Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Embracelet Students Receive Support

  Rotarian and A Mine Free World Foundation Executive Director, Lisa McCoy is back in Canada and I'm busy taking all these wonderful crafts to presentations to raise more funds for eduational support for the girls and women in Takeo:

Many Thanks to Rotarians from Rotary Club of Gravenhurst for purchasing a total of $57 on April 15/2013.

A big Round of Thanks to Members of the Rotary Club of Haliburton for purchasing an astounding $104 in handmade items....

There has been lots of activity over the past several months here in Cambodia as eight Embracelet students enjoy creativity in a unique program in rural, Takeo province, Cambodia.
Pony Tail Adornments made by Students

The eight female participants, young and old, get together twice a month and create a multitude of village crafts including, handwoven bracelets, palm-woven placemats and coasters, handwoven pillowcases and woven purses and wallets...ALL THIS is coming back with Lisa McCoy to Canada and will be sold at presentations and sales organized by Maria Van Santen and Lisa McCoy of A Mine Free World Foundation to raise funds towards MORE educational support for rural girls and women.

Women making Purses

How does the program work?...

Funds from the items sold, go towards purchasing craft supplies and every year, girls and women enrolled in the program receive educational support items, such as bicycles for themselves or their children, school supplies, school uniforms, school courses, etc.

Not only does the program provide this valuable educational support, it provides the girls a chance to get together, have some fun and explore their creativity.
A Finished Purse!
 This week, four of the women, enrolled for a year in the program received Bicycles and School Uniforms for their children. One also received a mosquito net. 
Pov Cheanthy Receives Bike and School Supplies from Socheat (program Director)

Phy Sapoun Receives Bike and School uniforms for her child from Socheat (left)

for her child

This year's participants are:
Men koy, 43 age,Tropeang Prey Village, Tropeang Thom south Commune.
Has Sarom, 40 age, Tropeang Prey Village, Tropeang Thom south Commune.
 Ky Soun 32 age, Tropeang Prey Village, Tropeang Thom south Commune.
Pho Thea 43 age, Tropeang Prey Village, Tropeang Thom south Commune.
Loun Srey Mom 11 age,Tasom Village, Tropeang Thom south Commune.
Seng Saran 17 age,Prokeab Village, Tropeang Thom south Commune.
Hean Chean Neth 12 age, Tasom Village, Tropeang Thom south Commune.
Jem Srey Ty 12 age, Prokeab Village, Tropeang Thom south Commune.

The program is run by Socheat Chea, director at Banyan Learning Tree, Takeo, and takes place at the new Banyan Learning Tree Family Care Centre in Prokeab village, Takeo. The Family Care Centre  building was constructed by the 2013 Round Square International Service Student Team this past December. This Banyan Learning Tree School provides free English language education. The Centre there provides outreach programs for landmine-affected and impoverished families. An on-site Library building is open every weekday and is always full with area children. 

Many thanks to Everyone in Muskoka who purchased bracelets made by these women and girls. Special thanks to Barbara Seagram, Patti Lee and the Bridge Players around Toronto who also purchased many.
Women Make Forms and Weave Unique Pillow Covers

My two suitcases coming back to Canada this week will be filled with the lovely handwoven items these girls and women have made.  

Please continue to support this program that provides so much for these rural women and girls! 

The 'Embracelet' Educational Support Program for rural women and girls was created with the passionate help of Dan Blix of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. Even though he has passed away this past year,  his big heart and love for the children and disadvantaged in Cambodia continues and will be remembered always.
Phrom Somaly Recieves a Bike and School Uniforms from AMFW's Pauline Johns

Mom Siphol Receives a Bike and School Supplies for her child from AMFW's Lisa McCoy

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Lisa McCoy is a Rotarian from Gravenhurst, Ontario. She worked 23 years in the Public Library field. After having extensively traveled around the world, she decided to give worth and meaning to her travels by volunteering her efforts in aid of those less fortunate than herself; particularly the children and landmine survivors of Cambodia and the refugees of Burma. Lisa participated in disaster relief efforts in the aftermaths of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, Cyclone Nargis on the Thai-Burma border and Typhoon Ketsana in Cambodia. She is the executive director of the Canadian non-profit organization ‘A Mine Free World Foundation’. In 2009, she spent 6 months in Cambodia where she attended the grand opening of The ‘Muskoka School’; a 6-room rural school funded by the citizens and Rotary Clubs of Muskoka. She is the Field Coordinator for Rotary Wheels for Learning - an international program of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, District 7010. In the past 2 years, close to 2,000 bicycles have been distributed to needy students in Cambodia.