing the classrooms, we were chatting and laughing with a little group of them. They explained about how their life at Little Hearts was great and how they were always having fun all together ! 



This afternoon with the kids of Little Hearts was a precious moment of sharing and joy, and we are forever grateful for the work of associations such as Little Hearts ! 



                                  One Spirit, One Heart, One Community                                      
                   You can help us by sponsoring the Shanty Town Spirit program:

                   OR contact  Ermine Norodom: +855 (0) 17 49 27 19 (French and English)
norodomermine@gmail.com

           Phirun Prak (Arun): +855 (0) 96 663 6666 (English and Khmer)
    arun.aenorodom@gmail.com

    words by Matthieu Membrez

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Sokear’s dream job !



Ermine and some other Shanty Town Spirit volunteers including Maïra paid a visit to the Boeung Trabek community: we didn’t come over empty-handed ! Indeed, Nathy has very kindly donated her bike to Sokear, one of the very first kids looked after by Ermine who is now almost 20. Sokear was very happy about that since he was actually in need of a bike to go to work and to school ! 


Sokear took us to his house to see his family and his friends: Srey Nett, her grandmother and Srey Nith were there and they kindly invited us to stay a moment with them. So we talked for a little while: they told us about their school results, their job and how the children of the community were doing. Then, we talked about what they dream to become later. Sokear, for example, wishes to become a lawyer and is about to enter law school ! Thanks to his faith and his determination, and also thanks to the work of the donors and the volunteers, Sokear can get closer to his dreams ! 



After that, we visited a few of the usual families of the community, all always delighted to see us ! On that day, we came with bars of soap, toothbrushes and clothes for the kids ! All the children were able to get themselves one of each ! It really was a wonderful moment ! 




                                     One Spirit, One Heart, One Community                                      
      You can help us by sponsoring the Shanty Town Spirit program:

                   OR contact  Ermine Norodom: +855 (0) 17 49 27 19 (French and English)
norodomermine@gmail.com

           Phirun Prak (Arun): +855 (0) 96 663 6666 (English and Khmer)
    arun.aenorodom@gmail.com

 words by Matthieu Membrez

Sunday, 28 July 2019

A musical and colorful morning at Tiny Toones !



That day, a few volunteers of Shanty Town Spirit and Ermine visited the Tiny Toones youth center ! Tiny Toones is an association which Shanty Town Spirit is used and pleased to collaborate with ! Their mission is to provide a safe, positive environment for at‐risk youth to channel their energy and creativity into the arts and education, empowering them to build self‐confidence in their daily lives, aim for better employment possibilities, and feel supported pursuing their dreams (Source: https://www.tinytoones.org/about-us-2/ ).
We actually came by to hand in a dozen of boxes full of clothes for kids that had been donated to the association. We thus thank Calzedonia for these gifts to the children !! 



First, and as they are used to, the kids played various games in front of us to warm themselves up. Amongst all the colorful graffitis on the walls, they were joyfully chasing one another and playing the musical chairs while dancing.




Then, it was time for a little snack ! All the kids came in line to receive two juices and two bars of chocolate from the volunteers of Shanty Town Spirit ! 



And last but not least, we went to the dance-class room and the kids held a little dance show in front of us ! It was a wonderful moment: seeing all these children happily dancing and laughing together ! Even the volunteers were invited to dance ! 



Then, it was already noon, and all the children went back home for lunch ! They let the place for the afternoon group, which is for the older kids !



                                    One Spirit, One Heart, One Community                                      
      You can help us by sponsoring the Shanty Town Spirit program:

                   OR contact  Ermine Norodom: +855 (0) 17 49 27 19 (French and English)
norodomermine@gmail.com

           Phirun Prak (Arun): +855 (0) 96 663 6666 (English and Khmer)
    arun.aenorodom@gmail.com

    words by Matthieu Membrez

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Every woman deserves the right to feel pretty !



With the help of a few volunteers, we visited Boeung Trabek’s community (which is the first community taken over by Shanty Town Spirit). As usual, all the people were delighted to see us coming with gifts. 

We proceeded to a distribution of various hygiene products, school supplies, clothes and a few jewels that had been donated to the association a few days prior by Nathy. Everybody received something special, the kids as well as the women ! The atmosphere was joyful and everyone was smiling and happy ! 



In the name of all the volunteers working with Shanty Town Spirit and especially the women and kids who were able to benefit her beautiful donations, we thank Nathy very much for her generosity. These kinds of moments with the community are possible thanks to all the donors like Nathy and all the volunteers ! 




As we can see on these pictures, everyone was enchanted by Nathy’s beautiful jewels. All the ladies managed to get one of their own, and it suited them beautifully! Because every woman deserves the right to feel pretty and feminine ! 




                                               One Spirit, One Heart, One Community                                      
      You can help us by sponsoring the Shanty Town Spirit program:

                   OR contact  Ermine Norodom: +855 (0) 17 49 27 19 (French and English)
norodomermine@gmail.com

           Phirun Prak (Arun): +855 (0) 96 663 6666 (English and Khmer)
    arun.aenorodom@gmail.com

  words by Matthieu Membrez

Monday, 10 June 2019

A wonderful afternoon at the Swimming Pool



Thank you to Kathleen Gees, because of her, a very nice afternoon could have been organized at the swimming pool.
All the kids were full of joy and happiness.
Sokear, once again, enjoyed to take the role of organiser.  He took the responsibility to pay attention to all the kids, helped them for the lunch, and took part of all the activities in the pool.


They all played a lot

And the lunch was delightfull


Thank you again to Kathleen, and a special thank you to Maira, who was also an asset during this afternoon.


                                    One Spirit, One Heart, One Community                                      
      You can help us by sponsoring the Shanty Town Spirit program:

                   OR contact  Ermine Norodom: +855 (0) 17 49 27 19 (French and English)
norodomermine@gmail.com

           Phirun Prak (Arun): +855 (0) 96 663 6666 (English and Khmer)
    arun.aenorodom@gmail.com

                                                         words by Nathalie Bonpain

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

ART ACTIVITY IN SHANTY TOWN With Terry Douglas and Unseen Youth


Wonderful afternoon with the kids in one of our Shanty Town.
It is for the 3rd year now that we receive the visit of the Pastor Terry Douglas together with the Unseen Youth Group.  Visit around arts, body painting, dancing, singing.



It is a real pleasure for the kids to take part of those activities.  They recognized Terry Douglas and the Group.  A very nice welcome had been reserved for them.



A lot of songs


Body painting



Thank you very much to all for this afternoon.



                                       One Spirit, One Heart, One Community   
                                   
      You can help us by sponsoring the Shanty Town Spirit program:

                   OR contact  Ermine Norodom: +855 (0) 17 49 27 19 (French and English)
norodomermine@gmail.com

           Phirun Prak (Arun): +855 (0) 96 663 6666 (English and Khmer)
    arun.aenorodom@gmail.com

Nathalie Bonpain: +855 (0) 15 652 691 (English and French)
  bonpainnathalie@gmail.com  

                                                         words by Nathalie Bonpain

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