Thanks to two former BOOKBRIDGE fellows, our learning center in Takeo, Cambodia finally now provides modern bathroom facilities to its visitors and staff. Susann and Marco who collected the donations for the project tell about it.
From January until June 2013 we have lived in Takeo and have helped to fill the existing learning center with life. We painted the walls, decorated the rooms, cleaned books, bought games and searched for a Head of Learning Center and English teachers. All what was missing was a bathroom for the children and the staff as well as a playground on the outdoor area.
That´s why we started a fundraising project in September 2014. Sokoeurn Touch, Head of Learning Center in Takeo, got offers and we took care of the needed money. Soon we contacted friends, family members and colleagues and organized a Yoga fundraising event. This way, we were able to collect 3,520 EUR.
In May, the wish of the learning center staff and the children became true: in only ten days the fundament for a bathroom building was built followed by the erection of the walls and the roof, the installation of the facilities, tiling and painting. Children and staff members now have bathroom facilities with two bathrooms: one for boys and one for girls. The Head of Learning Center said it was the most beautiful bathroom in town – and it has a real roof! When we visited the learning center in May, we could see it all with our own eyes.
The collected sum was not sufficient to construct the planned playground with the lot owner thwarting our plans by withdrawing the approval for the construction of the playground. However, we didn´t let ourselves be swayed and started to plan a mobile playground. We quickly bought hoops, street chalk, footballs and badminton rackets.
Thanks to Country Manager Sokhan Khut even a brand-new table tennis table with accessories found its way to the learning center. What a joy to look into eyes beaming with happiness when we had unwrapped all the packages! The children would have loved to try the new toys all at once. Even the staff members now have a lot of fun having little table tennis matches. To complete the plan, a soccer ground is to be constructed in the near future.
Together we have accomplished great things. We say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the donators…from the bottom of our heart. Without you this wouldn´t have been possible! It is so easy to make a difference…also on the other side of the world.