Schedules and annual plans are often optimistic. Many times just a part of these plans becomes reality. The workshopday is a positive exeption to this rule. For staff as well as for students it’s a very stimulating day and organizing six of them this year will not be a problem. Last Friday we had workshopday number 5.
For this day some very nice workshops were offered and all of them… Read more
Last week in the Living value lessons the students made presents. A few months ago we had Marjolein, doing her internship pedagogy in our Centre. Besides her own contribution for the Centre, her mother knitted 60 cute little owls for our students. It was a lovely gesture and it was clear she had to work very hard on them. Because Marjolein decided rather late in time to come to Cambodia.… Read more
As a special ending of an educational theme week, we planned a fieldtrip on the last day of this week. It was a fieldtrip to the temples of Angkor. It’s bizarre that millions of tourist come to Siem Reap every year to see the temples and that a lot of our students didn’t see any of this. The Angkor area is about 20 km away from our community.
With two… Read more
Must do & see: Lonely Planet Cambodia 2012. Since 2011 we offer an inspiring tour to the community where our PURE! Dream Centre is located. This is also not gone unnoticed by the makers of the Lonely Planet Cambodia 2012.
You do not need to be a volunteer or sponsor to experience the real Cambodia during your trip. Are you in Siem Reap, please get in touch with us for… Read more
We are looking for someone who wants to assist our social worker Bopha in the development of a workshop on family planning, this is a volunteerwork job!
Bopha would like to start in the fall of 2012 with the workshop including the following topics:
Health during pregnancy
Methods of family planning
By giving the workshops she can manage well, but she's looking… Read more
After eight weeks of thinking, practising, making and collecting materials and practising more, presentation day was finally there. on Wednesday 27th.
Under the professional guidance of Tisse, her morning group had prepared a puppet show. Four readers, switching turns and reading in Khmer and English, told the audience the story of a the little mermaid. The rest of the players showed the story with their handmade cardboard puppets. It was… Read more
On Wednesday, June 6th, we took a total of 53 children divided into morning and afternoon at the pool and volunteer Tisse has been in small groups with them tests done to see whether they can survive in the water. Some could swim very well but there were also children who really were afraid and dared not underwater. The rest meanwhile amused himself well with a huge inflatable dog and… Read more
It took a while before we could start but then it went very quickly. Within three weeks some builders, build our pathways. You can really say build the pathways because they made a construction of two walls besides the paths, filled it up with white sand and then put tiles on top. Finally the walls were covered with cement so that it looks really smooth.
Now we have pathways that… Read more
After two successful editions of the workshop day earlier this year, everyone was excited about the third one on Friday the 25th of May. This time the students could chose from five different workshops. All of them had enough applicants and are therefore executed……with a lot of pleasure.
The students have made very beautiful things and they’ve learned new skills.
Under guidance of two enthusiastic volunteers, Tisse and Esther, the… Read more
My name is Daniëla Waas and on 23th of March I have celebrated my fortieth birthday in beautiful Cambodia. I was born and raised in the Pearl of the South of Holland, Breda. I devour books, am interested in photography and love sports.
After completing my secondary school I started to train chartered accountant to NIVRA. After 3.5 years I switched to business and I have worked in recent years,… Read more
At this moment we are looking for sponsors to start swimming classes with our children. During Khmer New Year at the swimming pool we saw again scared children and children that can not swim, we need to take care of this we think for their future. It's a small amount of 360 dollar needed for a big change. If you want to receive more information about the background and the… Read more
My full name is YOU Samnang. I am 25 years old. I live in Siem Reap. I like to read books and listen to music. I sometimes play soccer or volleyball on weekends.
I am the English teacher in PURE Dream Centre. I’ve worked for the centre for almost two years. I love communicating, helping and working with people. And teaching is my favorite career. In this case, it means… Read more
Theme weeks at PURE! Dream Center! This time we had two whole weeks because we were going to talk about several subjects. It is a little bit of a rehearsal from the theme weeks of last year but there will be enough new information.
The English lessons were divided in Hygiene and My Body. We were talking about our senses, seeing, hearing, listening, feeling and tasting. The last sense was… Read more
My name is Peb Bopha, Cambodian. I work for Pure for Kids as a social worker in Siem Reap. I work with Pure for more than 1 year.
As a social worker, my responsibility is mainly related to the children and their families. I can divide my task into two parts, inside the center and outside the center.
Inside the center:
I have two days at the center teaching the… Read more
Bopha, our social worker and Sitha, our general coordinator, are a happy couple for years. At the beginning of 2011 they moved in the house Pure build on the project grounds. It’s not that common to live together as a couple in Cambodia and they started saving up for a wedding. A lot of things need to be arranged for a wedding in Cambodia. The tradition is to have a… Read more
Saturday evening 25th of February at 19.00 the party could start: the annual Puppet Parade. Every year, under the direction of a number of artists and with help from a lot of volunteers, they organize a parade with nicely lit creations. Several schools, organisations and NGO’s participate in this parade. Together with the artists and volunteers they make the creative imaginative parts of the procession. Unfortunately this year the PDC… Read more
Last Friday (24th of February) we held our second workshop day of this year. This time the kids could choose out of six workshops. The volunteers offered a creative workshop: Spool Knitting with Nadine, Making a game box with Sabine and decorating a baby T-shirt with Fleur. Our English teacher Samnang, did a workshop in which the students made a picture book with photo’s. Sport teacher Ceut and Social worker… Read more
A few months ago we started giving additional Khmer lessons. In the first instance these lessons were given at the end of the afternoon. Now this schedule has changed and the lessons are given at lunchtime. When we realised that practically all of the students were behind on reading and writing in Khmer, we started to worry about their level of mathematics. At the end of last year we tested… Read more
We have many new plans and ideas for 2012. And the first of these plans, the workshop day, kicked off on Friday the 13th. (Yes, we like a challenge.)
The idea behind the workshop day is that the children can choose individually what they would like to do. This means there needs to be a large and diverse offering of workshops for the children to pick from. And the workshops… Read more
.…..and once again it was great fun.
What do you need for a successful Sunday morning:
• Two enthusiastic teams, pure A and pure B, consisting of 28 players and 6 supporting classmates
• A lot of equally enthusiastic opponents
• A large number of volunteers who organise this event each year
• Two (slightly smaller than usual) football pitches, you won't hear us complain about grass. If there's… Read more
Several times a year there is a theme week at the PDC and previous times, the hygiene and healthy eating topics are also discussed. We called this theme week Me and my World. The experiences of the children here is limited to the school and life in the community. They can not easily imagine where we come from and how far it is. We treat this issue in several theme… Read more
Tuesday November 15th was a special day for PURE! for Kids. This day PURE! started with a vocational training program in sewing! With the sewing course girls and women in the community of the PURE! Dream Centre have now the opportunity to follow vocational training in their neighbourhood.
Sixteen women from the community showed their interest. At the actual start fourteen young women turned up for the probation period of… Read more
Since the beginning of the PDC children brush their teeth daily. Important because their teeth have a lot to endure. Brushing with toothpaste is for most people very expensive. In Cambodia people clean themselves at the pump or in a ditch. The children brushed their teeth outside all the time to brush and rinse their mouth with water from the pump. Although it was not strange for us, it was a little bit dirty. It's daily 60 mouthwashes.
Two… Read more
Nieng is the youngest son of our cook Kee. His two older brothers Samnang and Sey Ha are both students at the PURE! Dream Centre. Nieng is 4 years old and has a kind of spasm. At the PDC we have known Nieng for a while, he joins his brothers regularly to the PDC when no one can watch him. At first he found it a bit scary, but nowadays he seems to enjoy… Read more
For several weeks the children have been working together with the volunteers. Work, work, work! They made hats, bracelets, necklaces, masks, rattles and skirts and of course they practiced a lot of songs and dances. Invitations were even made for parents, brothers and sisters, just a few days before the performance. Everybody was welcome to join.
People coming to watch the performance made it even more exciting for the children!… Read more
It was an exciting week at our PURE! Dream Centre. After a year of raising funds for a kitchen, a dining area and food for one year, we finally started with the lunch program last Friday. The office in Siem Reap has been filled with plates, bowls, lockable bins, pans, dishes and cups for days. Everything was washed and dried, and then packed for transportation to our centre. Of course,… Read more
Last week, the second group of mothers started the pilot phase of the home-based program. This time it is up to a group of 15 women! It is busy at our PURE! Dream Centre but great to have these women around.
The previous group of women learned how to create products of palm leaves, and this group is learning how to work with a combination of rattan and palm tree.… Read more
Despite the bad weather in Limburg (The Netherlands), 120 cyclists participated in the annual cycle tour for charity. This tour was organized by ‘Mulleners Vastgoed’ and the motto of the tour was “we ride for PURE! for Kids”. Like last year, the tour was a great success and on behalf of the PURE! team we would like to thank the initiators and participants for their support and efforts. Read more
This week the Living Values classroom moved to the new classroom outside and this means that the first room of the new school building is in use! Last week when the brand new tables were delivered, everything was complete and we could start moving. The room where previously the Living Values lessons were given, is now used as a library. Bopha, the teacher of Living Values, and the children are… Read more
The idea existed for a long time already and a lot of preparations were necessary , but since this week the home-based production program at our PURE! Dream Center is a reality. It is a project where disadvantaged women in the beginning mainly the mothers of the PDC kids, learn to make products from natural materials, materials that are easy and inexpensive to obtain. With the new skills they learn,… Read more
Last Friday, April 29, as many as seven employees of the Angkor Hospital for children visited our PURE! Dream Centre the entire day. This hospital provides free care annually to up to 120.000 children in Siem Reap and the surrounding area. The Angkor Hospital’s outreach program visits places like our PURE! Dream Centre to check the children’s health.
At 8 o'clock in the morning, they arrived with all kinds of… Read more
Last year at April 1st, the leader of the Kandek community requested PURE! to start an educational center. After one year we have: 60 students, six new classrooms, a kitchen, a house for our staff members Sitha and Bopha, a sports field, nine Cambodian staff members and a qualitative educational program. A real PURE! Dream Centre (PDC). Not to mention our future plans...
In a nutshell
The large shed which… Read more
On Saturday the 19th of February 2011 we were allowed to join the Giant Puppet Parade with our PURE! Dream Centre (PDC). A yearly recurring and very popular creative event for underprivileged children in and around Siem Reap. The Giant Puppet Parade can be compared to an actual carnival parade. A true spectacle!
Each group of participants prepared something different for the parade. The children of the PDC made clouds… Read more
The PURE! Dream Centre has already been open for 10 months. Time to get to know the mothers of our eager children a bit better. Seemingly a parent day, last week the mothers were given the chance to see what we are all working on.
In the past 10 months quite a few mothers already dropped by but not everyone dared to make the step. A shame as it is… Read more
In barely a month time we succeeded in raising € 1.917 euro – through the 1%CLUB – for our project ‘Pots, pans and ladles to make Cambodian dreams come true’. With the support of no less than 171 1%MEMBERS the great result shows that together we can really make a difference. The 60 eager pupils of the PURE! Dream Centre (PDC) are yet one step closer to a daily nutritious… Read more
Sitha (the Cambodian assistant coordinator of the PURE! Dream Centre) and Bopha (our Cambodian social worker) have moved into their new house. Their own place on the grounds of the PURE! Dream Centre (PDC).
Sitha and Bopha are very pleased with their own place. For the past few months they lived together in a room of 12 m2. Now they have a beautiful house, especially for Cambodian standards. The house… Read more