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THE KAMPOT JEWELS OFFERED BY FAIR FARMS
TO BAYON SCHOOL

We have been selling Kampot pepper for 2 years in order to support Bayon school activities. This pepper is offered by Fair Farms, a company created in Cambodia in 2014.
The pepper is packed in small Krama bags made by the mother of one of our primary school student. The incomes generated through the selling of these bags increases Coffee Shop annual revenues and is also an opportunity for organizing external events such as the charity gala in Paris, the Albert Menez special offers, various sales in Singapore and Cambodia…
In addition, the selling of these Krama bags helps the mother to get additional income that contributes in improving her family living conditions.
All the profits generated from these sales benefits to Bayon School and help us to provide quality education to youths living in the temples of Angkor.
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Fair Farms sells “The Kampot Jewels”, and its name expresses its founders’ willingness: to be fair and to help the local population.
“The Fair Farms philosophy is based on two main themes: respect for the land through 100% organic farming and respect for the human through the implementation of a social responsibility charter to improve to the way of life of our employees. Holidays, maternity leave, insurance, comfortable wages, meals, education, we take care of our family! “Norbert Binot – Founder of Fair Farms.
The team is composed of experienced farmers who have been growing pepper for generations. They control each tree to ensure their health and taste tests are done daily to ensure the optimal drying and quality.
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The production techniques of “Kampot Jewels” are 100% organic and traditional:
– Manual watering for better control of diseases & insects
– Use of natural twines made on site to avoid soil pollution
– Respect of traditional farming methods
– Natural fertilizers
– Manual harvesting and sorting
– Drying in the sun on high table in enclosed space to avoid any contamination with the ground, animals or insects.
That way, Fair Farms guarantees optimum quality. This product is AB certified and Fair Farms is the first and only Fair Trade certified Fair Trade Company in Cambodia. In addition, Fair Farms managers are very committed in protecting the environment and allocate 2% of their turnover to various development projects (recycling of plastic and glass, creation of the first water filter at the farm…).
This quality allows Fair Farms to include among its customers some of the greatest gastronomy tables: Pierre Gagnaire, Romain Meder, Alain Ducasse training center, Julien Royer, Alexandre Couillon, etc.
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The Bayon School thanks Fair Farms and its managers for their faithful support and for their work that “allow Cambodia grow” and our action as well! Congratulations!
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, 3 May 2019

Bayon’s friends, always mobilized!

A family from Notre-Dame des Arts school in Riom visits Bayon

During their trip in Cambodia, the Gauthier-Lamontagne family visited us on the 8th of April with generous donations for our students: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and clothes.

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After seeing the pastry school and the coffee shop, they went to the primary school, which was occupied by many monkeys while the children where on holidays for Khmer new year.
As part of Angkor Academy project and to share their culture, the children Clémence and Yann had prepared, with their classmates of the Notre-Dame des Arts (partner of the project), individual presentation cards which will be given to our students.


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Vintage cars gathering in Volvic

Although the spring had not reached Volvic yet on the 17th of April, vintage car fans still came with their umbrella to admire the 71 cars which, after parading in the town, were watched with enthusiasm.

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In the hall, thanks to the happy owners, a friendly atmosphere was reigning… Some members of our association worked all day to provide people with drinks and pastries. They raised the amount of a school year for two children in Bayon.
Thank you to all the people who enabled this fun and helpful day and particularly to Nicole Laurent for all the work she did before and during the event.

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New “bowl of rice” operation in Ste Marie highschool of Riom

Like every year, in a spirit of sharing with the underprivileged ones, the teachers and student of Ste Marie high school of Riom, supervised by Thérèse, replaced their usual lunch with a bowl or rice, on the 25th of April. The benefits were granted to Bayon School.
All the interested people could have lunch in a big room where Jacqueline Chouette, our president of honor, was commenting a presentation about food in Cambodia, local farming and climate. A slide show about Elodie’s canteen opened the discussion on hands and teeth hygiene and water use optimization. The teenagers and teachers had many interesting questions on those topics.
Thank you to all the people who got involved in this successful solidarity action, which will help several children go to school for a year.

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Hike and BBQ in memory of Elodie

On Sunday 24th April, the members of the association Le Rêve d’Elo welcomed 370 people for a hike (8 or 12 kms).

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After the walk, Virginie, their president, thanked the attendees, the partners and the town council. She presented the association, its humanitarian goal in favor of Bayon school’s canteen and reported the outcome of the last actions.
Mai, our president in Cambodia, took the floor too and talked about the current projects of the school.
Christophe, member of our association, brought up the canteen’s working and precised that on the last medical check-up, the doctor had already noticed an improvement of the children’s health linked to a healthy nutrition.
Finally, Joël paid tribute to his daughter Elodie.
The hikers and non-hikers got together around a BBQ.

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This event enabled Le Reve d’Elo to raise almost €7,000 for Elodie’s canteen, that’s to say about a third of the yearly running costs!

A huge thank you to the attendees, organizers and particularly Cathy and Joël for their involvement.

, 2 May 2016

Bayon Pastry School Coffee shop celebrates its first anniversary!

After a well-deserved holiday for Khmer New Year, the team of the pastry school organized an event to celebrate the coffee shop first anniversary.

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On the morning of Sunday 24th of April, a party atmosphere prevailed at Bayon Pastry School Coffee shop. About thirty partners of the school (hotels who welcome our students for internships, business clients, suppliers and friends of the NGO) enjoyed a breakfast buffet to discover or rediscover our products.

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Romnea, who manages the coffee shop, and some students were mobilized to help us. They made an astounding work! It was a real management exercise for Romnea and an interesting role-playing for our pastry apprentices!

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Claire, our program director, took the floor to remind the origin of our project. Then, two partners spoke. Sopheap Doung, Human Resources Manager at Amansara hotel, highlighted the benefits for students about being immersed in big hotels for their internships and her satisfaction about Bayon Pastry School students. Afterwards, Antoine Lhomme, Food and Beverage Manager at Heritage hotel, explained why the establishment chose to be provided with bread and croissants from the school.

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Some posters tracing the pastry school’s story were exhibited in the garden. You can see them by clicking here.

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Finally, the anniversary party was the ideal opportunity to present a new pastry that has been created for our school by Samuel Potiron, pastry chef, at the request of Natan Foundation which supports our project. That pastry, called the “Natan”, is a mango mousse dome on a French shortbread. It was served in exclusivity and is now on the coffee shop menu.

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A big thank you to the staff of the school and to the students for their involvement and to the guests for being by our sides for this special morning!

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, 26 April 2016

The Angkor Academy project in the spotlight!

On the occasion of the French UNESCO Associated School Project Network seminar, our Angkor Academy program, in partnership with Carlepont School has been awarded!

 

The participation in our Angkor Academy program of Carlepont school group, located in the north of France, is part of their involvement in the UNESCO international actions, following the idea of promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. Every year, UNESCO organizes a seminar in France. For three days, school directors and project holder teachers meet in Paris. Among all the projects, 3 or 4 are selected to be showcased to the audience.

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This year, its our Angkor Academy digital programme that has been selected! On the 17th March 2016, Jean-Marie Lelong, director of the Carlepont School, carried out the presentation and answered the audience’s many questions. The work of the students were highlighted, with its many intercultural exchanges, through the use of a magazine as a presentation material. Carlepont students’ point of view, their discovery of Cambodian culture and of our primary school via our digital platform can also be read.

 

You can find the magazine by clicking here (in French only).

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This award gives our project a fresh exposure and new partnerships are yet to come, with great pleasure! There are currently 7 partner schools located in 4 different continents: Carlepont school group (France – Europe), Terres blanches School of Frontignan (France – Europe), Notre Dame des Arts of Riom (France – Europe), Maunula Primary School (Finland – Europe), Higaturu Oil Palm International School (Papua New Guinea – Oceania), O.P. Jindal school (India – Asia), Yolstaaba Primary School (Burkina Faso – Africa). There is also a « Friend School », the nursery school of Prado (France – Europe) that helps us raise funds and school supply.

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A big thank to Carlepont school group, to Jean Marie Lelong in particular and to his class of Grade 5 for our prolific exchanges!

 

Mélanie Hatte,
Angkor Academy project officer

, 7 April 2016

Our former volunteers get together in Paris!

From the left to the right on the picture: Alexandra, Perrine, Mayelle, Marion, Faye, Alice, Marie-Axelle, Clio, Jérémy and Michael

In the last two years, more than 30 persons have volunteered, from a few weeks to a few months, at Bayon School to put their skills and energy at the service of our numerous projects. To organize a holiday camp or to develop the Coffee Shop, their help has been more than welcomed to succeed in our mission.

Therefore, back in France, we wanted to thank them once more for their support by organizing a “former volunteer meeting”. A dozen of them joined us for a nice evening in a Parisian bar. It was a great opportunity to catch up with everyone and share with them the latest news of Bayon School.

A reunion filled with the wonderful memories of all the time spent with the students of Bayon School!

, 16 March 2016