Merry Christmas and welcome to 2019!

A bit late with the Christmas update. But here’s the latest from NHCC, 3 days into the new year.

Christmas 2018

Santa brought gifts that brought smiles to all the faces of NHCC and to many day children from the local village who don’t often have the many opportunities to receive new things.

Amongst the goodies were 47 bikes, 60 portable speakers, 20 remote control cars, 10 drones, 2 helicopters, dolls, and many, many other wonderful things.

6AM- a second bus load full of pressies for the stage!Rolda and Khav ready to get their Christmas on!The lovely Srey Noch- featured in the fundraiser and doing great in Phnom Penh!

YouRolda got a bike!Mrs Claus ready to spread the love!

Sad News- Dany, much loved child of NHCC

On Sunday 30th December I received the sad news that Dany, an young 18 year old member of the NHCC family had succumbed to the complications of HIV/AIDS.

She was loved so dearly by John and Kathy, the children, and the teachers and volunteers that she came in contact with.

A terribly sad way to finish the year and to start a new one. Also a reminder of how important communities like NHCC are to the well-being of children in developing countries, particular those children that need medical care to live the fullest life they can and that they deserve.

My remaining time for Summer 2019

After Christmas and New Years Eve with my dear friend John in Kep, I arrived back at the Village on the 2nd Jan.

I have just next week with the dear kids of NHCC in whatever teaching capacity I’m needed.

I love these kids!

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T’was the night before Christmas 2018

Return December 2018

I am back for my 5th consecutive Christmas and it is a joy to be with the wonderful kids of NHCC. Having visited in September when the school year had not started, it was such a contrast seeing them all back in uniform and into a routine.

Christmas will be tomorrow- Sunday 23rd December. So how do you round off the final day of school? A Christmas concert of course. Very cute!

Grade 9

I had the pleasure of taking 9th Grade on Wednesday morning. These are the same kids I taught this time last year and the year before that. Their enthusiasm and energy make me smile. They have grown so much and the conversations we have, both in and out of the classroom, are of such depth now, we have really formed great bonds of trust and humour. Having that continuity with these kids is something I treasure.

Photos below taken by the students:

Hanging around

I have tagged along (invited myself) with Teacher Mike on his afternoon walks. The landscape is such a dry contrast to September.

That’s NHCC in the background.

NHCC

Here’s some shots of this week. After Christmas festivities I’m off to Kep for the week to see my mate John, for 25th December Christmas Day and to see in the New Year.

I look forward to sharing our Christmas Day very soon!

Merry Christmas!!!

Paul x

A quick visit back! September 18 2018

So it seems this post never made it out on September 18. This was 3 months ago…

I have a new post coming for December 19, you’ll see a difference in seasons for sure!

It’s really just photos… so enjoy!

A lush return to Kampong Speu

Visit by Government Ministry

Some backstage shots

Congrats to the graduates of 2017/18

It was such a privilege to be present the moment Mesa found out he’d passed Grade 12. The sheer relief and pleasure on his face, and Director Many will be something I treasure! I wish all the Grade 12 students safe journeys into Phnom Penh in the near future.

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Waterpark Excursion

My mate Rolda!

My little mate Rolda is about to go into 8th Grade… and he ain’t so little anymore.

Check out his artwork that he gave me.

The final hour

Well, this is my last update for a while. I leave NHCC in less than an hour. I’ve had just the best final day with the Grade 8A class… just love them to bits and will miss them all!

This morning started with assembly, and not being competitive AT ALL, we won the ‘Gratitude Competition’… listing over 50 things we are grateful for in our lives.

In Library I had the opportunity to speak with each student 1-1 about their weekly spelling results and to tell them how proud I am of them. I held it together… just!

But the best session was last. We have been working on our own “Turtle and the Rabbit” books since Tuesday. Today we visited 5 classes to read them and share work that they are truly proud of. To see them interact with the younger students was really touching… especially as they then retold their stories in Khmer for the Grade 1 class. Some told me they translated their English, others said they just made it up. Bless them!

So as a nearby wedding begins it’s 3 day blast of music across the fields and into NHCC in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia.

This is Paul, signing off.

What’s been happening?

Hello all,

It’s my final week at NHCC for this trip- as always I can’t believe my departure is almost here again!

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Blessing at Pagoda

Ended the year with a monk blessing. Been meaning to get one since I got here and the end of the year was a perfect way to cleanse myself and start fresh. Whether you are Buddhist or not- this cleansing ceremony was literally refreshing! Being with locals who are asking the monk for advice for their families and themselves was very special to be invited into.

Not my most flattering photos but oh well…

Year 8A Assembly

It’s not easy for everyone to speak in front of their peers, but I was so proud to see the kids stand in front of their grade 7-9 classes and introduce the word of the month “Gratitude”, teach everyone “thankyou” in 6 languages, and some students read their recounts about Christmas Day. So proud of them all!

Thank you cards

Another way to show gratitude was to make cards for the supporters of the fundraiser to sponsor a teacher. They loved knowing their cards are coming to Australia!

And to round off this post… here’s a gorgeous young girl that likes to help me lock the classroom door…

Christmas at NHCC 2017

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, wherever you may be.

Pre-Christmas Fun

We had a wonderful Friday- the last day of school until the new year. Reading in the library, games in the classroom, then the school concert. Photos and YouTube links below:

Grade 5 Elephants and Teacher Mike

Khmer song at Christmas Concert 1

Khmer Song at Christmas Concert 2

The students and teachers were so proud of the effort some went to for their performance.

 

Christmas Day

A busy start to Christmas morning. Started moving around 400 named gifts to the pavilion before 6am, setting up the tree and all things festive before the sun! With such a strong, enthusiastic crew of teachers and volunteers we were set-up by 6:40am!

The excitement was pretty clear once Santa arrived: another new way this year… see the video below. I don’t know how he does it!!!

Santa arrives at NHCC 2017

Smiling faces everywhere as the kids waited for their name to be called.

And here’s a tired Santa with his own gifts… heading off to put his feet up!

Kep

Enjoyed a beautiful 25 December Christmas with my dear friend John in coastal Kep. This is also where the fun will be for New Years Eve. Back to the village on the 2nd January… ready to roll my sleeves up and get back into it.

In case you hadn’t heard yet- the fundraiser finished on $5,001: just an incredible result!

Here’s to a Happy New Year!

Paul x

Share your feelings!

Hello from NHCC!

I returned to the village on Sunday and spent Monday with a focus on helping Ma Kathy and volunteers to prepare Santa’s workshop with gifts for all the kids. They were all so organised- it was an impressive well-oiled machine and I was seriously just in the way.

In the afternoon I went with Kathy and Director Many to go shopping for Christmas presents… BIKES! All 62 of them. Forgot to bring my camera unfortunately. So a total of 72 bikes will go to the older kids that had that top of their wish list. It will also help them get to the local school for morning classes.

Christmas is definitely coming

Tuesday to Friday I have been helping Teacher Rachel in her Grade 8 class… these are the kids I taught in Grade 7 this time last year. It’s such a beautiful feeling to walk into a classroom and pick up where you left off. We got straight into reading comprehension strategies and they responded so well. We’ve also done some shared poetry writing for Christmas and Rachel had them making these really cute snowflakes.

Tomorrow we will get the Wii consoles out and have a fun morning before the Christmas concert.

Grade 3 “I Feel” books

This afternoon all teachers and volunteers were invited to the Grade 3 classrooms so they could share their books about feelings. “I feel happy when…” “I feel sad when…” etc. They were so proud to share their feelings with us all. They are in great hands with Teacher Kimmy and Teacher Cassie (both in my fundraiser video)

Check out Watana reading his book below:

Watana reads his Feelings book

Fund a Teacher

We have 1day to go with the fundraiser. We have reached $4,300 which means from your generosity we have fully funded a teacher for a school year. If you were considering donating and haven’t yet…NHCC would love your support. Would love to see the final total as high as it can be!

https://startsomegood.com/fund-a-teacher-at-nhcc

Looking forward to a beautiful Christmas Day on Sunday (Santa is coming to Cambodia a day earlier this year).

Have a great day on Monday- wherever you may be!

Paul x