Sunday, 24 July 2011

CamKids Summer 2011 Newsletter

Thanks A Million!

Our latest Newsletter marks the passing of an important milestone for CamKids - we have now donated over $1 million to projects in Cambodia to improve the lives and reduce the suffering of 1,000's of children.

In accordance with our philosophy of transparency and full financial disclosure, the newsletter shows, in words, numbers and pictures, how your money has been spent over the past 4 years.

To access the Newsletter, please click Here or Contact Us and we will send you a copy by e-mail. If you sign up to our Newsletter below, you will receive future copies by e-mail every 6 months (your details will not be used for commercial or any other purpose).

Thank you once again to all of our donors and supporters, without whom none of this would have been possible. If you would like to find out how to support our work, please Contact Us.

The CamKids Trustees

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Monday, 11 July 2011

Changing Lives - 2 Personal Stories

In an earlier post, we reported on the work which CamKids and One-2-One are doing, to relieve pain and increase the quality of life for poor children in Cambodia, through our medical and dental programmes.

We thought that you might like to read some personal stories to illustrate the real effects which this work has on the lives of the children.

Both children were brought to the IU Dental Clinic from the Bong Poun NGO, whose aim is to help poor street children, especially those who make a living collecting garbage, to go back to school. The NGO mainly works at the Steung Meanchey dump site, Boeung Tompon slum and several other poor areas of the city.

Name: Sreynet – aged 13 years

My name is Sreynet. I’m studying in grade 5. I have 3 siblings, and I am the youngest in my family. Both of my parents passed away. My oldest sister is a hairdresser. My brother is a laborer, and my other sister still studies with me. I want to be a teacher. Now I’m living with my neighbors. I help them to prepare the meals to eat. I could not go to school before, because I had to work. Today I came to the IU dental clinic – this is the first time I have been to a dentist.

I had my teeth cleaned, a filling, and one tooth extracted. The student was very good, kind and gentle. He helped me to be not afraid. Now I am so happy because my teeth wont be painful any more. I would like to say thank you so much to CamKids and IU for helping me.

Name: Oum Savary – aged 16 years

Ashamed of his appearance, he would not smile and did not like to talk, in case anyone could see his teeth. He had been like this for several years and was so amazed that such a miracle could happen to him. He could not stop smiling and showing every one his new teeth. He says this is the best thing that could have happened to him. He wanted to thank CamKids and IU for making this possible.

If you are are interested in finding out how you can help children like Sreynet and Oum Savary, please email us or make an one-off online donation here or a regular donation here.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

National Aerobics Champions

Twenty-nine children from 6 orphanages belonging to the One-2-One / CamKids TLC Club participated in the National Aerobic Competition at the Olympic Stadium from May 18-21st 2011. The children competed in the Individual, Pair and Trio competitions and we were thrilled when two teams from the Happy Tree-HRB orphanage achieved 1st and 3rd places in the Level 1 Trio Competition! A huge thanks to our hard-working and dedicated team of sports coaches and helpers – Sarith, Makara, Rebekka, Srorn, and Thary.

As part of the programme it is also stressed to the children taking part, that sport is not about winning or losing, it is about the spirit of participation, team building, and good health. We were all encouraged to see that the children participating were very happy to have this sporting opportunity on the national stage, where they were able to show their ability and receive the cheers and applause of the spectators.