This week four PEPY Cambodia Representatives, are travelling to Ho Chi Minh, as part of the Irish President’s State Visit to Vietnam. President Michael D. Higgins is the first Irish Head Of State to visit Vietnam and all of us in PEPY Empowering Youth are extremely honored and privileged that our NGO has been chosen as one of the few organizations that to send representatives to meet him.
President Higgins, visited our partner school in Ireland (Donabate Portrane Educate Together – DPETNS) in June this year. While there, DPETNS, he saw first-hand the work of our educational partnership and met Sarakk the PEPY Executive Director, Colm our PEPY Board Member and two scholarship students. In addition Colm managed to speak to President Higgins about the President’s own visit to Cambodia in the 1990s and Colm’s involvement with the partnership.
Thanks for coming in Susie, Cara and TL and hope to see you in Siem Reap again!
Best of luck to the children and parents as they make some cakes this work for our Cambodian Partnership. We cannot wait to see what they come up with. All proceeds from the cake sale go to PEPY.
A very happy Saint Patrick’s Day to everyone in Ireland from everyone in PEPY! Have a blast. We created this special video for your enjoyment
Hello to all children, parents and staff of DPETNS in Ireland from Chairperson Ciarán.
Yes I did it…… I arrived after completing an epic 24 hour journey through Paris and Kuala Lumpur landing in Siem Reap last Tuesday. Our wonderful teacher Colm met me at the airport, accompanied by Sarakk (PEPY executive director) and Manin (PEPY IT coordinator) and it was great to see familiar faces once again. We immediately travelled to the head office and met up with the rest of the wonderful staff and students and I was bowled over by their friendliness and kind welcome to Cambodia.
On Wednesday I travelled to Kralanh district, about 60km from Siem Reap, to meet with families of PEPY scholarship students and to visit the Kralanh Secondary School. Colm and I were again very well received and we had great fun mixing and sharing some learning experiences with the students.
As part of the Dream Project we presented a topic on Positive Mental Health with the aid of our fine translator partners Sarakk and Savoeng. The students were very enthusiastic and asked some interesting questions about Ireland and Irish ways. Although it was a long day the atmosphere and general positivity with everyone in the school was fantastic. I will be revisiting the school in the coming weeks.
The area is very agricultural and rice farming is the leading crop. We visited the Bale and Paddy Art Festival 2016 where they created a replica of the Angkor Wat temple complex. The festival only comes alive at night time and we had the place to ourselves. A really interesting stall showed how they train apprentice mechanics on different car systems and how they function in cars.
Overall it has been a truly fascinating opening week here in Siem Reap.
Former DPETNS teacher Laura Fitzpatrick dropped by PEPY’s Learning Center in Siem Reap today to see first hand how the partnership between DPETNS and PEPY works. Thanks for making the time to visit PEPY Laura! We hope you enjoyed seeing the partnership from ‘the other side’.
So, what a video this is! Students from ETNS took aim at a crossbar and if they hit it they get a jersey. Sound simple? Well done to all those with accurate shots!
This week the Cambodian Religious Festival Pchum Ben is celebrated. It was great to talk to Fiachra’s class in DPETNS about this festival and hear all the news from DPETNS.
A look back on the historic exchange visits that took place in 2015 and a look forward to what we hope lies in store for 2016.
Micheal, Shelia, Niamh, Fiachra and Colm have all arrived safely in Cambodia. Over the next three weeks Niamh, Shelia, Fiachra and Micheal will be teaching scholarship students in the Learning Centre and visiting the Dream Class.
The guys have a busy schedule over the next three weeks which includes recording a partnership song with the scholarship students and when they return children in DPETNS and BETNS will also record it later this year.
In addition, they will be designing classrooms in the Learning Centre and in the Dream Class to enhance the learning environment. GAA will also make its way to Cambodia as the scholarship students are getting their introduction to gaelic games on Saturday with Fiachra. Niamh, Colm and Shelia are working hard on creating a Learn Together booklet which will enhance the teaching of the subject in DPETNS and BETNS. Micheal is providing the students with essential interview and CV writing skills and the occasional jig and reel along the way.
The group are very excited so keep an eye out for video and photo updates on all these events. #3weeksinsummer
Who inspires you?
What a fantastic piece this is on our partnership and our school. Lovely to read the quotes, reflections and shared memories. Thanks to Dana in PEPY for the great write up and the really nice summary.
On Sunday we said farewell to our Cambodian visitors. It was an extremely memorable three weeks with a fantastic amount covered inside and outside of classrooms.
Last week Manin got some thoughts of children in DPETNS and PEPY Scholarship students. The results can be seen in the wonderful video which he has produced above. Thanks to everyone in BETNS, DPETNS and beyond for making this visit so special.
Please be sure to join us on Friday for what promises to be really fun day. Throughout the day the children will be doing the fun run. The adult fun run gets underway at 2.35 and to round off a great day and fantastic three weeks we will be having our social night in the Waterside Hotel. Proceedings get underway at 8pm in the Waterside. Be there!
Over the next few weeks the children in DPETNS will be working with Manin to record a video on who inspires them. See who inspires PEPY scholarship student Sitham in this video!
Watch this video to learn what Ronouch is looking forward to most about her trip to Ireland.
The countdown begins to our fun run/walk on the 8th of May. Be there!
Manin has designed CambodiaIreland stickers. I am driving around the streets of Siem Reap with one on my moto. Looking forward to them gracing Learn Together copies, school bags, windows and everything else in Ireland.
Irish American Mary Tilson has been lives in Siem Reap. She is a yoga teacher and has been teaching the scholarship students in PEPY for the past couple of weeks. The sessions Mary has done have been challenging, joyous and rewarding.
Thanks so much to Mary for helping us help ourselves. We look forward to more yoga classes and building it into our daily routines. Yoga has so many benefits and we are already reaping some of these benefits in PEPY. Awkun Mary!
Thanks so much to Niamh’s class and Annelies Tol in particular! The tea has arrived, the chocolate is been eaten. Very, very kind! What a great class.
Today we sent off our visas to the Irish Embassy in Vietnam. This is another small step ahead of the trip to Ireland in April and May. The excitement here is really building with the four staff and students preparing lessons, games and dances for Ireland. Bring it on!
Take a moment to view our exclusive video on promoting positive mental health now!
Over the past couple of weeks in PEPY we recorded some video messages for some of our penpals in DPETNS!
Two PEPY Riders and friends of our educational partnership stopped by the Learning Center. Meg who is from England did the 1,000km ride last year and followed this up with another spin this year. What a woman! Nikki is from Lurgan (County Armagh) and this was her first time doing the test of endurance. Both Nikki and Meg live in Germany and are fluent in the language. While they were in the class they taught us some German (sehr gut) and shared with us some experiences about living in Germany. The students and I learned a lot and we say vielen dank for the visit. We hope to see them in Siem Reap or Dublin in the near future!
We have put together a short video with a selection of the quotes we have received from DPETNS and PEPY. There is also a short message from Manin and Colm in Cambodia. We hope you like the video.