Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Helping Hands in Siam Reap, Cambodia

School of Chemical & Life Sciences (Life Sciences) lecturer Ms Tan Chiew Nai has never done community work before and wanted to experience it. So, she took the opportunity to lead a group of 20 students to Phnom Penh Cambodia from 29 March 2010
till 11 April 2010.

One of their stops during the 14-day day trip was to the Rainbow Orphanage, run by Working for Children, a non-profit charity committed to assisting orphans, poor and vulnerable children in rural communities in Siem Reap Province. It provides secure
and loving home for 34 children aged between six and 16.

“We set up five computers so that the children can learn to use computers. Our students introduced various methods of teaching English such as through songs and simple composition. They also taught the children, as well as how to use a camera, about hygiene and also origami,” said Ms Tan.

The team also painted the wooden volunteer house, assisted the orphanage with simple farming tasks and helped update the Orphanage’s website.

They also took part in a rice soup programme organised by the Jesuit Service Catholic Church for village kids and also donated clothes at Peak Sneng – one of the poorest villages in the province.

“The students worked hard and were happy that their work was recognised. The students and I were definitely humbled from the experience,” said Ms Tan.

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