ABCs and Rice

Empowering the poor, through education and community support,
to break the cycle of poverty.


One Year In, and the Sky is the Limit ! (Late 2010, Early 2011)

Posted by Tammy D on March 20, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Lots of Changes

Posted by Tammy Durand on Thursday, December 16, 2010


Hi everyone!

What has been happening at ABC’s & Rice you ask? Well as usual the list is never ending!

 We have just recently begun the ‘Back to School’ program, where students who can’t afford the daily cost of going to public school are being supported by ABC’s & Rice. The program consists of selecting students with good attendance records and a drive for the future. |The students on the program are enrolled into the local public school, where we must negotiate the daily fee for the teacher, which we pay monthly, ensuring the students have a seat in the classroom. On top of that, the students are provided with uniforms, shoes and school bags. The families of these children are given rations of rice and seasonings, including; Vegetable oil, soy sauce, toothbrushes and such are delivered each month to take the pressure off such a large part of whatever income they can come across. The first few students on the program are very excited to be back in the school system and making new friends.

We’ve held a few minor fundraisers in the last couple of months, including “Fashions on the River” based on the Melbourne Spring Carnival, video of the horse races were sent over, so we could conduct sweep stakes and minor betting on each race. We raised $180US on the horses. The exciting night was topped off with a fashion parade of dresses from local boutique shops and modeled by local volunteers, all of whom were a little nervous at first to be on a cat walk, but ended up having a fabulous time and are already excited to do the next one J

On the school site we’re going through a little remodeling in preparation for the expanded land space come February, many amazing and exciting things going on there…stay tuned…

October saw ABC’s & Rice go on their first field trip to Beng Melea Temple, all the students had a fantastic time as did the volunteers who came and us. It was a rather scary event to organize, taking 100 students on such a large excursion…wow…a daunting process! All our fears were for nothing as the day ran smoothly, the students were very well behaved and the truck drivers were wonderful!

Since then, we have ventured out and taken the senior classes swimming at the |Sydney Aqua pool last week (only some minor upset for the younger siblings that couldn’t go J ) Little did they know that the junior classes were on for the next excursion and so we are taking them to Kids Plaza this Friday, smiles all round!

Christmas is coming up next week, so we are planning a small Christmas Eve fun day, less to do with Christmas and more to do with fun and games! We will keep Christmas pretty low key, as it is hardly a Buddhist festival and we are planning to have quite the Shindig come February, for the opening of the new space and ABC’s & Rice School turns 1!!! Where has the last 12 months gone?

Of course it doesn’t stop there! Our school football team has been training for some months now, and are ready to play competitively…Jan 9th will be ABC’s & Rice School Football Clubs inaugural match! The team has ear to ear grins and are training harder than ever! We’re all looking forward to the season and hope to sneak in a win or two along the way.

February will also bring the Siem Reap Giant Puppet Parade, students talented in art will be chosen for the workshops to build the puppets and the floats. The workshops run for about 2 weeks and once complete everyone gets together and displays their creations through town. The Giant Puppet Parade is an exciting event for the students and Siem Reap itself. We feel very lucky to have been invited to such a large town fundraising event.


Well that’s all for now, stay tuned…remodeling…….


ABCs and Rice

No Child Forgotten

Boy have we been busy!

Posted March 2011

In December we started building our new classrooms, kindly donated by; Jenny and Gary Spence, the Schage family, and our resident artist Bryn.  New gardens are in bloom, thanks again, to the amazing Jenny and Gary (can’t wait til your back in town!).

In February we signed a new lease, an the lot of land beside us, and celebrated the school’s first birthday party. Wow what a day of fun and games! We played Bobbing for apples, blind mans bluff and pin the tail on the donkey. There were pinatas, water relays, sack races, and watermelon eating contests. We had helium balloons, balloon animals, and darn near professional face painting (Trixie and Heather). Every child got a prize, and everyone ate more than Im sure they usually have per week for their family. The smiles were priceless! The students favourite was of course…the giant jumping castle! The kids were a little nervous of it at the start, as they had never seen such a sight before . As the day concluded we enjoyed Birthday cake, courtesy of Annie, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house when a level 4 student, Demone, sang a heart felt Happy Birthday ABCs, followed by a touching "Thank you ABCs, Big-Big". 

We really are proud of how far we have come, and look forward to taking ABCs to the next level.

The big bash was quickly followed by the Giant Puppet Project which all the students had a blast building, then prancing around Siem Reap bursting with pride of their giant, puppet creation, and school. The parade ended with many sleepy faces.  The kids were so pumped with energy from 4pm till nearly 10pm. By the time the truck stopped, some of the little ones barely had the energy to climb out.


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Reply Colleen Allan-Burns
9:16 AM on January 30, 2012 
Wow! this all sounds so exciting, I do hope that you go from strength to strength, and I very much hope to be a great part of it in 2012.
Good luck to you all.