We would like to share the wonderful achievements of our projects that serve the poor, disadvantaged and at risk children and young women, as well as the vulnerable in various communities of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
Our goal is to improve the quality of life and help disadvantaged children and young women improve their lives. We are strongly committed ourselves to using all our energy, knowledge, skills, and experience to invest in helping to break the cycle of ignorance and poverty and create a more comfortable environment through the opportunities presented by both education and compassionate care.
Sustainable Community Projects (SCP)
SCP, supported by Rice for Cambodia Australia and Paul White through the PW Foundation, provided food every month during the first half of 2016 to fifty-five poor families from six villages in Peak Sneng Commune, Angkor Thom District. Additionally, twenty families received microloans to start home businesses as well as home gardening guidance to help improve their economic situation.
Two hundreds and fifty school uniforms and study materials are provided to poor children once a year to promote school enrolment and education in rural areas.
Our assistants, project coordinators, and volunteers from the villages conduct monitoring and evaluation of the children and their families regularly. As a result, twenty percent of poor families have improved due to increased work opportunities, while gambling, drinking, and domestic violence have dramatically decreased. The most remarkable statistic is that ninety-eight percent of children in the community attend school regularly. Most of the children no longer need to work in order to make the money for their families.
Children’s Development Village (CDV)
The CDV is supported by Chance für Kinder in Kambodscha and North Universalist Chapel Society. Currently, there are twenty-eight children in the Children Development Village, located in Leap Village, Peak Sneng Commune, Angkor Thom District, which is twenty-five kilometres north of Angkor Wat. In 2015, we repaired the bottom columns of house number 3 and house number 4, installed lengthening protection, built a kitchen, repaired the roof of the kitchen, filled up the land in the garden area, and set up a new program for our children in the centre. As a result, our children lived in a secure, safe, and healthy environment, enjoyed healthy growth, and all moved forward to new grades in the academic year for 2016.
Unfortunately, It was sad for our family that one of our dear children was affected by leukaemia. We tried our best to offer him treatment in Bangkok, Thailand for more than six months even though the doctor said he was unlikely to recover from this disease. He died shortly after his return to Cambodia.
Program Advancing Girl’s Education (Page)
PAGE is supported by the Bartlett Family Charitable Trust, Lisa Duffy, North Universalist Chapel Society and approximately 20 other donors from Australia – all these people make PAGE possible. By the end of 2015, nine PAGE girls took the national examination for their high school level. The result was that six students passed their exam but three unfortunately failed. One student received a university scholarship from Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, one received a university scholarship from Battambang University in Mathematics, and another (Las Srey Mao) is now working at our Head Office here at LHA as an administrative assistant. Of the seven other students, they entered vocational training at the Salabai Organisation, learning hospitality, housekeeping, cooking, and makeup.
In late August we will complete a major extension to the PAGE dormitories, kitchen, dining and bathrooms. The project will cost $75,000, contributed by the PW Foundation, The Bartlett Family Trust, and s friend of Lisa Duffy’s.
All our students in grade 10 and 11 were promoted in the new academic year. In order to facilitate their learning we have built a new library and equipped it with ten computers, an LCD projector and screen, reading tables, chairs, a printer, and more than two thousand books. We also offer English and Computer programs to the students and conduct self-development programs every Sunday night.
Three senior students (Noun Vichany, BBU, and CUS) who studied at Royal University of Law and Economics have successfully graduated for their Bachelor Degree in Economics and Accounting. One of them is now working as an assistant to the CEO of a real estate company in Phnom Penh.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap & LHA Sewing School (STS)
STS is supported by Park Hyatt Siem Reap, and in 2015 we had the successful operation of our 11th promotion which started from February to December 2015 and was marked by holding a celebration for their graduation. It was our honour to have many important people attended this graduation ceremony especially Venerable Nal Chhum, Wat Damnak, Leader and the Honourable President of LHA, Mr. Ourn Pov, the Siem Reap City Governor, representatives of the Department of Labor and Vocational Training, local authorities, company owners, shop managers, as well as parents and students – a very warm celebration.
We offered a sewing machine and some sets of clothes to each graduate student as a present for their graduation. This 11th Promotion showed significant success after graduation and saw twenty-three students employed with good jobs and good wages.
Two moved back to their homelands and started a business, and another one attends other vocational training for her future business.
The new graduate students from the Sewing School are from poor families in rural villages. They will probably get jobs after graduation at the sewing shops in Siem Reap, with a minimum good salary. This job employment is guaranteed by LHA through partnerships with many shops and sewing centres in the city. They are happy to have a job and can earn income from their first job experience. Most of them said if they didn’t have a chance to study here they would have no way forward and would have to work as construction labourers or farmers at home.
Early in 2016, we received a fund worth $6,000 from GO Campaign, USA to build a new hostel at PAGE as accommodation for sewing students and a new canteen for all students living here. This construction project is expected to be finished by late 2016. This will help reduce the monthly costs of renting a house for the students who study at our Sewing Center. Especially, it will make it easier to look after all students and provide for them.
Buddhism in Society Program (BSP)
BSP is supported by many general donors. We built twenty Peace Houses for poor families in various communities around Siem Reap with money and supports from many different people, families and organisations both in Cambodia and abroad. Each house costs only $2,300 for the materials, excluding the technician and labour costs as these are volunteered free by monks and local villagers for each house we build for the poor families in each village. This brings the total number of houses built to well over 100!
Morality education – we focus in five different villages: Pouk, Hun Sen Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei, Hun Sen Siem Reap, and Angkor Thom High Schools. We give the training once a month for the first year students at Siem teacher training college, once a week for all students at Wat Damnak Primary School, two times a month for the Foreign Language School, and two times a week at the Sewing Training School. This program teaches children and youths how to live in society with harmony and learn to respect each other based on the principles of Buddha’s teachings and Khmer culture, and be good citizens of our country.
Seal of Love – Scholarship and Leadership Training Program
This Training Program offered ten University Scholarships to the young monks to study in different fields of interest. In the same year, three senior scholarship students: Ven. Sambath Lyyoeurth, Ven. Sok Rem, and Ven. Voeurng Savorn graduated with a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and Law. We provided a great opportunity for education of monks and general people. Thus now there are 30 undergraduate and 2 postgraduate students under our support.
Furthermore, we provided a leadership training workshop on administration and leadership to the Wat Leaders from forty-two monasteries in Siem Reap. This program aims to strengthen the leadership capacity of higher ranking monks who are responsible for looking after the monks under their supervision. In December, 2015 we offered a 2 day seminar by inviting three key guest lecturers: a professor from Build Bright University, a director of Public Function Department of Siem Reap, and the secretary of head monk of Banteay Menchey province to give us a lecture on their knowledge and skills in administration and documentation. As a result, there were 38 monks among the 41 who attended this leadership training workshop. Even though this was the first time, it was a great success as many monks were interested to attend the training, again because it directly relates to their current tasks at their temples.
So on behalf of LHA, I would like to extend my gratefulness and thankfulness to all donors, sponsors, and friends who have always given us the amazing and generous support to ensure our works continue to help disadvantaged people – especially children and women at risk – and to improve their lives with stability, peace, and happiness. I wish you all success.
With peace and love,
Venerable Lorm Loeurm
Executive Director | Life and Hope Association | Wat Damnak | Siem Reap | Cambodia
Address: Wat Damnak (Damnak monastery), SangkatSalakomreuk, Siem Reap, Cambodia,
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A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda