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A walk for a good cause!

A few weeks ago, the 3rd edition of the march of the association “Rêve d’Elo” was held to support our school canteen by providing one meal per day to the 250 students of our school.
 
This year, the 11-kilometer walk between Cabourg and Mondeville in Normandy brought together 365 participants. This walk was followed by a barbecue where more than 400 guests gathered to support the association and pay tribute to Elodie.
 
Thanks to the association Le Rêve d’Elo and all the participants for this beautiful day which allowed to collect 7000 € for the canteen.
 
See you on the 22nd of April 2018 for the 4th edition of this march and on the 21st of October 2017 for a dancing meal!
 
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, 19 June 2017

A drawing for a greeting card!

This year, DBX Conseil, a real estate specialist company asked us to organize a drawing contest with our students from primary school in order to use it for their 2017 greeting card!
2 classes from Grade 3 and 4 decided to take up the challenge and drew the school of their dream!
 
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We collected 67 drawings and sent them to DBX Conseil. They organized a meeting to choose the best drawing.
 
And the winner is Nuoc Socheat in grade 3! Congratulations!
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A big thank to DBX Conseil for this amazing project which raised 5000€ for the NGO! We wish to thank particulary Hervé Gauthier and Jean Christophe Defelice for their investment.
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, 20 December 2016

The kindergarten has settled at the primary school

This is the big change for 2016-2017 at Bayon School: a brand new classroom for Mrs Pok’s kindergarten pupils.
 
We have been supporting that class for a few years. Until now it was located in a small village a few kilometers away from our primary school. In a bad condition, this building did not longer offer the right environment for the children. Thanks to the support of Rue des Iris and Charruau foundations, we have built a new classroom on the land of the primary school.
 
Monday 10th October was the beginning of the new school year for the little ones. Mrs Pok welcomed her 22 new pupils, who are aged between 4 and 5 years old, for a new year filled with playful activities. From now on, the kindergarten pupils will benefit from the same infrastructures as the other children, particularly Elodie’s canteen and the washbasins. Mrs Pok is very happy to teach in this new environment!
 
Big thanks to both foundations which made this project possible.
 
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, 11 October 2016

A great charity night for the primary school!

In order to support the increase of the primary school students number on the next school year, a charity night was organized in Siem Reap.
 
At the beginning of October, a new school year will begin at Bayon primary school! We will welcome then 250 students! This includes the 19 students of the kindergarten class who will benefit from a new building within the school site, thanks to the support of the foundations Alain Charruau and Rue des Iris. Eight young monks of the Preah Saar pagoda, where our school is implemented, will also attend the lessons.
 
To finance the new students’ scholarship, our NGO was given the opportunity to organize a charity night at Heritage Suites Hotel in Siem Reap on Friday 19th August. This luxurious hotel, which already supported our projects by buying breads, croissants and pastries from Bayon Pastry School and by welcoming our pastry students for their internship, showed again its involvement by our sides with this beautiful evening that we organized together.
 
The fundraising was based on:
– The sales of entrance tickets ($15 presale and $20 on the spot) including free flow soft drinks, wine and beer, tapas pass around prepared by chef Vibol Boun’s team, pastries made by Bayon Pastry School and one raffle ticket;
– The sales of extra raffle tickets;
– An auction sale.
For the occasion, many amazing prizes were given by our sponsors: travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, shops…
 
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After our programme director Claire Buisson’s speech, Xavier Denonville, owner of the Belgian restaurant Le Bel Air, took the floor to successfully lead the auction. The eight prizes (seven stays in hotels and one sunset cruise) were sold, with a total amount of $ 1 730! Then, the lucky draw took place and the nineteen prizes were won by lucky peope!
 
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This great evening gathered about 150 people and enabled to raise $3 608.61, which will finance 12 students’ scholarship for one year!
 
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Our warmest thanks to:
Heritage Suites Hotel
The Aviary Hotel
Belmond la Résidence d’Angkor
Maison Polanka
Heritage Adventures
Phum Baitang
Rosewood Phnom Penh
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Gold & Spa Resort
Asia My Way
Boncafé
Café Indochine
Cambodian Travel Partner
Christine’s
Flight of the Gibbon
Senteurs d’Angkor & Kaya Spa
L’Atelier Coiffure
L’Atelier Sushi
La Couleur du Thé
Le Bel Air
Nest Angkor
Rico Pizza
The Sugar Palm
Celliers d’Asie
The Warehouse
 
And to Bugs Café and German Sausage Company which distributed our presale tickets.

Thanks to Xavier Denonville who led the auction sales and the lucky draw.

Congratulations to Heritage Suites Hotel staff who did a great job to make this evening a success and thanks to Antoine Lhomme, who took the initiative of the event and who helped a lot on organizing it.

Finally, big thanks to all the people who attended the event!
 
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, 24 August 2016

Focus on a partner: Buffalo Tours

Bayon Pastry School is happy to work with the travel agency Buffalo Tours since January 2016. We have interviewed Panya Thin, Regional Manager of Buffalo Tours Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar and Suy Vet, ETA project team leader in Cambodia.
 
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How did you get to work with Bayon Pastry School?
Buffalo Tours includes the ETA department: Educational Travel in Asia. It is about everything related to local community work. It helps us offer sustainable tourism. Before your school was officially open, two ladies came across our office to introduce the project. We were really interested because we are willing to support businesses which change people’s life. A few weeks later, I came over. Nothing was finished yet but I still found it was beautiful. The way you support those vulnerable women is such a meaningful way to do something. So, we convinced our agent to let us arrange this. And now, we serve your products to our customers!
 
In which context do you serve our products to our customers?
We get your products (croissants, financiers, cookies, ginger &cinnamon cakes) on the evening and serve them on the next morning in the temples, after our customers watched the sunrise on Angkor Wat. We drive them to another temple 10 minutes away and they can enjoy a whole breakfast buffet with your products and some coffee, tea and fresh fruits. We display the food on a long table and the people help themselves with a palm box. We don’t want to give them a plate. We thought of the palm box which makes more sense because we can recycle it and it is made in a village where one of my staff is from. It is more responsible.
 
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Do you promote the fact that you work with our pastry school?
Actually, that breakfast is a small part of a whole tour that we provide. We clearly communicated with our agents and that’s why it has been great so far, but our customers do not know much about your products. We have your sign on the buffet (mentioning “Bayon Pastry School made these products”) but from what we see, the customers just want to enjoy the moment. The time and space are so limited, the tourists don’t really know what happens behind the scenes. They just enjoy the service and the good time. But at least, it’s a good thing for them to know that their money doesn’t go to all the big key players or suppliers (hotels, restaurants, flight tickets, cruises…). They can make sure that a part of their expenses actually benefits local people. As much as we think responsible travel is a good way of travelling, it is still not a mass market, in a common sense that people are looking for their comfort zone. Because of the time limit, they don’t really have time to do much of adventure activities or help social projects. So, Buffalo Tours tries to be a link which is sewing tourists and locals in some way.
 
Is Buffalo Tours particularly committed to work with NGO’s and social businesses?
In our tours, we believe that small things can mean big to us, to our customers and to our agent. Everything we do must add a meaning to our tours and hopefully the customers can see that. We work on a competitive market. We have a permanent person in charge of the ETA department in every country where we are established and they are trained every year. We are convinced that sustainable tourism is a competitive advantage. Being able to support communities, even in a small way, is a privilege. We know it’s going to go for a long way. Working with Bayon Pastry School is an opportunity for us to do something different. We think of the future of our company but also of the long future of your NGO. It’s about social enterprise, it’s a great thing because we don’t believe in funding some people the whole time. You know, a lot of NGOs fail in Cambodia because they only have a two year fund, so after two years their project ends. That is why we really encourage people who have these social enterprise ideas, looking for ways to be more sustainable.
 
Would you like to say something about the pastry class and coffee breaks we provided you with a few times?
The group who attended the pastry class gave us an amazing feedback about it, they really appreciated it! Concerning the coffee break, we brought a couple of groups to your place, the story behind the coffee shop meant a lot to them. They also found the quality of the pastries amazing. However, although it is a very nice activity, I think coffee breaks aren’t really suitable for our organization because we have a very limited amount of time. It works only with our ETA department which is a small part of our business.
 
Anything you would like to add to conclude the interview?
Yes, if I may make a couple of suggestions. I hope to see you succeed in a bigger way. For that, you really have to find the right companies to start with. Don’t waste your time with companies who will just “blablabla” but are not really willing to help you. The companies at our level, which we call “global”, especially some of our competitors, are the right companies to go to. It could bring you to a longer way. Also, you have to work with hotels. I know that the big ones already have pastry chefs but maybe target at boutique hotels.
 
A big thank you to Panya and Vet who granted some of their precious time for that interview!

, 29 June 2016