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Newsletter, Feb 2012

Posted by Tammy D on February 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Barangs on Bikes, Giant Puppet Parade & Full Belly Farm development

Newsletter 2, Feb 2012

Another jam-packed month at ABCs, including the Giant Puppet Parade, studying space, practicing songs and dances for our end-of-year concert and great efforts in soccer with the 15 and unders winning their first game of the season. The staff and volunteers have also had a big month with the the Barangs on Bikes fundraiser and also huge developments on the Full Belly Farm site. To donate to the bike fundraiser please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=ABC-rice&pageUrl=3

Barangs on Bikes

On the 18th, 19th and 20th Feb, 10 barangs and 2 Khmers rode a massive 320 km (200 miles) to Poipet on the Thailand border and back to raise money for ABCs. They endured their fair share of trials from rain, mud, heat, dust, rogue geese, wandering dogs and many open-mouthed locals along the way. And returned home to the warmest of welcomes from the kids. Great, great job Team ABCs!

Its a new building!

The new kitchen/toilet block/play room/storage room building is moving ahead rapidly. The build team has done an exceptional job, building the walls and inside structures to compliment the work done by the local builders. Tom-tom thanks to Pete, Jeff and Dave (the Aussies) and Little America (Dan, Tom and Andy) and Steve who is being adopted by the Aussies because "he's just like us!" Now to spend a lot of time teaching the kids how to use toilet-paper.

End-of-year concert

Volunteer Beth has been working hard with all the kids to prepare them for the end-of-year concert. Song and dance routines are practiced regularly and at any time of the day, music is blasting out of one of the classrooms, generally coupled with laughter and giggles. From Journey, John Lennon, Katrina and the Waves, Black-eyed Peas, the theme from Madagascar and Paul Kelly - there's something in it for everyone - complete with dance moves!

Space - it's out there

This month's study theme has been space and all the children have enjoyed learing about the planets and stars that make up our solar system. Craft activities have also involved designing moonstations and making rockets from toilet paper rolls. The highlight has been the giant rocket built by our volunteers from Team USA (Dan, Andy, Vanessa and Tom) - thanks so much guys, the kids love it!

Giant Puppet Parade

30 extremely excited kids plus a bunch of equally-excited volunteers and staff recently took part in one of the biggest nights on Siem Reap's calendar - the Giant Puppet Parade. ABCs kids spent 2 days building a scorpion (with help from the event organisers and artists from Battambang) and then paraded through Siem Reap to the delight of thousands of locals and tourists who lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the 8 giant puppets. What an awesome night! Photo credit: Oyen Rodriguez

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