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If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
if you are planning for a lifetime , educate people.
A Chinese proverb


February has been a very busy month. Students, teachers and volunteers, as well as the
Chiro community have all worked hard to move us closer to our goals of a fruitful
education for all in a resilient and independent community. We are happy to share that
we have made progress on several fronts, the following are some of the highlights.

New Volunteers

We have welcomed three new volunteers this month; Guillaume and JeanPhilippe from Canada are teaching English. Genevieve from France is also
teaching English and working on improving and expanding our website

New Bungalow Project

The beginning of the month saw a start of our next building project. We are
constructing four new bungalows which will accommodate eight new guests in

The project is progressing smoothly with the help of OBT staff, volunteers, and
local workers The first two units are nearly completed and the third is rising fast.
The timely completion is essential as we expect a group of 28 guests in late
March! These additional accommodations will translate into additional income
for OBT projects.


New Music Teacher

We are pleased to announce that Pli Muth has joined our staff of teachers. He is
working with the students on music and traditional dance. With Pli Muth’
assistance means we can expand the depth and scope of instruction in these art
forms helping to preserve the children’s heritage and nurture their talents.

Dance practice

Plastic Project Progress

The plastic project work is progressing on schedule spearheaded by Meki and
Caroline major accomplishment was the completion of an over 450 meters
channel for a pipe to bring water to the plastic processing site. This was
extremely demanding work as the ground in the area is very hard and largely
overgrown with weeds and nettles and infested with ants. Meki and Caroline,
Coco and Sylvain did the vast majority of the work. A local man was hired
towards the end of the project but unfortunately his work was substandard and
our volunteers needed to complete the job. We now have water at the site. Well


Plastic project crew

The next stage of the plastic project has started with the arrival Association Sourire’s
group of four students and two teachers led by Denis Brunet. Their primary task will
be construction of the workshop on the site designated for the project, and
construction of the hardware necessary for the processing of the plastic into building
materials. The structure will be on a steel frame and they have been constructing the
necessary components with the help of Mr Thet from Chiro. This group also brought
a water tank for the site and helped, along with a local worker named Viarek, to
connect the water pipes.

Our Visitors

February has seen many important visits to OBT:
The Kampong Cham branch of a Phnom Penh Christian charity led by Bun Horn
visited us early in the month. This group has been a supporter of OBT for
several years. They toured our campus and met with our students and brought
gifts of Tshirts as well as a donation to support the school.


The Sala Bai School has been an important partner for OBT throughout the years.
Emmanuelle Dethomas, the president of Agir Pour le Cambodge (APLC) in Paris
and Phillipe Steinmetz, the director of Sala Bai School

visited OBT this month. We discussed OBT’s current projects and achievements
as well as our vision for the next five to ten years, and ways of advancing toward
these goals in the current political and economic environment. It was a
productive discussion. Sala Bai will continue to fund one of our teachers in the
coming year. Emma will also contact Francois Ponchaud, the author of
Cambodia:Ÿear Zero written during the Pol Pot regime to discuss possibly
writing about contemporary Cambodia including OBT.
Aurora Elmore visited us from National Geographic Society to view and film
our flagship building which they had sponsored. We also discussed our long
term goals and a possible lasting partnership. In the short term National
Geographic’s LX NEG fund will be covering the costs of the restaurant
construction and the addition one hundred students to the OBT student body.
Tony Betts is a member of the Rotary Club of Redbrdge in UK. Clive, his friend
told him about OBT, and recommended he visit us. After touring our campus
Tony asked how his organization could help. We discussed our plan to become
an accredited school so we can provide all of our children’s education, and the
associated expenses for teachers, school materials, student’s uniforms and
supporting services. Tony will discuss with his club how they could become
involved in this goal.
We were also pleased to host a member of Passerelles Numeriques, An NGO
which has had a presence in Cambodia since 2007, and who strives to assist
disadvantaged youth through education in technology fields. We have recently
equipped our computer lab and are in need of instructors and expertise.
Passerelles Numeriques is looking to branch out from Phnom Penh into the
countryside. This may prove to be a productive partnership as our target
populations of disadvantaged youth and our values of equality and accessibility
of education parallel each other.



Chess is a popular pastime before classes start

It’s been an excellent month, and we could not do it without all of you!
Thanks for all of your generous help and support!
Lets continue to make this happen!



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