Guy's Trust News March 2016
Dear Friends
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We have just returned from an unforgettable trip to Cambodia. A wonderful, humbling, rewarding experience opening our first primary school there in memory of Guy and starting to build the second.
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A group of twenty of us spent a week at Kandal village in Kampot, digging, shifting rubble, doing metal work, laying bricks, installing sinks, creating a vegetable plot and a playground - and in between playing with many of the hundreds of children who will benefit from our endeavours!
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Cambodia has the least educated population and the highest level of poverty and illiteracy in the region and good schools are desperately needed.
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Your generosity has allowed us to build and equip this new school. However there is still a need for more books and also for bikes. Some of the older children walk up to two hours to get to school and the bikes will make a huge difference to them. We have set up a special fundraising page and if you would like to make a donation you can do so here.
   
With very best wishes,
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Vicky
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Vicky Joseph 
Chair of Trustees
www.guystrust.org
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Arriving at Kandal Village School, the children have clearly been waiting for us for some time. We receive an incredible welcome - the entire school lining the path, waving flags, clapping and handing us jasmine posies.   
There are speeches, fresh coconuts all round and songs, including a heartfelt rendition of a pop song by two of the older boys! We have a group photo taken while we're still clean - and then it's time to get to work.
 

The existing school serves 328 children in three dingy classrooms. They attend in shifts, each teacher with over 50 children. We are going to start building an additional new five-classroom block, proper toilets, basins with running water and a playground. When the school is finished the children will be able to attend school all day.

The children have been told not to go on to the building site, but their fascination with us overcomes their initial shyness and this rule is totally ignored!   


 
The basins have been constructed and the
water starts flowing.
It's clear that some of   
the children have never
seen water running from
a tap before.
 
By the end of the week the playground has been finished, the swings and climbing ropes erected, the walls have started to go up and new Guy's Trust T-shirts have been handed out to everyone.  We all feel a huge sense of achievement and although it has been hard work in hot temperatures, everyone has had an incredible time. A number of people tell me it has been one of the best weeks of their life.   
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During the week some of us take time off to attend the opening ceremony of the first Guy's Trust school at Tany village in the neighbouring province of Koh Kong which has just been finished. The entire village, along with local dignitaries and politicians are there and we receive another extraordinary welcome.   
The old school.... 
...and the new school 
We would like to thank ActionAid for organising the trip for us and everyone who has contributed to the project - those who got their hands dirty and those who dug into their pockets to help fund it. We couldn't do any of this without you! 
 Photos by Mitzi de Margary, Penny Tregear, Tony Joseph, Vicky Joseph 
Before you go - some dates for your diary 
 
8th June - World Oceans Day: another simultaneous worldwide beach clean "Guy's Garbage Grab". If you're going to be near a beach on that day - anywhere in the world - and are willing to take part, please get in touch.
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31st July - Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100: we have places!  Get on your bike for Guy's Trust.
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26th September - The 18 Challenge: back again after last year's absence. Join us for this lovely 18km circular walk in the Lee Valley Regional Park (9km option too).
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9th October - Royal Parks Half Marathon:
we have places in this too! Contact us if you'd like one.
Guy's Trust
reg charity 1146422
www.guystrust.org    info@guystrust.org    
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