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PORTRAIT OF SOKLY:
OUR TEACHER FOR
THE PASTRY SCHOOL

Sokly is 34 years old and mother of 2 children. She joined the team in February 2017.
Before, she was a cook in a Khmer restaurant that she had opened herself. Even if it was small, she always loved cooking and took a great deal of pleasure from preparing traditional Cambodian dishes for her customers.


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After advice from a friend, she decided to try the entry contest to get into the prestigious École d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule. She completed it successfully and followed the pastry training.
After graduating from Paul Dubrule in 2016, she also enrolled in a cake decoration training in Sihanoukville as well as with the Vietnamese company Cream to complete her skill set.
She was then recruited by Brown Coffee, a Coffee shop Cambodia chain famous throughout the country. She worked 7 months in one of their cafés and met a few students who were there for their internship for a school that was growing in popularity: Bayon Pastry School.
Her old pastry teacher at Paul Dubrule vividly recommended her to Sokhoeurn, our pastry school director. What was the essential quality that convinced Sokhoeurn? Her skills in the preparation of vienoisseries and breads.
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Bayon School was an opportunity for her to exceed her expectations. She now teaches all the classes linked to pastry, practical and theoretical. She is very happy to be able to share her knowledge with her students who are very curious, attentive and diligent. Day after d ay, she tries to make her classes more interactive by creating a variety of activities and workshops. To successfully lead this project, she does not hesitate to ask for help from ex-teachers and her friends.
The main objective for her is that the students enjoy their training and have the platform to showcase their creativity. She is also committed to the importance of post-training recruitment for the students. It is very important for the students to find a stimulating position, that they enjoy and have a salary which permits them to live and to help their families.
Sometimes she feels like a second mother for the students who decided to study pastry far away from their homes. She listens to them, helps them and is always available. `
Like every year, the end of the year is particularly difficult for her as she has to say goodbye to the students that she guided and supported all year. Unfortunately, the transition with the following promotion of students is rarely very long.
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The new academic year started at the start of September and Sokly already has many ideas of games to teach pastry in ludic way and in order to share a maximum of knowledge in the simplest fashion.
Well done Sokly and thank you for your investment!
, 17 September 2019

THE ASSOCIATION
« LE RÊVE D’ELO »

Following an accident 20th April 2014 in Cambodia, Elodie died at the age of 27. She was the project coordinator at Bayon School.
The project that was the most important to her was the creation of a canteen inside the school. Elodie wanted to provide lunch to the children so they benefited of at least one healthy and balanced meal per day and to avoid them going back and forth between the school and their village.
The project emerged in November 2014 under the name of “Elodie’s canteen”. In December 2014, our family created the association “Le Rêve d’Elo” with the aim of financially sustaining the good functioning of the canteen.
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Today, we count 45 members (families and friends). Through this project, seven children have found godfathers.
Our association organises two events per year:
• In spring, a pedestrian walk followed by a barbecue with a sale of envelops with a prize for each, sale of backpacks and tee-shirts
This event enables the walkers to discover the commune that welcomes us, its heritage and new landscapes. (In 2019: 350 walkers and 400 meals).
• In autumn, a dinner party (300 guests) with a raffle which has great prizes offered by our partners.
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The profits of these two events are increasing each year (2018: 17,000€, including 3,800€ of donations).
The city councils who welcome us offer their premises, often as a gesture and they give us technical support. We thank them dearly.
The regular attendees of our events are regularly informed of the projects of SEP Bayon and the payments we make.
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We are very motivated by the memory of Elodie, for whom the joy and smile of the children was her greatest prize.
Important notice: the next dinner party will be on 19th October 2019.

THE GREEN GARDEN PROJECT WITH LÉA, VOLUNTEER

“I met the families as soon as I arrived and I was instantly moved by their kindness, their generosity and particularly their strength. The work that they provide is very physical and these women often take care of their gardens alone. They are very independent, motivated by the project and always excited when we come to see them. Whether it is to create natural shampoos, remedies against dengue or other diseases, these families are always surprising and rich in knowledge. I visit them minimum twice a week with the translator and it is always a pleasure. We often get a very warm welcome! They appreciate talking to the translator as he has been following the project for a long time and is also very implicated. They are also very happy to show us the results of their labor, we do not hesitate to congratulate them, and we sometimes leave with free vegetables that they offer us to thank us. I sometimes go alone from time to time to see if everything is okay and to bring them what they need. In those circumstances, communication is a little more difficult but the laughs and are always around! The language barrier is a difficulty in this project as we are constantly in the field, so I try little by little to remember names of vegetables, numbers and important words in Khmer. These regular visits enable them to feel supported and to keep their motivation.
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Every Wednesday, we have a weekly meeting where we plan the shipments of the following week. We also take the chance to pay the women for the shipments of the previous week. These meetings are attended by school director and the school cook in order for her to elaborate the menus. For the women, this meeting is essential as it is the chance for them to collect the fruit of their labor. They can share their experiences, their successes, their fears, it is really beautiful to see them all come together. Each one of them has their own story and their personality but they all have the same motivation and energy that they express differently.
At this time, families produce all kinds of vegetables: wax gourdes, luffa gourds, pumpkins, eggplant, onions, corn, morning glory, cucumber, chilies, spinach, beans, etc. The rain season does not scare them, on the contrary they are very motivated to produce a lot of vegetables for the new academic year starting in October! This summer, some of them even saw their vegetable garden double size. They realise that this agriculture activity enables them to increase their income and improve their situation. It is a big victory for Bayon that the women can improve the quality of living of their families through this project.
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Our objective is now to help the families to have a steady production in order to have a steady income and help with the management of the menus for the canteen. We are trying to give them more and more non hybrid seeds that they can use again so that they can be more independente and we can more easily diversify production.
We are also hoping to welcome new families in the project. Once they will be chosen, it is important to explain the rotations they need to set up in order to keep the production stable from the start. With new families, brings along more vegetables: a partnership with a producers shop is being created. It is already ready to accept the surplus of vegetables that the families cannot sell to the canteen.
This project not only helps the students have a good nutrition, but also and more imortantly helps the families emancipate and gain in confidence through their responsabilities that we give them. Participating in the development of the Green Garden Project is a beautiful mission, human, varied and rewarding!”

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FORMER STUDENTS’ TESTIMONY

Maelys: What did you learn during your training at Bayon School?
Sothoan: My training has been very helpful! I learnt English, computing, baking and put my skills into practice in the Pastry Lab and during my internships. My experiences at Park Hyatt and at the Heritage Hotel allowed me to acquire a certain discipline and expand my skills in pastry and bakery.
At the Bayon School, the teachers taught me an expertise and good manners, which allowed me to become an independent woman!

Maelys: Did you like your daily life with other students?
Sothoan: Yes I liked it a lot, it was a bit like a second family. We slept in the same room and had our meals together. We always had lots of activities, like playing football or reading books. I learned a trade and simultaneously created a second family.

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Maelys: Today, are you still friends with the people you met at Bayon?
Sothoan: I made lots of friends, at least 16! Can you imagine?
I see them all the time, we go shopping together, we walk to Angkor Wat, and from time to time we visit Sokhoeurn our former head pastry chef at the Bayon School.

Maelys: How did you find a job after your training?
Sothoan: The Bayon team helped me during my research. Thanks to my level of English and my experience, I found a job easily at Bang Bang Bakery. Now I live by my passion, and I’m proud of it!

Maelys: What are your responsibilities and schedules at Bang Bang Bakery?
Sothoan: I’m a baker and pastry cook, but when there are customers I turn into a waitress. Here, I have to be multi-skilled!
I start at 7am and finish at 3pm. I have busy days.

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Maelys: What are your parents’ jobs?
Sothoan: My mother is a farmer, my father died 11 years ago. Before, he worked in Thailand to support the family.

Maelys: What does your family think about your work?
Sothoan: My mother is very proud! Thanks to my professional success, I help my family to live.

Maelys: What is your salary?
Sothoan: When I started one year ago I earned $160, and today thanks to my professionalism I earn $200 per month.

Maelys: What would be your dream job?
Sothoan: I would like to become a baking teacher to share my knowledge. In my opinion, this is the best job I can do.
And in succession, I would like to create my own bakery! It’s my biggest dream! But before that I have to save money and gain more experience.

, 20 June 2019

BRING ON THE
TUK TUK TEAM!

Anne-Laure: You’re supporting Bayon School? I’ve never heard of them, but it sounds interesting. Actually, I’d like to give my teens the opportunity to give, help and share in a different way.
Babeth, Bayon School ambassador in Singapore: Shall we discuss it around a coffee?

A coffee, an Alice, a Marco later, the Tuktuk Team project has launched! Four team members and almost 15 teenagers are working together to create a unique and ambitious experience with Bayon School.

The team in Singapore wants to enrich the French students by connecting them to another world, another reality. The project will motivate them to work hard to supports others.

In Siem Reap, the objective is to give the local students a perspective on the rest of the world, to understand how important learning English is, and especially to enjoy the presence of the French students to get together at Bayon School. This is an intercultural exchange to strengthen the sense of belonging to the school and encourage future support!

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The recruitment of the 15 French students has been done through word of mouth and social me-dia. They are doing it for multiple reasons: curiosity, will to be useful and do something meaningful, or get involved in a new activity with their friends. As facilitators, we’ve noticed their behaviour was aligned to the project – they took part in fundraising activities and work as a team to respond to a shared responsibility.

When they arrived in Siem Reap, our French students received a warm welcome from Bayon’s fol-low-up students. For 5 days, they took part in various activities:
• Cooking – made aubergine caviar using the veg produced by our primary school pupils’ par-ents.
• Sports – played football together.
• Talent show – organised a flash mob with French and locals.
• Gardening – restored the garden of a family.

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After taking part in fundraising activities ahead of launching the project – table top sales, bake sale, etc.) the Tuktuk team continued to demonstrate strong involvement in all activities.

It has been five incredible days in Siem Reap. We had a wonderful time with the Khmer students:
– Khmer dance lesson and the flash mob with the primary school pupils, exploring body ex-pression and laughter;
– The visit of a nearby village with Soky and the students, which allowed us to understand the significant work that the school is doing for its students;
– The work in the vegetable gardens, which supported a family;
– The crazy farewell party, with youth, music and good food – the perfect environment to bring together teenagers from different backgrounds.

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Stay tuned to follow this exciting adventure!

Alice, Marco, Babeth and Anne-Laure
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