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Building Hope for Children's Education in Rural Angkorian Areas

Background The Angkor Kids Center (AKC) is a community-based non-profit, non-political, non-religious educational establishment with a mission to aid the rural Siem Reap communities in improving their own standards of living, with a focus on increasing accesses to qualified education, building life skills and job opportunities for the poor, and unprivileged students, with a sense that Siem Reap has already high potential tourism sector jobs. This informal education takes initiatives; AKC is supporting education for over 550 families in one village, primarily. Comprehensively, we believe that education is the key to sustainable changes, and are committed to a holistic developmental approach which empowers children, parents, teachers, and communities to make the positive changes they want to see in their lives. The center fulfills this mission by encouraging the cooperation with local communities, authorities, nongovernmental organization, private sectors, business, and other environmental stakeholders, to help mainly on eliminating the number of governmental-school-students giving up their study before the medium level (Completion of Grade 9/ secondary school) by empowering their English knowledge capability and capacity as it is strongly required at both schools and careers alike, by using The Friend-Help-Friends strategy as a core objective, this means that the volunteers who is working for AKC will have to have a passion of learning, what they earn and benefit from AKC is knowledge and experiences, for instance, the teachers who has little knowledge will be given a chance to teach the ones who have no knowledge, and these teachers are the students from the more advanced classes.

The AKC Culture of Sharing Processes:

The Mosts

Sharing to

The Mores

Sharing to

The Lesses

Sharing to

The Nones

AKC was primarily established in 2002 by a young villager, Mr Samnang Chhon without any fundamental support in Angkor Thom district 30 km from Siem Reap center. The project could only be implemented by a share-in-kind of the curious students who attended his English classes. Since Samnang had been granted a great financial support from a German traveling couple, Mr Andreas Dorner and Mrs Jasmin Dorner in 2004. Samnang has achieved his professional career as an English teacher and Travel and Tourism career.

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Currently, AKC has some support from foundations, plus our own pocket contributions, furthermore AKC also receives some stuffs and monetary donation from the tourists who spend visit to our community and the shelters, or taking the tourist services offered by the AKC support team, such as the tour guides, transportation, accommodation etc, where The Intensive English Project could run, even it is not sustainable. Lining up along with The Intensive English Project, and to leverage the objectives to reach the AKC’s core goal, AKC committee, and the project consultants have launched a new strategy to be implemented “The AKC Green Project� focusing on planting the fruit and the agro forestry trees where it will help the environmental issues, and the community economy growth.

Reference: According to the current research we learned that 90% of the entire population is still living based on the agriculture using he traditional techniques. Specifically, the form that they are doing is rice farm, where they cut down the forest to make the farm. Their activity is the most dangerous form lead to deforestation. This is the sense that AKC has set up this Green project to be implemented. AKC team as the implementers determined that if we have enough sources to implement this particular project targeting the AKC students, and community, AKC will make the most sustainable developments and achievements heading the future project expected goals through the set efficient objectives, and a close monitoring and evaluations. This achievement to be made will not only benefit the individual clients but it will become a great model and encouragement for the future, and the surrounding communities. To give back to community, they will take initiative to help themselves and their communities using the new experiences gained during the implementation.

How the Pupils Get Involved! Due to the fact that AKC kids and teachers are from the communities whose families are living relying on the above mentioned formed subsistent farm. To be a responsible stakeholders the AKC kids and teachers (see the targeted group) will initiate to take part in this project by try as much as possible to gain the knowledge and benefit from this course and will be it upward to benefit their own families and whole communities.

Goals, Objectives and Expected Results Diagram:

According to the above diagram, The AKC Green Project will not only help the environmental issues, but also help to support a great function of the community economic development through its circling body.

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Goal: To promote environmental conservation in AKC school students and community through nursery tree planting and arts.

Specific Objectives: - To sensitize children on the importance of trees; - To train children on nursery establishment and tree planting techniques; - To assist pupils and schools set up tree nurseries, forest gardens and plant trees on campus, and at their home; - Immerse the community in the importance of trees to their livelihood and environment

Planned Activities: In the course of project implementation, the following activities have been planned: - Identify who to participate in the project - Organize a Broad-base sensitization and planning meeting with identified targeted group; - Organized center-based workshops for teachers and pupils on Nursery establishment and tree Planting techniques; - Provide tree nursery and tree planting tools and inputs to the center; - Establish the nurseries and forest gardens - Meeting with the students’ families, as well as the community;

Project Proposal: Thanks to the current achievement that AKC has approached, with a fundamental support from varied donors all over the world which enable AKC to build its proper school building, and has a plot of land where it can make this Green Project could be lead to implement easily, as AKC has already most of the important things in place. Thank Hong Kong and Thanks Germany, and Thanks the world for helping us make a great difference! Even if AKC has already the above fundamental support as mentioned above, AKC could only implement this particular project with all the following project details. Here are the building cost details: No 100

10 months

Description

Explanation

Personnel:

$

Amount 760.00

101

Project Coordinator

$60 x 1p x 10 ms

$

600.00

102

Local Planting Trainer

$20 x 1p x 4 days x 2 ts

$

160.00

$

350.00

200

Travel, maintenance

201

Follow-up (Moto gasoline‌)

$20 x 1ts x 10 ms

$

200.00

202

Communication (phone+internet)

$15 x 10 ms

$

150.00

$

1,015.50

300

Program Cost Planting equipment per class (1 hoe, a pair of watering showers, 1 harrow, fertilizer).

$25 x 4sets x 1t

$

100.00

302

Caring expenditure

$10 x 4classes x 10ms

$

400.00

303

Seeds

$0.13 x 450 seeds x 1ts

$

58.50

304

Plastic bag

$7 x 3kg

$

21.00

305

Pamp well

$60 x 1 unit

$

60.00

306

Protection Shading Net (12m x 5m)

$1.5 x 60 m2 x 1ts

$

90.00

307

Collums for the nursery plant garden

$30 x 6 pcs x 1t

$

180.00

308

Planks for the roofing

$5 x 12pcs x 1t

$

60.00

309

Nails (5 centimeters)

$11 x 1 cases

$

11.00

310

Nails (8 centimeters)

$11 x 1 cases

$

11.00

311

Other

$24 x 1ts

$

24.00

301

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Total First Grand Expectation, 30% of the grand total:

$

2,125.50

$

701.42

The project will cover the construction of an experimental nursery (garden) on the ground of Angkor Kids Center’s territory in rural Siem Reap province (near the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat), staff recruitment, training to implement the project, and all the materials and resources as mentioned on the chart.

Income Since this is a proposal of a pilot project, therefore AKC entirely relies on your contribution and support to spread out this project to the world as much as possible.

Garden Plan Overview:

Schedule As soon as AKC gaining a sufficient fund to get the project implemented, AKC will assign the implementing date. The team and the Targeted group are looking forward to see this project go to live as soon as possible!

Target Group As this is a pilot project, primarily, this Green project with above expected budget will be focusing mainly on the Angkor Kids Center students and the teachers who are current active in the center. However, the production of the nursery plants will be contributed to the targeted group’s families and the whole community with an initiative cost of understanding or even free of charge with an agreement to take care of the plants until they get matured.

Course details (2011-2012) Nº

Time

1

17.00-18.00

2

17.00-18.00

Day

Teacher

Student

Mon-Wed

Ms. Salin NHEY

Thu-Fri

Mr. MON HIEN

Mon-Wed

Ms. Sreymom KRORM

Thu-Fri

Ms. Tokta SOUT

Course book

Level

Class

20 ss

English 4 Children

2

Shelter

26 ss

English 4 Children

1

Verandah

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3

18.00-1900

Mon-Fri

Mr. Meam BY

22 ss

New Headway

1

Shelter

4

19.00-20.00

Mon-Fri

Mr. Cheay KRORM

17 ss

English 4 Cambodia

1

Shelter

Open

Shelter

1

Shelter

85 ss

Total:

Weekend Class 1

18.00-19.00

Sat-Sun

Mr. Samnang CHHON

10 ss

Workshop

2

20.00-21.00

Sat-Sun

Mr. Pon POT

10 ss

Essential English

Total:

20 ss

These 105 students and the 6 teachers will be gain the direct knowledge from the trainers, and they will be also practicing on the ground.

Project Implementing Task: Once the proposals are materialized, both parties (donors and AKC committees), will have to agree on the contract, and signed, with the official recognition from local authority, village chief. AKC will take responsibility to contact the authorities and look for the resources, acting following the agreed project timelines. Reports and pictures of the planting, and germinating progress will submit to donors by AKC on every updates. The first fund will have to be granted to AKC at the amount USD701.42, after the agreement contract has been signed by bother parties.

Overall Project Steps / Milestones: -

Introduce Project Proposal / get feedback from donors Agree on project / topics / project plan Agree on project time table / roll-out date Follow up the activities section Start implementing the project Take the Monitoring & Evaluating Tasks Update report about the project progress

Prepared by:

04 April, 2012 Samnang Chhon, Project Manager, Angkor Kids Center, Mobile:+855 (0) 77 848 949 Email:samnang.chh77@gmail.com Samrong village, Liengdai Commune, Angkor Thom District, Siem Reap Provice, Cambodia www.angkorkidscenter.webs.com

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