Tatoukanda Village, Chansor Commune, Sout Nikum District, Cambodia.
This month Mother Home Cambodia staff teamed up with visitors from Australia and the UK to visit Tatoukanda Primary School which is 30 kms from Siem Reap. Getting there by tuk tuk involves travelling south on very busy Highway 6 for part of the journey, then heading off the highway onto a very bumpy, dusty country road for several kilometres. This is all part of the fun of supporting Mother Home’s Countryside program.
The children and teachers were gathered at the entrance to the school, holding signs, to greet the tuk tuks. Everyone enjoyed the excitement of the occasion as the school rarely has any visitors. Peter, from England, kindly donated books, pens & pencils for more than 100 students. These were distributed during the morning and were gratefully received by the students as most families struggle to buy new materials for school.
Tatoukanda Primary School is one of Mother Home’s Countryside programs, offering English classes for the children. Director of Mother Home Cambodia, Mr Kosorl, spent time talking with the students, discussing the importance of education and the advantages of learning English. Questions and answers took place between the students and the visitors with the help of a translator. A popular question from the students was why the visitors want to help their school and the people in their community.
A vegetable garden has been created at the school which the children look after and share the crop. Now that the rice has been harvested, market gardens are being planted and tended by the farmers. This is a beautiful rural area and a trip to the countryside is well worth a visit. The day ended with lunch at a local family’s house. Thank you Tatoukanda for making everyone so welcome.