WHILE many people youths choose to take off to sandy white beaches for their end of year celebrations, seven locals will spend their time without power or water helping orphans in Cambodia. The trip will see the group travel to Cambodia with George Hendry to help at a school set up by the Bryn Hendry Foundation in 2010. Once there they will spend approximately three weeks visiting two different schools which have been built by the foundation.
When going overseas to help with the schools, George says it is important to leave something behind to help improve the life of the Cambodian children. “We cannot just go there and spend time with these children and then leave again,” he said. “That is why as part of going the kids are expected to raise money before they go. “For this trip, all of the money raised will be used to help build a multi-purpose outdoor amenity area at the school in Klic Village, Ratanakiri Province.” This outdoor room will be used as a place for the students to gather in wet weather and will provide an extra task room. It will also double as a kitchen. “Over the past 12 months there has been a vegetable garden and a chicken house built at the school,” George said. “And in the past month 250 fruit trees have been planted.”
The kitchen will be used to help develop and prepare the students for life after school. “It is really important to educate these kids not just with reading and writing – they also have to learn life skills,” George said. “It is also about teaching them responsibility and they will eventually learn the commercial aspect of it. “Each student will be given a chicken or vegetable to look after.” According to George the multi-purpose room is part of a long-term plan to eventually make the school self-sufficient. After visiting the school in Klic, George and the students will then head to the Prey Veng School. The school, thanks to the San Remo-Phillip Island Rotary Club, has just received a grant to fund a computer room. “They have received an International Rotary Grant that will allow them to buy the solar panels, computers and data projectors,” George said. “So when we get there hopefully all the computers will be in and the kids can teach the students how to use them.” The students will leave for Cambodia in November and to help fund the multi-purpose room in Klic a film fundraiser night is being held at the Wonthaggi Cinema on Thursday, August 8. All proceeds from the night will go to Bryn’s School and the project.