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    Weʼve raised £1,505 to help the Butterfly Schools in and around Siem Reap provide activities for local children and support their families.

    Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Funded on Saturday, 4th April 2020

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    The Butterfly Schools in and around Siem Reap, Cambodia, have evolved from the Butterfly Education Centre, which was a before and after school (and weekend) activity centre to local children. There are now 10 Butterfly Schools:

    - the Khmer Traditional Music and Dance Schools, which are now located in a beautiful, light-filled pagoda at Wat Svay thanks to the generosity of the monks there;

    - the Sewing School, which is also located in the pagoda at Wat Svay;

    - the IT/Computer School, which is in the process of re-locating to Mondol 3 Village near Angkor Wat, and

    - six Community Schools where local children can learn English, and also do Arts & Crafts, Drawing, Painting and Singing. These Community Schools are located in Ta Chet, Kbal Mouch, Pouk Jass, Brouyt, Teukvil and Chen Raom Villages.

    The Schools encourage children from impoverished and disadvantaged families to be creative, and to enjoy their time learning new skills whilst also having fun. They give them access to opportunities that you and I take for granted, and an opportunity to laugh and learn together.

    To find out more visit the Centre's website or Facebook page.

    I was in Siem Reap in January 2020, and spent some time at with the tour de force behind the Schools that is the wonderful Ana Margarida Alberty. I also met teachers Sun Seu (Countryside Schools), Kh Nouy (Countryside Schools), Sokun Man (Khmer Dance) and Srey Neang (Sewing) and many of the kids who benefitted from their dedication and commitment to Ana Margarida's cause. I'd love to be able to provide some funds to the Schools - for school supplies, new equipment and to replace some of the furniture in the Countryside Schools (formerly known as the Tuk-tuk Schools). The sewing machines used by the Sewing School are old, for example, and need to be replaced and - with the expanded space offered in the pagoda - additional sewing machines could be installed so that more children could take classes. IT equipment breaks down - or could do with up-dating. The speakers and the sound system used by the dance school broke down whilst I was there. You get the idea.

    Your donation can help make this happen.

    The £1500 raised in December 2019 and January 2020 has been used to buy new materials and supplies, as well as cleaning and hygiene products. It was also used to pay those teachers' salaries that are not yet - or are no longer - covered by donors/sponsors (hint, hint - in case you're interested in sponsoring a teacher or part of a salary for three months or more, please send me a message). Finally, since the Centre in Wat Damnak had to be vacated for financial and security reasons, it was used relocate one of the wood and palm leave outdoor classrooms to the new Countryside school in Pouk Jass Village.



    • Anya Oram4 years ago
      Anya Oram

      Anya Oram

      4 years ago

      We are back from Cambodia, & there are so many stories to tell. But the main one is that the Butterfly Education Centre is transforming - like a butterfly. For financial and security reasons, the location in Wat Damnak village is no longer suitable. The good news is the traditional dance and music schools, as well as the sewing schools have relocated to a pagoda offered by the monks at nearby Wat Svay. The IT/Computer school is relocating to a village near Angkor Wat. And two new Tuk-tuk schools (now called Countryside Schools) are opening.

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    • Anya Oram5 years ago
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      5 years ago

      The prize draw has taken place. Winners: Ticket 155 (Alex K) - Bird by Mary Price Ticket 012 (Mayuri) - November Sky by me Ticket 122 (Anon Delta) - Peacock print by Angela Millar Tickets 039, 112, 149, 165 & 193 win a botanical mandala on-line class from Louise Gale. If you are Anon Delta (you will have received an email from JustGiving with a message from me identifying you as such), can you please contact me at to claim your prize. If there is no contact by 10 January 2020, we will put the prize back in the pot.

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    • Anya Oram5 years ago
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    • Anonymous


      Jan 14, 2020

      All the best from your colleagues in REA.C.4


    • Lia Keune

      Lia Keune

      Jan 7, 2020

      Great initiative, dear Anya! Thank you for sharing this!


    • Anonymous


      Jan 5, 2020

      There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.


    • Gail Kent

      Gail Kent

      Jan 3, 2020

      Hi Anna, great cause! Good luck.


    • Jane and Guy

      Jane and Guy

      Dec 29, 2019

      Go Anya!

    • Lyn Carpenter

      Lyn Carpenter

      Dec 28, 2019

      Cheers to you, Anya, for your generous support for this wonderful cause. Xo


    • Ayaka


      Dec 26, 2019


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    Anya Oram

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    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Brussels based British artist, photographer and educator at heart. Civil servant by day. Mother, aunt, daughter, sister, friend. Cas' human.

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