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|Our 2014 February edition of Newsletter is now available online. Please click on the image to open.|
|It is with much sadness the Trustees and staff of the Buddhist Library announce the death of our much loved friend and fellow trustee IAN FRANCIS MURRAY aged 77 years.
Deeply missed by his companion of 55 years founding trustee Paget Sayers.
Ian, a man of charm, wit and ability that stood the Buddhist library in great stead from its inception. Ian’s extreme generosity included the building of two schools in Cambodia, the construction of rainwater tanks in 3 provinces and last month the purchase of a brand new mobile dental clinic to give the wonderful Khmer children a better start in life.
Ian’s bequest will continue to support Buddhist Library’s Asia Project into the future.
|By the end of February 2014, we have been able to build 6314 water tanks in five provinces including Kampot and Kampot Speu provinces. These water tanks provide fresh water for over 282,067 children for the first time in their life, a huge health plus.|
Dental Clinic Project
Due to the growing demand for dental care, our three dental clinics, including a mobile clinic has now treated 51,745 children since they began. Our dedicated dental staff have now performed 20,108 tooth extractions and 480 root canal fillings to date. The dental records now stand at around 37,973 cases of restoration and 20,011 cases of prevention that our staff attended in those clinics. Our very generous dentists, along with the volunteers are able to treat more than 1000 children a month.
We have started 7 more English classes at Serey Theny Public School bringing the total number of English classes to 108 with a total of 2,814 students. These classes are facilitated by 50 teachers, including 2 classes for recently opened for bright students, enabling them to receive extra tuition.
Computer classes are expanding into various regions of Cambodia. We have started one more Computer class at the Seray Theany Primary School. By the end of February, 2014, we have had 381 students in the 53 computer classes that have been established.
We have started 2 Chinese classes recently and they have become very popular. These classes are facilitated by 2 teachers and are filled with 75 children,
We now have 7 non-formal schools under our care with 219 children.
Whak ! Cricket hits Cambodia
Our Cambodia Project Manager Rajeendra Perera decided on his latest trip to Kampot to take a couple of Cricket bats to see if the students of our target schools would enjoy the Aussie sport. The hardwood bats made in advance of his trip were so heavy the 12 year olds could hardly lift them !
After only 2 hours of training over two weekends for each of two schools, Ranariddh Secondary and Rolous Secondary, Raj demonstrated batting, bowling and of course fielding and was delighted the way the two teams picked up the basics.
Check out the 13 year old girl batting ! and the fabulous bowling from the 13 year old boy!. Champions in the making Raj said.
Rolous Secondary school had a massive total of 106 runs for 4 wickets in 10 overs. Ranariddh Secondary scored 46 runs. It was like a 20/20 match with roaring excited applause from 500 kids from the two schools. WOW!
Please await the video of the cricket match.
New Mobile Library in Action
We are extending our mobile dental clinics mission with a new initiative, a new mobile library, a generous donation by our longstanding donor Serge. A converted new TUK TUK with a librarian is seen here distributing books at schools which have no library facilities. The whole mobile library project cost $2500 and it will be catering for the schools of Kampot.
In 2007 we established a permanent library in Kbal Romeas Primary School which now lends 1000 books a month.