Visit reports :

Our volunteers visit the families

Our 18 years old volunteers Faustine and Sam were recently given a new mission: go with our social officer Viseth to the family visits.

 

What is it?
The family visits consist in meeting the family of each student of the primary school in order to assess their living conditions. They also enable us to notice potential problems and find solutions so that the child can keep studying. When it is possible, the social workers go with another person to have a more neutral point of view on each case, not forget key elements and of course, feel safer in case of litigation. Each family is visited once a year.

 

Story of the first visits
“Sam and I (Faustine) have been volunteering in Bayon School for several months and have the opportunity to be part of the family visits. We alternate every day to go with Viseth. It is a great experience because it confronts us to the living conditions of the children we support at the school, and in a general way to the living conditions of a significant part of the Cambodians, much more difficult in the countryside than in Siem Reap where we live.

 

On the early morning, we go by motorbike towards the villages located within the site of Angkor. Between two and four children are waiting for us at the meeting point ordered by Viseth. Among them, one stays with us all day to go from a house to another one; we call him our “Tour guide”. Once arrived in front of the house, we meet the parents and children and are very well welcomed. Then, Viseth asks questions aimed at determining their living conditions: access to water, to electricity, toilets, building materials for the house, number of children to support… We also focus on the parents’ income, their daily expenses, the bank loans, their possibility to save up or not, their belongings (lands, animals…). We realize the hard reality of their everyday life. For instance, we met several mothers who work at home, making high quality hand-made baskets. They told us that they sell them for 2000 riels ($0.5) each. We were very surprised because we use to see the same baskets sold in local markets for $5 minimum! At the end of the visit, we put heads together to determine if we change the level that we attributed to the family during the recruitment. Eventually, we take a picture of the family in front of their house to keep a record of the visit.”

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Sam visite familles

Family visits bayon school

, 3 February 2016

Selection process of our students

 

Selection process of our students

New school year calls for new students! So like every year, we launched in June the selection process of our new Grade 1 students for 2015/2016. Application forms were available at the Primary School for the parents to fill and bring back to the School Director within a month.

 

To ensure fairness in our selection, we base our decisions on several criteria:

  1. ▶ Age between 6 and 8 years old
  2. ▶ Must live within 5km from the school
  3. ▶ If less than 6 members in the family, the total income must be below 150$ per month
  4. ▶If more than 6 members in the family, the total income must be below 200$ per month

 

These criteria in mind, our first step is to separate the applications meeting the criteria from the ones that don’t. Then, our social worker, with the support of the project or programme manager, visits all the families who passed the first step to verify and complete the information they gave us. It is also the occasion for her to evaluate the parents’ commitment to their child education to limit the risk of him/her dropping out of school before finishing grade 12.   When all the family visits are finished, the selection committee (Programme or Project Manager, the Social Worker, the School Director and the Teacher of Grade 1) meets to select the final 40 students that will join our school. The poorest ones are given priority, as well as girls over boys in case of similar social level, leading us to unfortunately refuse some students (more applications than available places) that meet our criteria but are just not the most underprivileged ones. Also, if the parents don’t show any commitment to their child education, and are just interested in getting education for free for a few years before sending their child to work, we reject his/her application no matter the family social level.

With this selection process, we hope to select needing but also motivated students to give them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams thanks to a well-educated and enlightened mind.

, 31 August 2015

A visit at school!

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Last November, the school received the visit of Jacqueline Chouette, former President of Ecole du Bayon, accompanied by her husband and friends, active members of the organization, coming for the second time.

The program: guard of honor (it is quite normal for a Honorary President!), speech of motivation from Jacqueline to the children and group pictures.

For this great occasion, a lunch gathering all the children supported by Ecole du Bayon was organized. In total, almost 400 lunches were delivered. On the menu, Khmer rice noodles with curry, meat and bread, a real delight for all of us!

Jacqueline jumped on the opportunity of this day to discuss with the eldest students about their daily life and know their future plans.

Srey Mom, 24 years young woman, finance her first studies year in accounting at university thanks to a scholarship offered by the Soroptimist Riom, Chatel-Guyon, Volvic Club whose Jacqueline is a member. She thanked the former President for this generous help and really important to her..

That’s not finished, our visitors also brought a suitcase full of toothbrushes and toothpastes for our distribution of hygiene kits.

When Jacqueline comes to the school, it’s always with bags full of surprises!

អរគុណ* Jacqueline !

*Thank you in Khmer

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, 30 January 2014

Check-up médical à Ecole du Bayon

Les trois prochains jours s’annoncent rudes et intenses, c’est normal nous sommes le lundi 14 octobre et les visites médicales à l’Ecole du Bayon vont commencer.

 

 

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Le Docteur Nicolas Zeller

 

Le Docteur Nicolas Zeller est fraîchement arrivé au Cambodge et à 7h30 tout le monde est prêt pour donner un coup de main. Nous voilà partis dans un rythme effréné. La motivation et l’envie sont présentes en chacun de nous. Notre premier but est donc de faire passer le maximum d’enfants pour que Nicolas puisse les ausculter.

 
Le matériel médical demandé par le doc a été fourni en partie par l’association : une balance, un thermomètre, de l’alcool à 90 °C, des compresses stérilisées etc… Nicolas a pris ses outils de travail avec lui dont une échelle de lecture Monoyer (contrôle de la vue). Les conditions d’auscultation sont réunies pour détecter les problèmes de santé éventuels de chaque enfant.

 
Une visite médicale au Cambodge dans une pagode ne s’improvise pas, par contre le lieu lui, est plus délicat à trouver. Il se trouve que la salle d’anglais reste le lieu le plus adéquat pour notre organisation. Adjugé vendu ! Nous tendons des draps (que des moines de la Pagode nous prêtent) que nous coinçons grâce à des cordages et à la structure métallique. Le cadre est assez inhabituel : cela change d’un cabinet en dur ! Autour de nous, il y a la forêt, des enfants qui jouent, des vélos entreposés, beaucoup de bruit. Cet environnement favorise une ambiance de travail plutôt détendue. Dans la salle d’attente improvisée, les enfants sont à la queue leu leu et le stress est palpable pour certains d’entre eux. Les draps suspendus autour de nous ne nous offrent qu’une petite part d’intimité et ne nous coupent finalement pas réellement de l’extérieur.

 
Les premiers pas peuvent paraître maladroits mais l’organisation d’Elodie nous est précieuse pour la suite des évènements. Nous essayons de procéder par ordre de Grade (niveau de classe) : une « pré-examination » est effectuée grâce à Neang (professeur d’anglais) : chaque enfant donne son nom, prénom, son âge et est ensuite pesé et mesuré. Toutes ces informations sont récoltées et notées contentieusement sur un dossier. Chaque enfant attend son tour. Les minutes sont longues et les rires gênés trahissent des petites angoisses. On voit bien que les enfants se parlent entre eux et que le déroulement de la visite n’a plus de secret pour les suivants !

 
Nicolas contrôle les dents (qui sont souvent très abîmées) puis il vérifie la pulsation cardiaque, la toux et l’état physique général. Chaque enfant réagit différemment et souvent leur maladresse nous met encore plus de bonne humeur ! Notre moyenne est d’environ 70 enfants par jour, ce qui paraît tellement impossible dans nos pays occidentaux…

 
Entre les carences alimentaires, les troubles d’implantations dentaires et les plaies infectées, Nicolas se doit d’être rapide et efficace. Le check-up est sommaire mais essentiel car pour certains « minots » cette visite est une grande première. Pour nous aussi s’en est une, on s’improvise à la fois secrétaire médicale ou photographe dentaire !

 
Après ces trois jours intenses, le visage de chaque enfant nous marque. Nous retenons quelques cas sérieux parmi les quelques 200 enfants. Des lunettes sont à prescrire en urgence et des antibiotiques sont distribués contre des cas de fièvre. L’élan de générosité et de motivation de l’ensemble de l’équipe fait chaud au cœur et annonce une réussite assurée de nos projets futurs notamment pour les sensibilisations à l’hygiène, au lavage de mains et brossage de dents, … Merci à tout le monde !

, 22 October 2013