Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rebuilt two houses for poor family

Last week, we got two groups for The Bamboo Project with 20pax include 4 Tour Leaders. They came here for 4 days. The purpose of these groups visited NHC, rebuilt two new houses and also prepared two vegetable gardens for poor family. The first day they came to visit NHC, village tour, volunteered in English class and other days they rebuilt two houses for Chumpa’s family and Yaov’s family.
Please kindly read Chumpa’s and Yaov’s story below:

Mother    :     Dol Chumpa (34 years)
Father     :     Huot Huorn (36 years)
Children :     Huot SreyKa (7 years) Huot Srey Kan (3years)

These struggling young parents live in Bakong District, Siem Reap where they were both born and raised.Their parents live here also. Chumpa, Huorn and SreyKa live in a small room attached to the side of Chumpa’sparent’s house. The home is very basic and comprised of a dirt floor and minimal possessions. They have a wooden bed and an old, tattered sleeping mat. Disturbingly they don’t have any mosquito nets at all! This is potentially a great health risk as mosquitoes are prevalent and carry many deadly diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.

Chumpa’s parents are very poor; her father has tuberculosis and her mother is also ill but has not seen a doctor – there is no money available for medical attention. Huorn’s parents struggle to survive as farm workers; his siblings all work as either farm or cement workers. All of these occupations are very hard work and very poorly paid.

Huornhad been employed as a cement worker until his bicycle broke, leaving him with no way to get to the job site in Siem Reap, twenty five kilometers away.The broken bicycle has had a catastrophic effect on the family. While this happened almost one year ago the family has never had enough money left over to pay for repairs and parts. Over the year, Huornfound work two days a week on a farm doing general farm work and cutting rice during the harvest season. He earns $1.25US a day but with only two days’ work per week, this is not enough to feed his family. When Huorn has no work he and Chumpa try to survive by growing some morning glory (a Cambodian vegetable) to sell but they are often forced to beg for food in the village. Going to bed hungry is not an unusual occurrence for this family. Even baby SreyKa is often hungry. Because of her poor diet Chumpa has very little breast milk so SreyKais fed on thin rice porridge, that is, when rice is available!

The family suffers from chronic stomach problems, coughs, colds and fevers, all constant conditions of poverty stricken people.

They have access to water but the open field is their toilet, along with the other villagers. Hygiene is a major problem in the area, particularly in the wet season when large pools of water stagnate under highsethouses, creating a breeding ground for disease. Chumpaand Huorncannot gets help from their families as they are just as poor, in fact the couple feels that they should be helping their poor parents! Sadly they do not have the means to do this. 

Here photos of her house after we rebuilt :

One more family :

Father : Yan Yaov 33 years
Mother : Tun Samai 30 years
Son : Yan Ya 10 years
Son : Yan Dara 6 years
Son : Yan Meisa 1 year

Samai: Was born in Bakong district she has 8 siblings, 4 sisters and 4 brothers. Her second oldest brother died when she was a young girl due to illness. Her other brothers and sisters are well, some working as rice farmers and the others as cement workers. She lost her father when she was 12 due to illness and her mother 1 year later also due to illness. She studied only to grade 2 as she stopped going to school when her mother passed away. Samai worked as a farmer looking after someone’s cow, the agreement was that she would receive the first calf that was born she did this until she was 16 years old. At the age of 16 she became a cement worker this is where she met her husband 3 years later (Yan Yaov).

Yaov- He has 7 siblings, 4 sisters and 3 brothers who are all well and work as rice farmers in the rainy season and cement workers in the dry season. Both of his parents are still alive and well but no longer work due to their age. 

Both Yaov and Samai are cement workers; Samai doesn’t work as often as Yaov as she is still looking after a young child. The family is poor sometimes only having a little bit of money for food which sometimes isn’t enough. Sometimes the mother has to go and ask for food from the food seller and pay back at a later date when she receives her pay check so the family can eat. If someone falls ill the family cannot afford medicine. 

Yan Ya- Is in grade 1 at Khmer public school and attends English at the local NGO school in kindergarten.
Yan Dara- Was too young for school but it due to be enrolled in October. 
Yan Mesa- Is too young to be enrolled into school
All the children and mother are in good health. The father (Yaov) has a skin condition from working as a cement worker, which causes him discomfort as it is very itchy.
House Condition: 
The roof of the house is in good condition and doesn’t look overly old. The walls of the house are made from palm leafs and are in very bad condition with holes throughout and when it rains water enters into the main house. The wooden floor of the house is in poor condition with holes. The kitchen roof outside is made of palm leaf also and leaks in some parts. The wooden step into the house has snapped and needs to be replaced. 

Here photos of his house after we rebuilt :

How do you feel after you read their story? Surely, you will feel sad with their story. This is the reason that NHC and The Bamboo Project help them. 

We would like to say thank you so much for all kindly guys as NHC team and 20pax from The Bamboo Project for your hard working, your money and also your time. We wish you good luck and successful with everything you need.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fixed the house for Neuy

Last week, we got 13 people from Bamboo Tour. They came here for 4 days. The first day, in the morning they visited NHC, volunteered in English class and tour in Mondul 3 village.  In the afternoon, they departure to Bakong community and fixed the house for Mrs. Hem Neuy.
Please kindly read Neuy’s story below:

Mother:           Hem    Neuy    (46years)
Daughters:      Sap Soknay (14 years), Chay Vanoeurn (11 years)
Son:                 Chay Choeurm (8 years)

Hem Neuy was born in Bakong district, Siem Reap province where she still lives. Neuy is very close to her younger sister and elderly mother who also live in Bakong. Her father died over twenty years ago from tuberculosis; he had earned his living making carts which he later sold. Neuy’s childhood was spent in poverty however, despite this, the family was relatively happy. Sadly however their peaceful daily life suffered a brutal change when the Pol Pot regime came into power. This radical communist Khmer Rouge revolution, under its leader Pol Pot, seized power in Cambodia in 1975 after years of guerrilla warfare, turning the country into grisly killing fields. An unparalleled genocide campaign led to annihilation of an estimated 20% of the population. Cambodian people died from the combined effects of forced labour, malnutrition, poor medical care and executions. It was during this time that Neuy’s family members were separated. They were sent to force labor camps in different districts. Despite Neuy being only a small child at the time she still had to toil for long hours under cruel and inhumane conditions. When the Khmer Rouge government was at last overthrown the family was thankfully re-united; they returned to the remnants of their old lives in Bakong. It was there that Neuy met the man she was to soon marrying, Chay Chea. Chea was also born in Bakong. He had three siblings. His father has since passed away along with one sibling. With only the most minimal education to grade one Chea earned his living cutting timber for house walls. In time three children were born to Neuy and Chea. Neuy was very content to stay at home and care for the little ones. Both illiterate, the parents highly value education and made the resolve to provide schooling for their children. At present all three children attend public school; Soknay is in grade six, Vanoeurn grade two and Choeurm grade one.

Life has always been a constant struggle for the family. As if it wasn’t hard enough tragedy came three years ago when Neuy’s much loved Chea died from tuberculosis. Even more heartache was to follow…..Neuy, 11 year old Vanoeurn and 8 year old Choeurm were diagnosed with tuberculosis; only 14 year old Soknay has good health. While Neuy and the children have been provided with the necessary medication Neuy doesn’t have the money necessary to pay for the cost of travelling to the hospital in Siem Reap for their necessary checkups. Consequently Neuy and the children all still suffer from shortness of breath and fevers; Neuy also has a problem with pain in her legs. Fortunately the family owns their small house. They have a water pump however there is no toilet so there is no option but to use the open fields. Any possessions they have are few and very old.When she is well enough Neuy cuts rice to earn an income; these days she is usually too sick to work. Sadly the children often have to be kept home from school so that they can work (for others), selling goods to the tourists at Bakong Temple. Although Neuy is not happy to take the children out of school she is left with no choice; the reality is that the children’s meager earnings and her begging for food from the neighbors provide their only means of survival. That’s all about Neuy’s story. How do you feel when you read her story? You maybe feel sad with her life. This is the reasons that NHC and Bamboo team decided to help her.

She felt really happy to got new house and her life will be better than before. She would like to say thank you so much all kindly guys for your hard working and your valuable time. She wish you good luck and successful with your job.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Jody's Last Day

Friday last week was a very sad day for everyone at New Hope Cambodia. It was the day that we said goodbye to the wonderful Jody Bonar, our Services Manager and Clinical Advisor.
Jody has been with NHC for over 3 years, during which time her input has been amazing.
Her dedication to the wellbeing of everyone was second to none.
Jody was a tireless worker who was often the first to work and the last to leave and weekends were also work days for her.
She is a compassionate, caring, generous person who is greatly respected and loved by all.
Jody has generated a huge amount of support while here and will be greatly missed.
We wish her well for the future and thank her for the incredible work she has done to improve the lives of the Cambodian people.
Our love goes with her.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On the last Friday, New Hope Cambodia Organization had done the rice drop day. It was busy, work hard and happy day. It was really interesting, amazing and wondering for new people.
However, this month is a special month more than every month because we had 10 families who graduated from New Hope Cambodia’s sponsorship program. They have achieved this by hard work and commitment to their family’s future. They are to be congratulation on their success. New Hope wishes them every success for their future.
And we also thank you to outreach department, all volunteers and NHC staffs for your hard working on Rice drop day.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Attention New Hope Cambodia Volunteers and the people of Adelaide!
Two of our volunteers Robyn Spear & Deb McGrath will be holding a fundraiser for New Hope Cambodia on Sunday the 28th of June. ALL money raised at this event will go towards the Clinic and the new Disability Program.
It will be a great way to not only support New Hope Cambodia but also catch up with previous volunteers and to welcome newcomers – with guest speakers to provide more information about New Hope Cambodia, the Clinic and the Disability Program.
So if you think you would like to attend please email Robyn at - It will be great to see you all there!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Bamboo built new house for Tun Lai

Tun Lai was born in the Bakong district of northern Cambodia (about 18km outside Siem Reap). She comes from a large family, having two brothers and four sisters. All of her siblings now live far away from Lai’s home in Siem Reap. Her father passed away many years ago before she was 13 years old; her mother died when Lai was 18.
Her childhood family had lived in abject poverty so Lai was only able to attend school until grade 3. From the age of 15 she worked as a housekeeper in Siem Reap with all her money going to help support her family. Her employer was not a kind person, blaming Lai whenever things went wrong, so, when she was 18 years old Lai moved back to Bakong so she could be with loved ones. In Bakong she found employment as a cement worker however the pay was dismal, only US$1.00 per day.
One day she met Pas Barang who was working on the same jobsite as a cement worker. 
The young couple married 12 months later.
Barang was also born in the district of Bakong but in a different village to Lai. He has six brothers and one sister who are now all working on the rice farms or as cement workers. His parents are still living. His father is a cement worker while his mother cares for their home. Barang remembers that there was never enough rice to eat in his childhood as his family was poor and their life was very difficult.
With his parents unable to feed and care for their eight children little Barang was sent to live with relatives until he was 16 years old. In this way he was able to at least have a little education up to grade 2 level; after grade 2 there was no choice, he had to go out and find work. Regardless of whatever work he found he was still only paid US$1.25/day. All of his money went to help support his family. Three years later he found a job as a cement worker. These days Barang is able to work most days (if and when there is work available and if weather permits), earning about US$5.00/day.
At present Lai and Barang have three children. Their eldest child, Saven, is in grade 2 at Bakong School. Sadly the little boy struggles with school as he has many responsibilities to manage at home. With both his parents working, Saven is expected to look after his two younger sisters, a job he does very well.
Their second child, a daughter, Srey Lak, is currently in grade 1 at Bakong School. She is doing very well and is getting good grades. Srey Lak is a great help around the house and helps Saven look after their little one year old sister, Srey Lam.
The family owns their house although it is in very poor condition with holes in the roof and in all the walls. The dwelling is very unstable in high winds. They have sleeping mats and mosquito nets however all of the possessions are very worn and dilapidated. The fact is that everything is falling apart.
Sometime ago, Lai and Barang took out a US$600 bank loan. They were in a desperate situation having to pay hospital bills owing from when the children were sick with typhoid and dengue fever. The resulting repayments of US$50 each month are placing an enormous strain on the parents.
Lai and Barang ride an old moto to work each day. They don’t own any bicycles so the children walk to school.

The new home that  put our blood sweat and tears into was a serious upgrade from the place that they previously called home. To some people it may still look like something from a shanty town, but honestly this family will now be the envy of all their neighbors! Simple things such as a tin roof as appose to palm leaf is a luxury item! Imagine not knowing if your roof will collapse every time you have a thunder storm, or how many holes you’re going to have to patch up once the rainy season begins. Sometime with volunteering you can question if what you are doing is making a REAL difference to the people. At The Bamboo team you all know that they take their volunteering seriously, and our aim is to be responsible. No one wants to walk in and complete half a job, so with realistic goals, they decided to get the shell complete, get the walls attached and the roof on, before they handed over to the local Khmer builders to put together the finishing touches.

On the final day it was great to stand back and admire the transformation we had made, but the amazing thing was the generosity of the group didn’t stop there... On the way to the project, the group stopped at the local market to buy the family so housewarming gifts. These included; new pillow cases, a mosquito net (which they desperately needed), a new floor mat for sleeping on, some new outfits for the little girls and a brand new football kit for the lad.

Thank you so much for Bamboo team and NHC team that all of you always done great job !!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Volunteer’s meeting.

Every Tuesdays at 10:30am, we always have Volunteer’s meeting. This meeting for volunteers talk to each other about their name, where are they come from, how long they staying at NHC, which department they working for and highlight of the week. 
The purpose of the meeting for volunteers and staffs know each other and also share their experiences.

Do you want to find NGO for volunteer?
If you interest please contact us now by email:
You will meet a lot of volunteers from other countries and our staffs to share your experiences.

Friday, May 8, 2015

85th Rice Drop Day

Rice drop day for this month, we had many volunteers and G adventure group join and help us even they bit tired but still smile to those people who come to get their rice.
This is one of the new experiences for them and they can more understand what New Hope doing. 

And it was a lovely & busy day for us, as well as it made us really excited and happy when we can help people. It is also cannot make volunteers forget what they have done. 

Thank you so much for NHC staffs, volunteers and visitors for your working hard.  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

JWOC training

On Wednesday and Thursday before Khmer New Year Leakena and Robyn held a presentation session for 16 girls from an NGO called Journeys Within Our Cambodia (JWOC).
The presentations were for students of JWOC in their early twenties. The presentations included Safe Sex, Pregnancy, Labour and Birth, Postnatal Care, Breastfeeding and Contraception.

At the end of the presentation the girls were all given Days for Girls packs from New Hope Cambodia. The girls were very happy and felt that they are now well informed about these subjects.

Thank you to Robyn, Konthea from JWOC and Leakena from New Hope Cambodia for being a translator.