Monday, January 23, 2017

Meet with our initiative on TTT project

The Toothbrush Toothpaste and Training Project

The goal of this Toothbrush Toothpaste and Training project (TTT) was to acquire 10,000 soft bristled tooth brushes and 2,000 tubes of fluoridated toothpaste at a total cost of approximately 1,200 USD.  Our data shows that in village preschools less than 30 % of the students have a toothbrush, and of that percentage, the majority of those children brush their teeth only once a day.

The overarching goal of The TTT Project is to improve oral hygiene practices and sugar reduction in diet. The raised money will go towards providing 10000 toothbrushes, 2500 tubes of fluoridated toothpaste and oral health education to children and village families living rural in Pursat.  Sustainable Cambodia (SC) is committed to helping change what is accepted as normal oral health and improving the health of our people. Not only does the project provide preschool and school students with oral health tools and education, SC works rural with villages to provide whole families with toothbrushes, toothpaste and the accompanying education.

Thank you to our International Dental Volunteer, Emily who has raised $1870 AUD and developed The Toothbrush Toothpaste and Training Project (TTT), which is to be implemented over the next two years. 

As part of the project, 5 Community Educators and 5 Youth Club Members from Kandieng, Kravanh and Sylvia Lasky Memorial Schools travelled to Roomchang Company Dental Hospital (RCDH) in Phnom Penh where they participated in comprehensive oral health training from their expert dentists and dental nurses. The idea is that the Youth Club members become key educators to improve oral health.

It was a great opportunity for our team to develop their knowledge and confidence when teaching the project. The message of healthy teeth and mouths is spreading to all SC staff and their families too.

Thank you to The Dental Company, Australia for $500 donations. Other fabulous supporters are The Billabong Hostel, donating $155 USD and RCDH whom donated 500 toothbrushes to kick-start the pilot phase. 

RCDH also supported incredibly useful Khmer oral health education posters and trained some of our team in gaining a better understanding of oral health and how they can grow to teach even more effectively in villages. - So, there is no language barrier, we developed Khmer education materials.

Supporting other projects like TTT that will help give our students and village families opportunity to grow. Make your gift Today Give Now!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sustainable Cambodia Achievement 2016

At this approaching year-end, we want to thank you for what you have helped make happen in 2016. Your ongoing support changes lives in wonderful ways. Here are some examples from 2016's achievements:

1. Education Program
  • Grade School: Provided supplementary classes including English, Math, Khmer and Computer in 9 schools for 2,162 students.
  • University Scholarship: Provided university scholarships to 106 students from the rural villages.
  • Village Schools: Provided preschools for 178 village children.
    SC University Scholarship Students
2. Community Development Program
  • Self-Help Groups: Formed 99 Self-Help groups.
  • Agriculture Projects: Provided vegetable seeds and tools to 171 village families.
  • Animal Pass-on Project: Passed on Cows, Buffalo and Chickens to 288 village families.
  • WASH Project: provided 25 Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting tanks, 28 biosand filters, 90 latrines and 10 additional water wells.
Village families received seeds and tools

We are a unique organization in that 100% of your contribution goes directly to the onsite projects in Cambodia. Whatever you can give will be put to work right away to provide the resources, training and empowerment necessary to make a lasting difference in the lives of these children and their families.... 2,162 students and 612 village families.

Through our empowerment programs, your gift keeps on growing through the years, creating positive change by empowerment of village families.  
Each gift you choose can be made in your name, or that of a friend or family member. You can choose as many gifts as you wish. For each gift we'll send you a thank-you card, and send one to the friend or family member in whose name you gave.

On behalf of our team, students, teachers and volunteers we wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We can't wait to see what the new year will bring!
SC staff and teachers
Sponsoring a student changes their life forever. Whole vistas of opportunity open for them, and for their families. Sponsor Now!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Meet with ours new Donor, Efrei Aides Humanitarians

We were very excited that a group of students from Paris spent their time to visit us on campus and bring 12 computers and educational software to Cambodia. We are very grateful to honor our supporters, who spent their time and their own funds during a short holiday, to make these donations to our students in Sustainable Cambodia. They have helped equip technology to our schools. This is a wonderful step as computers and technology are becoming more and more important in Cambodian society, and students will be able to fulfill many job positions by knowing computer literacy.

Efrei Aides Humanitarians representatives
Efrei Aides Humanitarians (EAH), designed around six core values, the teaching allows to train future engineers in computer multivariate: scientists of all, passionate about new technologies and then makes constant a new look within companies. Indeed, beyond its strategic positioning in computer and digital technology, the school is distinguished in shares allocated to general education (communication, general knowledge, management, languages.....), the development of international exchange partnerships and the culture of entrepreneurship. 

EAH representatives deliver a package of pens to our librarian
Participation in community life is encouraged, as well as Efrei is encouraged academically because it facilitates the integration of six key values promoted by the school: The requirement, daring, agility, creativity, proximity and solidarity. In fact, the associative experience gives the engineer a Efrei own human dimension.

12 new desktops arrived at KBFC 
EAH representatives and SC staff installing new Computers
Meeting with Camille Jaworski , a friend of the Efrei group.

Why did you first contact Sustainable Cambodia (SC)?
A friend of our heard about Sustainable Cambodia and its mission. She told us that SC was great and we should think about helping them.

     What interests you most about SC? And Why?
     That they are helping children to succeed in life through education.

      Why is the cause you are supporting important to you?
Computers are a great way for children to improve themselves and their education. Through those they can open their mind to the world and escape their routine. Technologies are becoming more and more a big deal in the world.

What do you tell others about us (how do you describe SC to others)?
We tell them that SC is a big organization doing a lot of different actions to sustain Cambodian people and not only Education (Recycling, Hygiene Sanitation, clean water, micro loans....)

     What changes do you believe would improve the situation 
     of Cambodia?
All kinds of education starting with the youngest.

     How does your philanthropy reflect your values?
EAH (Efrei Aides Humanitarians) main values are philanthropy along with other values like solidarity, generosity and giving from our hearts.

      How do you feel when you give a gift?
Happy and we enjoy to see that our efforts are not for nothing.
What makes you hopeful and happy?
Seeing the children happy and wanting to learn.

If you are considering supporting our programs in Cambodia, you can visit our website to get more information about Donations.

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Special Message from SC Volunteer Martin Benda

400 Kilometers… 5 Days of Running… 2 Men… 1 Goal!
Our Volunteers Are Helping Sustainable Cambodia Raise Awareness and Funds
A Special Message from Sustainable Cambodia Volunteer Martin Benda -
Hello Sustainable Cambodia family! Well, after two years, I am back… and planning yet another charity challenge!
Some of you may remember that back in 2014 I decided to help Sustainable Cambodia raise awareness and funds by cycling 2000km from Singapore to Bangkok (newsletter download will start by clicking here). It was a great success! We raised funds whereby multiple projects were launched to improve school libraries, build school sheds and help poor families become more self-sufficient. My theme for that run was “Enable The Future Stars of Cambodia”.

My original inspiration for that run came from these powerful statistics:
  •  Between 2008 and 2012, pre-primary school participation was only 13.3%, and this percentage is as low as 1.5% in remote areas.
  • Just 1.6% of Cambodia's GDP is spent on education, which ranks around 170th in the world.
  •  In remote areas, poor families struggle with daily cost of living, which makes them make their children work in the field from an early age. This field work takes place at the expense of school attendance, a concept not widely understood, or eventually dropping out of school very early.
The question I asked myself was “What can I do?” The answer was the 2014 2000km bicycle ride.

The question I have asked myself now is “What’s next?” For some time I did not have the answer, but time allowed me to ponder, and recently a team of people have sprung to life who are excited about charity… and together we have created a team – the “Extra Mile for Hope” team - a team dedicated to helping Sustainable Cambodia raise awareness and funds. Say hello to Yohei, Daphna and Steven…
So, what is our charity challenge for 2016?

The Bali Run - Running 400km Around Bali

Yohei and I, Martin, are running 400km around the island of Bali (Indonesia) in December 2016. Each of us will cover one half of Bali which equals to 5 marathons in five days, for each of us, followed by a joint 3000m elevation gain climb to the volcano! It’s not an easy challenge! But with your support we can achieve this.

In this challenge, we are aiming to raise USD20,000 to help Sustainable Cambodia focus on what we call “future stars” – children who now have the opportunity to attend a wonderful school, the Kravanh Bright Future Center (KBFC), a grade school run by Sustainable Cambodia in the heart of rural Pursat Province.

KBFC provides a bright future for more than 240 students with classes in Khmer, English, math, physics, computers and chemistry. Imagine the opportunity this opens for students who otherwise would have to spend their youth working in the field, barefoot with absolutely no future prospects!

To help spread the word and make it easy for people to follow us and make a donation to this cause, we have developed a website, “Extra Mile for Hope” (click here to access the website) where you can see more details about this cause, our goal, team members and our Facebook updates.  

How Are We Going to Raise Funds?_________________________________________________________________________________

We believe everyone around us will be as excited about this challenge and the impact we can make as we are. For donations, 100% of all proceeds go directly to projects we will design with Sustainable Cambodia; any out of pocket expenses (travel, setting up our www and so forth) are born by us!

To raise funds, we are building two main streams: Firstly, we are hoping our digital footprint (our website, click here, Facebook Page, click here and this newsletter) will help us spread the word and attract some excited donors to help us achieve our goal.

Secondly, together with our employer, AIMIA (click here to access the website), we are organizing a total of 10 fundraising campaigns for our office where our team is based, Singapore.

These campaigns include lots of fun activities such as group runs, Money for Laughs, Friday lunches, sports tournaments and more! We are also working on positioning The Bali Run challenge as a global charity initiative under the umbrella of our employer, more to be announced soon. Besides monetary donations, we are also working on child sponsorship programs, where we hope to have Aimia offices adopting and sponsoring the children’s education. A full list of children looking for sponsors can be found here. We think this is super exciting!

As you can see, lots will be going on, so please stay tuned and check our website regularly – a place where you will be able to witness all the pre-journey preparations, our fundraising campaigns and, most importantly, where you can also make a donation.

To show my commitment and get others motivated, I have already put aside a donation worth of USD 1000 on my part – join me or beat that amount, I dare you!

How Much of a Difference Do You Want to Make?

For comparison, below you can see a table where you can determine how much of a difference you would like to make in the form of a donation. As an illustration, USD 1,000 can sponsor more than two full-time students at local Cambodian universities, for a full year, or USD 300 can provide a yearly sponsorship of full home & school support for one child!

Amount Donated (USD)
Example of Support Provided
A yearly sponsorship of full preschool support for 5 children
A yearly sponsorship of full primary or secondary school for one child
Development of a family’s own bio-sand filter as a source of clean water
A yearly sponsorship of full home & school support for one child
A yearly Cambodian University scholarship for a graduate from the   village schools
Fishponds and gardens developed to improve nutrition and eliminate hunger
Build a rainwater catchment system to benefit several village families
Agricultural stock provided to families to start up economic development
Water wells, bio-sand filters, agriculture materials and training provided to empower and transform an entire Cambodian village

In conclusion, we believe it is the responsibility of those fortunate enough to ensure that economic growth and prosperity is equally shared with those less fortunate. Little gestures of appreciation such as donations, spreading the word and being willing to help others can be translated to making Cambodia better and more involved in the international community.
Who knows, maybe, just maybe, our contribution will help find the future Steven Jobs, Albert Einstein or Arnold Schwarzenegger amongst the future stars of Cambodia, future leaders who will make Cambodia known on the world stage. Let’s find out by enabling these future stars!

If you are considering supporting our programs in Cambodia, you can visit our website to get more information about Donations.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Meet our Partner: East-West Center

We are so proud to have such a wonderful partnership with East-West Center who have been helping Sustainable Cambodia's on its mission for quite a while.

East-West Center Fellows 
East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, non-profit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

At Sustainable Cambodia we welcomed six East-West Center Fellows last month, who conducted training courses for SC's students and staff

Here is a brief summary of the sessions we had: 

"Making a Future Workshop": SC's students participated on this workshop focused on conceptual teaching methods of: spatial reasoning, storytelling, brainstorming, discussion-based, active learning, and creativity. As part of the sessions, students brainstormed their top 10 community issues with resulted in issues such as: healthcare, clean water, access to technology, getting to and from school, learning foreign languages, underdeveloped roadways, extreme weather, litter and air pollution, urban migration and jobs at home.

Students brainstorming together
"Photography Workshop": All SC's Project Managers participated in the workshop focused on how to take better photographs, how to use the different functions of a camera, and different photography techniques such as "the rule of thirds". This was really helpful as Project Managers need to take photos and include them in the reports to our different donors and sponsors.

Photography practice  
"Marketing workshop": Marianne Dutkiewicz and Zelda Keller provided Marketing and Social Media recommendations to our Marketing team, in order to improve the online presence and engagement of Sustainable Cambodia. Topics covered in the workshop included blog creation, social media, newsletter creation, fundraising, and a 10 day Kickstarter campaign.   

"Enquirer based Learning Workshop": Youth Club students enjoyed participating in this workshop based on a new technique for problem-solving. By asking different questions, students learnt the importance of inquiry-based learning. After the East West Center Fellows introduced the topic, they asked students to brainstorm ideas and students spent over an hour putting their ideas on paper. The exercise engaged students, made them use spatial reasoning, and allowed them to demonstrate their language skills and artistic abilities.
Students presented their posters
Students and staff had a great time at the different workshops. Even the younger students learnt a lot and were interested in the activities.

Marianne with some of the younger students
At the end of the workshop, Fellow trainer Nina introduced everyone to a Hawaiian tradition: the Kokui Nut Lei. Nina explained that the "Lei" (a traditional Hawaiian necklace) is given on special occasions, such as ceremonies and school graduations. They are also given to create friendship and stronger relationships between people. A lovely way to summarize their engagement with the students.


We had some exciting days with the East-West Center Fellows, and students were very happy about the new concepts they learnt and were excited to put all into practice. SC's staff members that participated in the different training, were grateful for all the new things they learnt too.

EWC Fellows, students and staff 

Thanks, East-West Center, for choosing SC again to empower our staff and students. We have learned a lot! We are looking forward to your next visit to Pursat.