We are happy to announce the inauguration of the studaid program with PGH cooperation partners Norbert Lanter and Christoph Ramseier. Cambodia has a large number of talented high school graduates who do not have enough money to pay the university tuition fees. Often they don’t speak English at all, or do not speak enough to read English textbooks and to pass an exam. Although the students can earn some money with low level employment, to finance the cost of living and their studies, they have to work so long hours, that there is hardly any time left for studying and learning English language. In order to provide ways out of this „vicious circle“, with the STUDAID program we have set ourselves the goal of supporting underprivileged students in Phnom Penh in achieving their study goals. The financial support (sponsoring) includes tuition fees at the university, english courses, books and school materials. Please read more at http://pgh-charity.org/studaid/ and www.studaid.org. Thanks to the program founders Christoph Ramseier and Norbert Lanter for this great initiative and we look forward to the cooperation.
We are happy to report that PGH MHSF was able to approve the first funding for an educational program with the great help of our new local PGH representative, Mr. Kosal Nhek. Sina, a former student of the SCD Childrens Home Phnom Penh, has been accepted as a student for a Technical Vocational Diploma in Food Production, by the School of Hospitality and Tourism of PSE – Pour un Sourire d’ Enfant (PSE) Phnom Penh, Cambodia https://pse.ong/en. Sina will live on campus of PSE and study for 2 years to graduate from the program. We have known Sina for many years. Sina has a great talent for Yoga and during the LHTF program discovered his passion for cooking and healthy food. Sina’s goal is to combine yoga and healthy food in his future professional work and PGH MHSF will support him to the best of our abilities. Classes for Sina at PSE will start Sept 1st 2017. Several other projects and programs are currently in evaluation, stay tuned.
The SCD Superfood BBQ Restaurant, founded in 2014, was for 3 years part of the PGH Learn How to Fish Program, and offered a business learning case and opportunity for internships parallel to high school to young students from the SCD Childrens Home. The goal was also to reach profitable operations and provide additional income supporting the operational costs of the childrens home. Due to organizational changes at SCD and limited resources, the restaurant will be closed. It was a valuable project which brought a lot of joy to the SCD kids during the past three years, and definitely worth it. We learned a lot and thank everyone from SCD for their efforts.
PGH has made good progress in establishing our new structure and activities in Cambodia for PGH, and we are grateful for the cooperation with Mr. Kosal Nhek, who is our new official local PGH representative. Kosal has previously worked as an English teacher and speaks English and Khmer fluently. His support is invaluable and we are grateful to have Kosal’s assistance on board, to go forward with our activities for PGH MHSF. PGH supports funding of education for disadvantaged children, young men and women, to support their future independent livelihoods and the possibility to become positive pillars for their local community.
PGH MHSF will also support the continued education of qualifying remaining students from the SCD Childrens Home Phnom Penh as they prepare for their high school degree and help them in their transition as they leave SCD. Whether supporting a qualified school or supporting an educational program for an individual, we conduct thorough due diligence on the project, program or institution. Kosal is permanently based in Phnom Penh, and assists with the local administration and research, and monitors and reports status updates on all PGH local activities. Several educational partner organizations, programs and projects are currently in evaluation with PGH MHSF, stay tuned.
In the past 7 years, PGH provided funding support to a variety of projects in cooperation with the SCD Childrens Home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We are happy to say that, we could do a lot together, achieved meaningful milestones and learn interesting lessons, in a challenging environment. At is peak SCD was home to 140 children from impoverished backgrounds. Many children received support from SCD to grow up in a safe and healthy environment and have exited the Childrens home as adults with functioning roles in society. We are grateful for these efforts provided by SCD over the past years. As the city of Phnom Penh has been expanding rapidly into the rural area where SCD was originally founded, SCD management has decided over the past 2 years, to wind down its operations in Phnom Penh, and focus in the future on its small school in the province Kompong Speur. The existing organization in Phnom Penh will remain active as long as the remaining students live there in preparation for their high school degrees or transition to other campuses and schools.
Since last year PGH has decided to focus its activities in Cambodia exclusively on funding education of disadvantaged children, young men and women via the PGH Marlies Heinemann Schoolfund (PGH MHS). PGH MHS will also provide funding for remaining students at the SCD Childrens Home Phnom Penh, as they prepare for their high school degree and as they transition to other campuses and programs. Stay tuned for updates.
In May 2016, 10 students from the SCD childrens home completed PGHs first pilot “Learn how to Fish” program. The program funded a series of two courses for a group of teenage students from the SCD Childrens home, to support vocational education and future job placement. Part I was a 5 months cooking course at Linna’s Cooking School in Phnom Penh. Part II was a 7 months accounting and computer course, at the Vanda Institute, Phnom Penh. This practical education pilot project was meant to give the high-school students a basis for considering employment in the restaurant business, after high school. Parallel to the courses, the kids all take internships at SCDs restaurant „Superfood BBQ“ (funded by PGH), where they assist in managing the restaurant one evening per week. As this was a pilot project, we believe it was a good learning and we will monitor the results. The ability to manage computers will bring immediate advantages to kids seeking job placement after high school. Computer classes are still marginal to non-existent in Cambodian public high schools, hence we will continue to support such parallel custom selected courses in combination with internships, to provide a very practical hands-on way of help.
It is with great sadness, that we acknowledge the passing of Mrs. Marlies Heinemann in September 2015, who has not only supported our charity but has been a supporter of the welfare of children all her life. It is therefore our great honor and privilege, to announce the Marlies Heinemann School Fund, which was founded with the goal to continue Mrs. Heinemann’s vision, and contribute to providing education for children from impoverished backgrounds. The PGH MHSF fund education for children, young men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds, via selected cooperation partners providing professional training courses, vocational education programs and college level education programs.
After finishing the 5 months cooking course at Linna’s Cooking School, the 10 „Learn How to Fish Participants“ from the SCD Childrens Home started in November a 7 months accounting and computer course, at the Vanda Institute.
www.vanda.edu.kh. This practical education is meant to give the high-school students a basis for considering employment in the restaurant business, after high school. Parallel to the courses, the kids all take internships at SCDs restaurant „Superfood BBQ“, where they assist in managing the restaurant one evening per week. The restaurant and educational program courses was funded by the PGH- Marc Sola Learn How to FishProgram. A big thank you to all donors for their support !
Thanks to your support, the old, dysfunctional sewage and draining system of the SCD Childrens Home could be replaced. 136 cement pipes were used each at 1 meter length, to lay proper piping throughout the front of the school building, including the girls dormitory and the area around the vegetable garden. This also connected the sewage from the dormitory to the public sewage, which improved the hygene facilities at the girls dorm. It also assists to drain the rain waters during monsoon, and hereby protects the organic vegetable garden which supplies food. Thank you Chris and Lars, for making that happen !
During our visit at SCD from July 2 – July 5th, we could also check progress on the SCD farm project in Kompong Speur province. Land was purchased a while ago to plant fruit trees, and vegetables, and breed cows, with the intention to establish an income source supporting the childrens home. This year, it was positive to see the mango and orange trees had grown well and orange trees are showing the first fruit. The first organge harvest will take place in August/September of this year. On a special area of land, a vegetable garden has been started. SCD team plans to expand the organic vegetable gardening project to that land in Kompong Speur, and enlarge the gardening area significantly yet this year. Market demand for organic vegetables is strong, and the unspoiled land in Kompong Speur is very suitable for growing qualtiy organic produce. SCD will pursue this plan, with the goal to supply its own market booth or SCD organic veggies shop. The rice land in Takeo has not delivered a positive harvest for the past 2 years, due to lack of rainfall in the Takeo province. SCD will await the Government`s decision to implement an irrigation system, and possibly look into alternative uses of the land for next year. We thank our PGH donors for their donation support, which enabled us to support the SCD`s farming projects ! Stay tuned on the updates to come.
The SCD Restaurant which was funded by PGH`s Learn-How-to-Fish Program and opened in November 2014, was established to provide self-sustaining income to the childrens home, to provide internships to the older SCD students, and a place to learn and practice restaurantnd management skills, The restaurant may also provide jobs to SCD students after highschool from SCD after high-school. So far the restaurant could gather 6 months of experience. The restaurant has become more known in its area, and serves an average of 10 – 15 tables per evening, with most business on Friday and Saturday. A group of the older students from SCD take turns in 1-day per week internships, and have fun learning various tasks such as customer service, food preparation, cash management. During our recent visit in July 2015, green beans harvested from SCD`s organic vegetable garden were served at the restaurant at the first time. During our visit, several steps were discussed with the management team with the goal achieve profitabillity of the restaurant yet this year, such as increasing the marketing outreach, adjustments to the menu, and possibly add one evening of entertainment per week. We thank our donors to Marc Sola`s Learn-How-to-Fish program, who enabled us to fund the restaurant. Stay tuned on further updates to come !
As part of the first Learn-How-to-Fish Program on restaurant management, 10 teenage kids from SCD Childrens Home have started a 5-months cooking course with Linna?s Cooking school in Phnom Penh. The tuc-tuc transports the kids every Sunday to the cooking school and picks them up again several hours later. During the course the kids learn in total over 40 different receipies of how to prepare healthy nutritious meals. Soon these new expert cooks will contribute to expand the menu of SCD`s restaurant with some of the meals they learned to prepare. The classes are organizsed very well and managed very professionally by Linna, who learned her cooking skills mainly in Japan. The kids have fun attending the classes. Thanks to the donations by Marc`s Sola, we were able to get the first part of this pilot program on the way as of June. Stay tuned for updates !
Our current initiative supports SCD in growing healthy organic vegetables on a regular basis that will contribute to the children’s food supply. Any surplus will be sold on the market and in SCD`s restaurant, and supports SCD’s operating costs.The premises of SCD include unspoiled land that has been infrequently and partially used for growing vegetables. The first step consisted in building a roof to protect the crops from heavy rain. A qualified expert in organic farming set up the garden and looks after the crops. As part of PGH’s vocational training program LEARN HOW TO FISH the organic vegetable garden also provides a learning experience for young adults interested in farming as a future field of work and raises awareness on environmental issues and organic farming practices. A selected group of SCD’s kids learns the real, hands on practice and also receives theoretical training. Subjects that are being taught are: how to plant and grow various vegetables (lettuce, cucumber, tomato, green bean, water convoulus, egg plant, radish, shallot, amaranth, bitter ground, chilly, water green), making natural compost fertilizer, and natural pesticides. The first project phase is scheduled from April – November 2015. A budget of USD 7,500 has been assigned. The budget needs to be expanded by USD 2,600 if we decide to build a drainage system to allow the use of the vegetable garden also during monsoon. Otherwise heavy rains would disable the gardening during this time. The first results are impressive, first vegetables are being harvested, and integrated in the meals for the kids at the childrens home. All organic waste is collected and mixed with cow dung to create compost, and the kids go to class once a week to learn skills and methods for natural gardening. We are happy with the progress so far, and thank our donors for the support ! Stay tuned for updates !
The Learn-How-to-Fish Program® initiated by Marc-Andre Sola, could raise ~CHF 23,000.—this year. This enabled us, together with the team from SCD in Cambodia led by Chan Norn, to open a small restaurant called “Superfood BBQ” in Phnom Penh. The food selection is based on Cambodian preferences, by combining fish, meat, vegetables, rice and noodles into healthy meals. Customers grill their food themselves, right at their table. In addition, a Tuk-Tuk was purchased for transportation to and from the restaurant.
Earnings from the restaurant are expected to contribute to the SCD Children Home`s operating costs and the business will provide training and job opportunities to young adults from SCD. (See more under MILESTONES and in our PICTURE GALLERY). Thank you sincerely to all our donors, who made that possible!
Happy to report that thanks to the support of our donors, a total of CHF 21’874.80 has been raised for the program since inauguration last year. This program supports entrepreneurism in young people, and to encourage overcoming adverse circumstances with business creativity. Please see „Learn How To Fish Program by Marc Sola“, if you wish to support this program!
The mango tree farm has so far been an important support to the SCD orphanage. It contributes nutritious fruit to the daily food supply of the orphanage’s 100 children and 13 staff members, and provides income to SCD from selling the mangos at the local markets. However, the volume of fruit needs to be increased to make a bigger impact on SCD’s financial operations. The directors of SCD and PGH have approved a budget of USD 15’000 to expand the mango tree farm on SCD land, and implement necessary irigation via ponds, canals and piping. – Thanks to our donors we could contribute USD 3’500 so far, and work has already started. To complete the work swiftly we want to reach the full fundraising amount by May 2014. Helping us achieve this goal, means helping to strengthen the orphanage SCD Cambodia in its goal toward self-sustainability. – THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING A DONATION AND BEING PART OF OUR EFFORTS!
We are happy to announce, that as of year-end 2013, we have raised CHF 8’248 for the „LEARN HOW TO FISH program by Marc Sola“. The mission of this initiative is to encourage underprivileged young people to become independent entrepreneurs by developing business ideas which fit into their community. The program promotes creativity, leadership, self-initiative and independence. It is based on three pillars, education, motivation and entrepreneurship. By providing basic business education in form of a 6-months course, share experiences of successful people who overcame adversity, and by micro-funding the winning business ideas developed during the course, the program’s participants will „learn how to fish“. The pilot program will be implemented in the SCD orphanage in 2014. Teenage children from the orphanage and surrounding villages will be invited to participate. WE WELCOME DONATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM and the funding of winning business plans! PLEASE READ DETAILS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM; ABOUT ITS FOUNDER MARC SOLA, AND ABOUT DONATION DETAILS at „LEARN HOW TO FISH by MARC SOLA“ – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
When it rains, it pours in Cambodia! Often this heavy rain can destroy delicate sprouts, and wash out compost soil of carefully planted vegetable gardens. The vegetable garden built on orphanage land was recently expanded. Thanks to our donors, we were able to provide funding of USD 2’000, to build the structures and roof needed to protect soil and plants from destruction during monsoon rains. This enables the year-out growth of self-grown vegetables, which contributes to the supply of nutrition-balanced food to the 100 kids and 13 staff members of the orphanage.
During our last visit at SCD Cambodia in March 2013, a list of necessary items was established to further the goals and enhance the daily living situation for the kids at the orphanage, resulting in immediate needs requiring a budget of USD 10’100. Thanks to the support of PGH supporters, PGH was able to wire this amount to SCD by June of this year. This funding enables:
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Thank you again for your support – a little went a long way again: PGH could provide USD 6’000 to the orphanage SCD in Phnom Penh. This allowed to purchase school supplies, uniforms for the children starting state school this year, 15 bicycles for the children to travel daily to state school from the orphanage, and to contribute to providing food for 140 children in the month of October. Further more, college registration fees were paid for three children from the SCD orphanage, who graduated from state school and are now able to pursue further education thanks to the support of the orphanage’s donors: Seiha Hal will study design, Cheng-neat Po will study computer science, and Sophal Sam will study agriculture. THANK YOU FROM THE HEART.
Another small but significant step could be achieved, thank you Marc, Lars and Peter for making it happen! Thanks to your generous support, we were able to wire another USD 5’000 to the SCD Orphanage to assist with the operating expenses, which were experiencing shortages. The funding will contribute about 50% of the costs during the month of July, to provide 3 meals per day clothing, shoes, school supplies, medical care for 140 kids and 15 staff members, as well as to pay salaries for 15 permanent staff members including the director, teachers, care-takers, cooks, all dedicated 100% of their time, and agricultural workers on as-needed basis!
PGH is happy to report that 450 mango trees and 1000 banana trees are now being planted on the farmland of the SCD orphanage, in the province Kompong Speur, Cambodia. SCD’s agro-business will be able to benefit from the sale of this fruit; and SCD will provide its own fruit as part of the food needed at the orphanage. Thank you for helping us faciliate this effort though your donations.
We are proud to announce that PGH is supported by the organic fashion label „CHRISTINA KRÄMER collection through the design and sale of their BLUE MARBLE EDITION – PGH *CHARITY SHIRT* made of 100% organic silk or cotton. CHRISTINA KRÄMER collection and PGH are pursuing a long-term relationship, not only in form of donations from sales of the T-Shirts, but also through on-site involvements such as teaching the children sewing, knitting, and clothing design, and supporting the expansion of the handicraft training program available to them. OUR WARMEST GRATITUDE TO CHRISTINA KRÄMER FOR THIS GREAT IDEA AND EFFORT!
Thanks to our generous sponsors, PGH funded the connection of SCD’s water supply to the public water system. It further funded:
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PGH funded the purchase of another 5 hectares of land for SCD’s bean and potatoe farm in Kompong Speur province, Cambodia. THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!
Thanks to our generous donors such as MAN Investments AG, and Eric Roseman of ENR Asset Managment, PGH was able to fund the purchase of 8 hectares of agricultural land in Cambodian province Kompong Speur. Together with the 10 hectares already funded by SCD New York (Cormac Creed), SCD now own 18 hectares of land in Kompong Speur for the growth of beans, soy, potatoes, other vegetables and fruit trees. Together with the 6 hectares of farmland to grow rice in the Takeo province, SCD now owns 24 acres of farm land. The agricultural harvest from this land will contribute greatly to provide food to the orphanage throughout the year.
PGH was able to fund the purchase of 3 hectars of additional land in the province Kompong Speur, to grow beans potatoes and a variety of other vegetables for the orphanage’s food supply and farm business. THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING DONORS!
MAN Investments AG has selected PGH for the receipt of a CHF 5’000 donation. Our sincere gratitude goes to the charitable committee of MAN Investment AG and to Svenja Niggeman!
Thanks to the generous introduction and donation of Francois Champagne, PGH will fund the participation of Chantol Smoun as a delegate from the SCD Orphanage in Cambodia, to the One Young World Conference, a premier global forum for young people of leadership calibre. It manifests the reality of common humanity and the shared existence of all the peoples in one world. www.oneyoungworld.com
We are happy to report, that the new dorm building for girls, donated by PGH, was inaugurated on the 15th of September, with beautiful celebrations and ceremonies at SCD, Phno Penh, Camodia. 45 girls from very young to teen age, have moved into the dorm which provides space for up to 60. PGH could further fund the fence around the orphanage property which increases security of the children, and the expansion of the dining hall building! Our gratitude goes to all donors who helped to make this possible, WITH SPECIAL THANKS Marc-Andre Sola of NMG Financial Services, Lars Niggemann and Tim Young!