November 2016 Charity Ride

For the second year running Paleriders – Cambodia ran a charity ride for the Jesus School in Phnom Penh. The school was founded in 2002 by Pastor Meng Aun Hour after he visited the Thnot Chrum rubbish dump. He had a vision of creating a school nearby to educate the children of the dump workers so that they may have better opportunities in life. The dump has closed long ago but the school continues to serve the local community. There are currently 213 students enrolled, from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Their education is free, with uniforms, text books and school supplies provided. The Jesus School also provides assistance for the children to enrol at a Government High School after they complete Grade 6. This year we only had 4 participants, Brett, Jim and I riding and John in the support vehicle. Despite the lack of numbers we still managed to raise $6500 USD for the school. This was largely because another rider, Tom Mauloni; paid upfront for the trip but had to pull out due to business commitments. However, he very generously donated the full amount to the cause. Thank you so much mate! I thought I’d put together a blog post about the ride, and I’ve also included commentary and images from Jim Elliot, thanks mate. I’m also cheating a bit and using the Facebook posts I uploaded each day on the ride.

Day 1 – Brett Hardwick arrived in the morning from Australia so we left Phnom Penh around 11 am which wasn’t a bad thing as the traffic had died down to a mildly chaotic level. After arriving in Kampong Cham; I spent the afternoon buying steel and fasteners for a bridge repair project at Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage which was commencing just after the ride finished. The rest of the crew relaxed and took it easy. All good, the weather had been fine so far, there was a little bit of rain expected overnight but the forecasts said it should be fine for most of the ride.

Jim Elliott – “First day on the road was an adrenalin rush; the rules don’t take long to learn. There is only one – ‘Might Is Right’. Stayed at Kampong Cham then followed the Mekong making a ferry crossing late morning, that night was Kratie then onto Mondolkiri Province where we stayed in a jungle camp”.

Enroute to Kampong Cham

 

In Kampong Cham – Sreyda posing as usual

 

Day 2 – we had an easy day riding from Kampong Cham to Kratie and then to the dolphin pool at Kampi. So far so good, the bikes were running well. John Boyd was keeping Sreyda and the boys in the car entertained.

 

John rode shotgun in the support vehicle on this trip

 

Brett and Jim on the ferry across the Mekong

 

Dolphin pool at Kampi

Day 3 and 4 – we had an easy ride from Kratie to Sen Monorom where we met up with the volunteer staff from Elephant Valley Project in the afternoon. After all the admin stuff was done we followed them out to their base camp, about 10 km out of town. With no internet and generator power only from 5:30 pm to 9 pm, it was peaceful, serene and we all had a great night’s sleep. Next morning we walked in the forest with Jemma and Claire, and spent time with two elephants, Milot and Sambo. After lunch we rode to Banlung, about 200 km north, and cooled off in Yeak Laom volcanic lake. That night the rain bucketed down.

Jim Elliot – “After saying g’day to some ageing elephants and lunch we rode onto Banlung in Ratanakiri Province were we got to cool off in a volcanic lake and watch the sun go down”.

Cambodia – Vietnam Solidarity Monument at Snuol, close to the Vietnamese border

 

The sign says it all

 

Milot is losing weight because most of her teeth have worn away

 

Sambo’s bum in the background

 

Sambo has grown quite fat

 

Uncle John doing what he does best

 

Relaxing at the Elephant Valley Project base camp

 

Brett kicking back at EVP

 

Cooling off in Yeak Laom crater lake, Banlung

 

Cooling off in Yeak Laom crater lake, Banlung

 

Always hungry that girl

 

Day 5  – an easy ride from Banlung to Stung Treng and then preparing for the boat trip next day, when we travelled to Voeun Sien village to repair the village water pump which hadn’t worked for about 3 years. I spent the afternoon buying the pump parts and doing some chassis repairs to the support vehicle while the boys relaxed and explored Stung Treng. Jim had a new set of wheel bearings fitted to his bike and checked out the largest wooden house in Cambodia, owned by a government official. 

Jim Elliott – “We left the mountains for Stung Treng where I had new bearings fitted to the front wheel and visited a home built to excess by some Government official. It would have cost more than a hundred schools. Resources not going where they’re needed?”

Start of Day 5 at Banlung

 

New wheel bearings transformed the handling

 

This house is over 1300 square metres in area

Day 6 – an eventful day, an early start from Stung Treng but we soon stopped due to the horrendous noises coming from the diff. Nothing obviously wrong was found so it was put down to the extra load and a bit of wear in the limited slip clutches so we carried onto O Svay village. From there we travelled 15 km down river in boats to Voeun Sien, a village on a Mekong River island where we repaired their village water pump which had been out if action for 3 years. It was soon bringing up clean, fresh water which will make a big difference as they’ve had to haul water up from the river since the pump failed. After lunch we visited their school to hand out books, pencils, toothpaste and brushes kindly donated by John Boyd and Sokountheara Hon. Unfortunately John was nipped by a dog so he returned to Stung Treng for a rabies shot while the rest of us travelled by boat to Don Khon in Laos. All enjoyed staying at Senghaleune Resort and we caught up with John next day back in Stung Treng.

Jim Elliott – “Leaving the bikes chained up in Stung Treng we travelled to O Svay Village were we left the van and travelled 15 km down river by boat to Voeun Sien Village to fix a water pump & visit the school. At the village school John was snacked on by a dog after standing on it. He went off and had some vacs, all OK. Giving books, pencils and toothbrushes to the kids”.

All the kids were waiting for us to arrive

 

They gave us a hand to cart everything up to the village

 

It only took an hour and $20 worth of parts to fix the pump

 

The water was clean and fresh

 

John had brought stuff to give to the kids

 

John had brought stuff to give to the kids

 

The kids ended up with books, pencils and toothbrushes

 

Heading up to Don Khon in Laos

 

Our transport from Ban Hangkhone to Sengaleune Guesthouse

 

Day 7 – another eventful day, starting out with a ride over to Don Det in Laos on a couple of really crap scooters with no brakes, stopped at Ban Hangkhone primary school to give books and stuff to about 40 kids, then a tuk tuk on the Cambodian side to Sopheakmith Waterfall, boat ride back to O Svay and then back to Stung Treng to catch up with “Mad Dog” John Boyd. He was OK, he’d started on the course of rabies vaccine and was in good spirits.

Jim Elliott – “Further up river to Laos and a stay on Don Khon Island, no visa required. Hired some small bikes without brakes, they didn’t even have the calipers on the front but they got us across the island. While in Laos we stopped at Ban Hangkhone School and gave away the last of the books and pencils 26 books 43 pupils! Life can be tough sometimes but we didn’t see any tears only big smiles! Out of Laos and a visit to falls on the Cambodian side of the border”

French railway bridge, Don Khon

 

Brett wasn’t keen on riding the bikes with no brakes

 

Crap bikes – crap roads

 

Guesthouses on Don Det

 

Welcome

 

 

Giving away the last of the school supplies at Ban Hangkhone, Laos

 

Giving away the last of the school supplies at Ban Hangkhone, Laos

 

Happy kids at Ban Hangkhone, Laos

 

Travelling on the Mekong

 

Sopheakmith Waterfall

 

Day 8 – a nice 320 km ride from Stung Treng to Siem Reap, with a stopover at Koh Ker Temple for lunch.

Jim Elliott – “320 km ride to Siem Reap, the bike handling much better with the new wheel bearings. Stopped for lunch at Koh Ker, one of the more mysterious temples in Preah Vihear Province. Fantastic views from the top”.

 

Coffee time

 

At Koh Ker Temple

 

It’s a long way down

 

It’s a long way down

 

At Koh Ker Temple

 

At Koh Ker Temple

 

Back on Road 6, not far from Siem Reap

 

Day 9 – I hit the road at 4:30 am to do the 400 km round trip home to swap my Transalp for the XR650. This was because in a couple of days we were planning to go across the Cardamom Mountains and it may have still been a bit muddy. Meanwhile Brett Hardwick and Jim Elliott visited Angkor Wat and a few other temples and John Boyd went to the doctor for another rabies shot. We met up that night for dinner in Pub Street and wandered around the Night Markets.

Angkor Wat

 

Ta Prohm

 

Brett at Ta Prohm

 

Angkor Thom

 

Preparing the XR for the second half of the ride

 

New tyres all round

 

New Riverside Hotel, Siem Reap. Highly recommended.

 

Dinner in Pub Street, Siem Reap

 

Day 10 – a 180 km ride from Siem Reap to Battambang, an awesome lunch at The Kitchen then a ride on the bamboo train. Sadly it will probably be gone by next year’s ride, the government are reopening the line from Phnom Penh to Poipet to connect with the Thai rail system. The plan was to split up on day 11; Brett, Jim, Vien and I were to ride across the Cardamom Mountains while Sreyda, John and Coit went in the car by the main highway. We were to meet them in Koh Kong on day 12.

Jim Elliott – “Bamboo Railway, great fun thundering along about 30 centimetres off the ground on petrol driven rail cars, 2 axles, frame, bamboo mat to sit on; nothing bolted together the thing comes apart in seconds when a car comes the other way one dismantles to allow the other to pass”.

Battambang

 

Battambang

 

Bamboo Train, Battambang

 

Bamboo Train, Battambang

 

Bamboo Train, Battambang

 

The line hasn’t been repaired in years

 

Jim Elliott – “Who needs a gym when you work on the railway! This girl would be a contender in any body building competition”

 

Day 11 – things didn’t go to plan, we were ready to leave the hotel in Battambang when Jim’s bike wouldn’t start. We couldn’t get it going so ended up calling a mechanic. He worked on it unsuccessfully for a couple of hours so we ended up leaving it there to be returned to Phnom Penh by taxi. By then it was too late to go to O Saom so we travelled down Road 5 to Oudong, and the bike shop sent a new bike there for Jim.

Jim’s new bike was a red one – whose is the reddest?

 

Dinner in Oudong. There’s nothing much to say about Oudong really. I’d much rather have been in O Saom

 

Day 12 – Road 51 from Oudong to Road 4 near Kampong Speu was bloody awful, if I knew it was that bad I’d never have taken the car that way. I believe it’s not that old but overloaded trucks have destroyed it, there are potholes a metre deep in places. It was a relief to get onto Road 4, even with all the semi-trailers and idiot drivers. Soon after we stopped for a late breakfast in Kampong Speu and the rest of the ride to Koh Kong was fairly uneventful. 

Breakfast in Kampong Speu after the ordeal of Road 51

 

Rest stop enroute to Koh Kong

 

Enroute to Koh Kong

 

Enroute to Koh Kong

 

Day 13 was a free day in Koh Kong. Jim arranged a boat trip to Koh Kong Island but the rest of us were happy to have a late breakfast and relax for the day. Brett and I went for a ride over to the Thai border and caught up with Nick Berry, who was laid up with a cut foot from a grinding accident. John rented a scooter and went exploring in the border market.

Jim Elliot – “Koh Kong Province; another lay day. Did an island excursion snorkeling & kayaking, BBQ barracuda and pineapple for lunch, got a bit rough on the return trip. Only a small boat and a big swell in the Gulf Of Thailand”.

Brett and I at Koh Kong

 

At the Thai border

 

Sreyda was happy – she found crabs

 

At Cafe Laurent, Koh Kong

 

Koh Kong sunset

 

Farewell Uncle John

 

Day 14 – John had mixed up the dates for the ride and had booked his return flight too early so he left us early in the morning to return to Phnom Penh. We had a 300 km ride on good roads from Koh Kong to Kep, the wind gusts around Kampot blew the bikes all over the road but we made good time and were there for lunch. I was looking forward to resting up next day as I’d had a stomach bug since we left Siem Reap and felt pretty bad.

Enroute to Kep – waiting for Jim

 

Here’s Jim

 

There’s some big rivers on the Koh Kong road

 

Day 15 – a free day in Kep, I made the most of it and rested up. Jim went exploring the old French villas and ended up tasting beers at an art gallery.

Jim Elliott – “Kep was one of my favourite places, it has a rustic feel to it. Jungled mountains, a quiet beach, back in the day luxurious villas dotted the hillside, a few still remain, now ruined vestiges of a bygone era. Oceanfront Crab Market, shacks serving excellent seafood, pleasant little cafes, it’s a foodie’s fantasy. French villas constructed between 1930 and 1960 were abandoned during the war, taken over by the elite of the Khmer Rouge before fleeing in defeat they destroyed and burned most of this fine architecture from the French Colonial period”.

Laidback Kep

 

Laidback Kep

 

Crab Market

 

French villa

 

Ruined villa – the jungle is slowly taking over

 

Dinner at the Crab Market

 

Day 16 of November 2016 Charity Ride. Our last day, we had a fairly relaxed ride from Kep to Phnom Penh and returned the rental bikes. Later we met Meng Aun Hour and Polin Paul Tho at the Jesus School so that Brett and Jim could have a look and afterwards we visited a young man, Veasna, who Sreyda and I sponsored at the Jesus School a few years ago. He lives in the slum area behind the school where 32 houses burnt down in July, his included. A few  NGOs have now built new homes for them. That night we had dinner at Meng’s home and presented him with the money raised on this year’s ride. This will be used for school expenses such as teacher’s salaries, uniforms for the kids, books, stationery etc. Money was received from the following people:
Tom Mauloni ~ $3000 USD
Jimmy Mack ~ $800 USD
John Boyd ~ $800 USD
Brett Hardwick ~ $800 USD
Sreyda Meas & I ~ $800 USD
Tivhor Balonzo Cantor ~ $150 USD
Ross Whitewood ~ $75 USD ($100 AUD)
Lola Holcombe ~ $75 USD ($100 AUD)
TOTAL FOR 2016 ~ $6500 USD.

Thanks everyone for your support.

Jim Elliott – “Cambodia was magical, Paleriders Charity Ride a fulfilling experience, awesome food, some manic riding, travelled through 19 of the 25 provinces covering around 2500 km and raising money for the Jesus school in Phnom Penh as well as assisting local communities along the way, fixed a village pump, visited schools ,gave away books, pencils, toothbrushes and showed some under privileged kids that someone cares”.

Jim doing a few laps at Au Paradis Bleu, Kep

 

Jim Elliott – Owen, Brett and me outside the Jesus school. Behind the school is the slum where a lot of these kids come from. 

 

Visiting Veasna at his new home behind the Jesus School

 

Homes rebuilt after a fire went through in July

 

Dinner at Meng and Rady’s home

 

Dinner at Meng and Rady’s home

 

Presenting the donations to Meng

 

Meng presented myself and the team with an appreciation award for our efforts

 

The appreciation award

 

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Donations by Paleriders and friends in 2014

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything on my blog but it’s time I started again. Paleriders – Cambodia would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated money during 2014. A total of $20746 was donated, details are set out below. Major project for the year was completion of the new classrooms at Samroeng Village Primary School in February. We also provided support to the Jesus School, Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage, NACOPCA Orphanage, The Landmine Museum in Siem Reap, and helped Chanleak Chea with his Grace Sewing Centre in Kampong Cham. Highlight of the year for me was taking 23 kids from NACOPCA Orphanage to the beach in September. In 2015 I’d like to do the same for the kids at Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage.

Once again, thanks to everyone for your generous support.

New classrooms completed
New classrooms completed at Samroang Village Primary School
New classrooms completed
New classrooms completed at Samroang Village Primary School
Grace Sewing Centre, Kampong Cham
Grace Sewing Centre, Kampong Cham
Kids from NACOPCA Orphanage at the beach
Kids from NACOPCA Orphanage at the beach
Kids from NACOPCA Orphanage at the beach
Kids from NACOPCA Orphanage at the beach

 

List of donors:


John and Lola Holcombe Samroeng Village Primary School $50.00 opening party 06-01-14
Graeme & Delvene Read Samroeng Village Primary School $168.00 opening party 07-01-14
Hansen Family Samroeng Village Primary School $50.00 opening party 07-01-14
Owen & Sreyda Samroeng Village Primary School $600.00 cement/sand 23-01-14
Owen & Sreyda Samroeng Village Primary School $60.00 paint 24-01-14
Owen & Sreyda Samroeng Village Primary School $300.00 mesh to fill upper bays 24-01-14
Owen & Sreyda Samroeng Village Primary School $10.00 locks 28-01-14
Owen & Sreyda Samroeng Village Primary School $250.00 opening party 01-02-14
Owen & Sreyda Samroeng Village Primary School $70.00 signwriting 01-02-14
Owen & Sreyda Samroeng Village Primary School $25.00 fit windows and door locks 01-02-14
Greg McCubben & Karina Lynch Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $250.00 for the kids – clothes, shoes etc 04-02-14
Kelvin & Tina Fiedler Jesus School $1,000.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 18-03-14
Owen & Sreyda Jesus School $175.00 support 2 students + 1 teacher 11-03-14
Graeme & Delvene Read Jesus School $100.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 02-03-14
Peter and Kirschty Birt Jesus School $100.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 11-03-14
Phil and Lydia Hocking Jesus School $200.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 02-03-14
Robyn Dittrich Jesus School $100.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 25-05-14
Colin Turnbull Jesus School $250.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 11-04-14
Brian and Aon Thomson Jesus School $100.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 11-04-14
Sandy Martin Jesus School $100.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 02-04-14
Adrienne Clarey Jesus School $50.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 15-04-14
Tanya Denison Leak’s sewing centre $150.00 Sewing machine 09-06-14
John Bourke Leak’s sewing centre $150.00 Sewing machine 09-06-14
Owen & Sreyda Leak’s sewing centre $150.00 Sewing machine 09-06-14
Brett Hardwick& Cherie Green Leak’s sewing centre $300.00 Sewing machine 21-01-14
Owen & Sreyda Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $70.00 Rice 03-06-14
Dave Lumley NACOPCA Orphanage $200.00 Power and water 18-08-14
Adrienne Clarey Leak’s house project $70 Building materials 05-08-14
Owen & Sreyda Leak’s house project $50.00 Building materials 05-08-14
Anita Thrupp Jesus School $50.00 Fundrazr for Jesus School 20-08-14
Owen & Sreyda NACOPCA Orphanage $100.00 Power and water 26-08-14
Owen & Sreyda NACOPCA Orphanage $300.00 Beach trip 31-08-14
Geoff Watson (Paleriders) NACOPCA Orphanage $250.00 Beach trip 31-08-14
Colin Turnbull NACOPCA Orphanage $200.00 Beach trip 31-08-14
John and Lola Holcombe NACOPCA Orphanage $150.00 Beach trip 31-08-14
Edna & Tony NACOPCA Orphanage $50.00 Beach trip 31-08-14
Owen & Sreyda Jesus School $130.00 School books 15-09-14
Sarina State High Gr 10 1977 Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $250.00 Rice, noodles, soap, shampoo etc 07-10-14
Owen & Sreyda Landmine Museum, Siem Reap $240.00 Schools program 11-11-14
Owen & Sreyda Landmine Museum, Siem Reap $113.00 Toothpaste, brushes, soap etc 11-11-14
Anonymous donor from WA Jesus School & Orphanage $1,400.00 Extra $1400 for Jesus School 30-01-14
Anonymous donor from WA Jesus School & Orphanage $1,780.00 Students x2, 1 teacher, extra $1400 24-02-14
Anonymous donor from WA Jesus School & Orphanage $760.00 Students x2, 1 teacher 21-03-14
Anonymous donor from WA Jesus School & Orphanage $1,140.00 Students x2, 1 teacher 24-05-14
Anonymous donor from WA Jesus School & Orphanage $2,140.00 Extra $1000 for Jesus School 28-07-14
Anonymous donor from WA Jesus School & Orphanage $2,400.00 Sothearo $500, books $1000 28-09-14
Anonymous donor from WA Jesus School & Orphanage $3,015.00 Christmas party, uniforms, prizes 30-11-14
Robert and Kazuko Longley Jesus School & Orphanage $1,000.00 Christmas party, uniforms, prizes 28-11-14
Owen & Sreyda Jesus School & Orphanage $200.00 Christmas party, uniforms, prizes 28-11-14

TOTAL $20,746.00

 

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Donations by Paleriders and friends in 2013

The year is not finished yet but Paleriders and friends have helped to build 3 schools in 2013 as well as contributing to many worthy causes. In total we have given away $39,029. Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity.

Bobbie Jo Busiko Samroeng Pagoda School building $65.00 desks 16/03/2013
Brett Hardwick& Cherie Green Chuuk Ksach school – well $200.00 dig well 15/02/2013
Brett Hardwick& Cherie Green Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $110.00 2 bikes 30/09/2013
Cliff & Marj Herod Samroeng Pagoda School building $150.00 desks 28/02/2013
Cliff & Marj Herod Samroeng Village Primary School $100.00 desks 02/07/2013
Colin & Adam Turnbull Samroeng Pagoda School building $500.00 10000 bricks 08/01/2013
Colin Turnbull Samroeng Pagoda School building $100.00 1 tonne cement 14/04/2013
Cory Anderson Samroeng Pagoda School building $100.00 1 tonne cement 22/03/2013
Dan & Danijela Jukic Samroeng Village Primary School $13,500.00 building 17/05/2013
Dean Pages & Jum Samroeng Pagoda School building $100.00 desks 05/03/2013
Edna & Tony Samroeng Pagoda School building $105.00 desks 16/03/2013
Gavin & Karen Foot Samroeng Pagoda School building $105.00 desks 12/03/2013
Geoff Watson (Paleriders) Chuuk Ksach school – toilet $200.00 build toilet 08/01/2013
Geoff Watson (Paleriders) Jesus School $5,000.00 building 03/03/2013
Geoff Watson (Paleriders) Samroeng Village Primary School $2000 .00 building 02/10/2013
Geoff Watson (Paleriders) Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $400.00 university fees for one student 01/08/2013
Graeme & Delvene Read Samroeng Pagoda School building $70.00 desks 11/03/2013
Graeme & Delvene Read Jesus School $170.00 books – Grade 1 30/09/2013
Graeme Garrett Jesus School $100.00 desks 28/04/2013
Heather Harmer Samroeng Pagoda School building $35.00 cement/sand 27/03/2013
Jo Pearce Samroeng Pagoda School building $50.00 .5 tonne cement 15/02/2013
John and Lola Holcombe Samroeng Pagoda School building $70.00 desks 28/02/2013
Kelvin Fiedler Samroeng Village – small English classroom $200.00 desks 21/03/2013
Kelvin Fiedler Jesus School $1,000.00 building 10/05/2013
Kelvin Fiedler Jesus School $1,000.00 building 18/06/2013
Kiri Blanch Samroeng Pagoda School building $35.00 desk 11/03/2013
Kirschty, Del and Sarie Jesus School $120.00 books
Lydia Birt Samroeng Pagoda School building $35.00 cement/sand 14/03/2013
Marcus Borg Samroeng Pagoda School building $35.00 cement/sand 14/03/2013
Mark Birtles Samroeng Village Primary School $31.00 desks 06/08/2013
Mark Cesnik Samroeng Pagoda School building $100.00 1 tonne cement 15/02/2013
Mark Cesnik Samroeng Pagoda School building $50.00 cement/sand 12/04/2013
Nareen Edmonds Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $55.00 1 bike 04/10/2013
Noel Nicholls Chuuk Ksach school – toilet $50.00 toilet roof 20/08/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Samroeng Pagoda School building $188.00 2 tonnes cement 08/01/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Chuuk Ksach school – toilet $100.00 build toilet 08/01/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Samroeng Pagoda steps $200.00 build front steps 15/01/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Samroeng Pagoda steps $200.00 build front steps 17/02/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Chuuk Ksach school – swings $150.00 buy playground equipment 16/02/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Samroeng Pagoda School building $200.00 desks 10/03/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Samroeng Pagoda steps $350.00 build front steps 10/03/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Jesus School $1,000.00 building 16/08/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Samroeng Pagoda steps $350.00 build front steps ??
Paleriders – Cambodia Jesus School $250.00 desks 20/05/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Jesus School $200.00 books 08/10/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $55.00 1 bike 04/10/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Samroeng Village Primary School $3500.00 roof 01/12/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Stung Treng Women’s Centre $200.00 donation 01/06/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $200.00 donation 01/06/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Landmine Museum, Siem Reap $200.00 donation 01/06/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Sunrise Children’s Village, Siem Reap $200.00 donation 01/06/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $200.00 donation 10/11/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia NACOPCA Otphanage $200.00 donation 09/11/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Landmine Museum, Siem Reap $200.00 donation 16/11/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Soi Dog Foundation $1,200.00 donation Annual
Paleriders – Cambodia Vietnam Veterans Mineeclearing Team – Cambodia $1,200.00 donation Annual
Paleriders – Cambodia Jesus School $2,100.00 support 2 students + 1 teacher Annual
Paleriders – Cambodia Kar Chuoy Dai Orphanage $400.00 university fees for one student 01/08/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Samroeng Village $300.00 university fees for one student 01/09/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia Philipine Typhoon Relief $250 17/11/2013
Peter and Kirschty Birt Samroeng Pagoda School building $100.00 1 tonne cement 12/03/2013
Peter and Kirschty Birt Jesus School $100 Christmas gifts 02/12/2013
Phil Bentley Samroeng Village Primary School $100.00 desks 30/08/2013
Rene Fuller Samroeng Village Primary School $100.00 desks 06/07/2013
Robert Longley Chuuk Ksach school – toilet $200.00 build toilet 08/01/2013
Robert Longley Chuuk Ksach school – swings $200.00 buy playground equipment 16/02/2013
Robert Longley Samroeng Pagoda School building $500.00 roof 25/02/2013
Robert Longley Samroeng Village – small English classroom $200.00 desks 11/04/2013
Robert Longley Jesus School $145.00 desks 14/05/2013
Robert Longley Samroeng Village Primary School $300.00 desks 10/09/2013
Robert Longley Samroeng Village Primary School $500.00 roof 08/11/2013

 

 

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Two new classrooms at Samroeng Village Primary School

Some time ago a generous Australian donor gave me $5000 AUD to help build another classroom block at the main primary school in my village. Whilst waiting for more funds to come in so that the work could commence, another donor from Australia gave me the full amount estimated to finish the work, $13500 AUD. A couple of months before, I’d obtained a quote from the local building materials merchant to supply everything and he gave me a figure of $9500. I also had a quote from a builder of $3500 for the construction. I approached the building materials merchant two months later to sign a contract, when I had enough money, but he’d changed his mind. He wanted to engage his own builder, and wanted $20000 to supply materials and construct. This was much more than I was prepared to pay, and having just finished some extensions on my own house, I knew he was taking advantage of me. So Sreyda and I decided do the buying ourselves and she’d do all the organising. She is quite good at it, she managed the building of our house and the extensions. The original $5000 AUD I was given has now been used to commence work on another two classrooms at the Jesus School, Phnom Penh.

See my previous blogpost http://www.paleriders.com.au/two-new-classrooms-for-jesus-school-phnom-penh/

The school was finished and handed over in February 2014. It ended up costing around the same as the building materials merchant estimated but I know it was built stronger than he would have done it. There was probably too much cement and steel went into it but it will last a long time.

Delivering sand
Delivering sand

 

Large rock for foundations
Large rock for foundations

 

Reinforcing steel
Reinforcing steel

 

Soft steel for ties
Soft steel for ties

 

Samroeng Village Primary School
20000 bricks

 

Samroeng Village Primary School
Cutting reinforcing bars

 

Samroeng Village Primary School
Steel fixing

 

Samroeng Village Primary School
Preparing foundations

 

Samroeng Village Primary School
Construction site

 

Samroeng Village Primary School
Construction site

 

Samroeng Village Primary School
Preparing reinforcing steel for foundations

 

Samroeng Village Primary School
Srey Nyt and Rathsa supervising construction

 

Footings for columns
Footings for columns

 

Footings for columns
Footings for columns

 

Laying brick foundations
Laying brick foundations

 

Laying brick foundations
Laying brick foundations

 

Laying brick foundations
Laying brick foundations

 

Laying brick foundations
Laying brick foundations

 

Steel ties for column reinforcing
Steel ties for column reinforcing

 

Making up reinforcement for columns
Making up reinforcement for columns

 

Foundations taking shape
Foundations taking shape

 

Timber for formwork
Timber for formwork

 

No cement mixers here
No cement mixers here

 

Working on the foundations
Working on the foundations

 

Sreyda the Project Manager
Sreyda the Project Manager

 

Concreting the foundations
Concreting the foundations

 

Concreting the foundations
Concreting the foundations

 

Concreting the foundations
Concreting the foundations

 

Formwork stripped off
Formwork stripped off

 

Formwork stripped off
Formwork stripped off

 

Making up formwork for columns
Making up formwork for columns

 

Buying doors and windows
Buying doors and windows
Pouring the upper beams
Pouring the upper beams

 

Windows fitted
Windows fitted

 

Brickwork nearing completion
Brickwork nearing completion

 

Concrete beams poured
Concrete beams poured

 

Fill for the floor
Fill for the floor
Windows fitted
Windows fitted

 

Floor filled ready for concrete
Floor filled ready for concrete

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

 

Another load of rock
Another load of rock
More large rocks
More large rocks
Two new classrooms
Two new classrooms
New classrooms completed
New classrooms completed
New classrooms completed
New classrooms completed

 

 

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Two new classrooms for Jesus School, Phnom Penh

We’d thought for a while about helping to add more rooms to the Jesus School in Phnom Penh. It was built to provide an education for the kids from the nearby rubbish dump, which has since closed, but student numbers have grown to 250 now and the original four room building is too small. The plan had always been to add another floor on top, but after obtaining a quote the cost was double what we had available. A friend suggested that we look at building a separate, single storey building and that is what we decided on. Paleriders – Cambodia already had a $5000 donation from a generous donor in Australia, which was to be used to build two more classrooms at the main primary school in Samroeng Village, Kampong Thom but another Australian had since donated the full amount for that project. The $5000 was diverted to the Jesus School, along with another $2000 from an Australian working in Laos. This was added to the $4000 which the Jesus School already had to use for the project.

 

Jesus School, Phnom Penh
Foundations almost completed

 

 The rubbish dump before it closed a few years ago.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Fr0FHHgkk&feature=player_detailpage

Building the foundations for two new classrooms.

 

Jesus School, Phnom Penh
Brickwork in progress

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=G_tdi7Sh5vA

Brickwork in progress.

 

Painting walls
Painting walls

 

Painting walls
Painting walls

 

Painting walls
Painting walls

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIvUn1pDj2g&feature=youtu.be

Wall painting in progress

 

Roof completed
Roof completed

 

http://youtu.be/r3DKcwNwCec

Roof completed

Nearly finished
Nearly finished

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnLnXiq-2Oo&feature=youtu.be

Building almost completed

 

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School at Samroeng Village Pagoda – update

Support for this project has been outstanding, from members of the community and from friends of Paleriders – Cambodia. The school is now completed. Extra money donated for the desks was used to lay the concrete apron around the building.

Thanks so much to the friends of Paleriders – Cambodia who generously contributed to the project.

 

Samroeng Pagoda School
Samroeng Pagoda School

 

Samroeng Pagoda School
Samroeng Pagoda School

 

Samroeng Pagoda School
Samroeng Pagoda School

 

Samroeng Pagoda School
Some of the donors

 

Writing names of donors on the wall
Writing names of donors on the wall

 

Samroeng Pagoda School
Desks arrive

 

Putting the desks together
Putting the desks together

 

Samroeng Pagoda School
Writing the donor’s names on the desks

 

Desks provided by friends of Paleriders - Cambodia
Desks provided by friends of Paleriders – Cambodia

 

Donated by Amount Purchased Date
Colin & Adam Turnbull $500.00 10000 bricks 08/01/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia $188.00 2 tonnes cement 08/01/2013
Mark Cesnik $100.00 1 tonne cement 15/02/2013
Jo Pearce $50.00 .5 tonne cement 15/02/2013
Robert Longley $500.00 roof 25/02/2013
Cliff & Marj Herod $150.00 desks 28/02/2013
John and Lola Holcombe $70.00 desks 28/02/2013
Dean Pages & Jum $100.00 desks 05/03/2013
Graeme & Delvene Read $70.00 desks 11/03/2013
Kiri Blanch $35.00 desk 11/03/2013
Gavin & Karen Foot $105.00 desks 12/03/2013
Edna & Tony $105.00 desks 16/03/2013
Paleriders – Cambodia $200.00 desks 10/03/2013
Cory Anderson $100.00 1 tonne cement 22/03/2013
Peter and Kirschty Birt $100.00 1 tonne cement 12/03/2013
Lydia Birt $35.00 cement/sand 14/03/2013
Marcus Borg $35.00 cement/sand 14/03/2013
Bobbie Jo Busiko $65.00 desks 16/03/2013
Heather Harmer $35.00 cement/sand 27/03/2013
Colin Turnbull $100.00 1 tonne cement 14/04/2013
Mark Cesnik $50.00 cement/sand 12/04/2013
TOTAL $2,693.00

 

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School at Samroeng Village Pagoda

For some time Paleriders – Cambodia has been supporting our local village pagoda with their building fund. The pagoda is a work in progress, as money comes in a bit more work gets completed. Recently though, work started on a schoolroom and we decided to get involved in the project.

Originally there was a big, old wooden dormitory building for the monks but it had become termite infested so it was demolished. The timber was sorted through, anything still good was put aside and is being used to build a smaller dormitory. Work has also commenced on a brick and concrete schoolroom. A generous donor from Australia has contributed $500 which paid for 10000 clay bricks, and Paleriders – Cambodia donated two tonnes of cement.

The school will be used to teach small kids, novice monks and also for English lessons for High School kids.

Some of the 10000 bricks

 

Two tonnes of cement

 

Building new school

 

Building new school

 

Building new school
Building new school

 

Remains of old dorm building
Remains of old dorm building

 

New dorm building
New dorm building

 

On my recent trip back to Baray I found that good progress has been made at the school since I last saw it in January. Some people I work with in Laos had given me money to buy another 1.5 tonnes of cement for the project. Next thing needed are desks, about 20 of them. I’ll go to Kampong Cham next time I’m there and buy them.

 

$150 for 1.5 tonnes of cement.

 

1.5 tonnes of cement

 

School building

 

 

 

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Latest update on Paleriders School

On my last trip to Baray, in January, I was able to have a toilet built at the school at Chuuk Ksach Pagoda. Two generous donors, one in Laos and one in Australia, had given me $400 to put towards the project. On my next trip home I’ll get a well put in, and buy some swings for the kids. The same donor in Laos and another one in Australia have put in more money for that.

Most of us take toilets for granted, but the truth is that most of the kids who go to this school don’t have a toilet to use at home. Unreal as it may seem, there more likelihood of a rural Cambodian having a mobile phone than a toilet. To the kids this humble little outhouse means a great deal. I’m looking forward to getting the swings for them.

Building materials
Building toilet block
Building toilet block
Toilet block
Paleriders School
Paleriders School
Receipt for materials

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Paleriders School is now open!

Finally the Paleriders School is finished. We had a small opening ceremony on December 5, attended by children, parents and village elders. Monks came and blessed the school, then everyone shared a meal of Khmer noodles and fish.  Next part of this project is to construct a toilet block, we will start on that in January.

Thanks to all the generous supporters who made this school possible.

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Preparations for the Paleriders School opening day
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Kids learning traditional songs
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Monks blessing the school
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Sreyda at the blessing ceremony
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Sharing a meal at the school opening day
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Sharing a meal at the school opening day
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Putting up the plaque with names of donors
Mr Eap with Khut Tom, the village chief.

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Paleriders School Update

It has been quite a mission getting a small school built in a village close to where I live in Cambodia. I was approached by the people who built my house back in June 2011, and asked if I could help them get money to build a school. I went and had a look at the site they had in mind, which was in the grounds of their village pagoda. Then we went to the nearest government school, probably not more than 1 kilometre away but in the wet season the road becomes submerged by up to a metre of water so the kids stay at home. This was not an unreasonable request I thought, and I said I’d put in some money and ask around my friends in Australia if they’d like to help. I made the point that they would need to do the all the work, as volunteers and they readily agreed.. Their initial request was for $2000 and I had that amount by August 2011 so they made a start. It soon proved not to be enough however, so I approached a very generous businessman in Perth, Western Australia who had already contributed and asked if he’d help out with some more money. He was only too happy to help, so work began again. However, requests for more money became more frequent and I wasn’t seeing the results I expected for the outlay. When I last went back to my village in September 2012 things were at a standstill and I’d had enough. The floor still hadn’t been done, the internal rendering wasn’t finished, windows were missing and it hadn’t been painted. I purchased enough sand and cement to finish the floor and asked my brothers-in-law to come and work for me. Two of them brought their girlfriends as well. We spent 4 days cementing, rendering, painting and fitting windows and finished it off. I went to Kampong Cham, about 80 km away, and bought 12 timber desks (each for 2 children), a teachers table and chair, and a whiteboard. So for a total outlay of $4700 this little school has been built and furnished. Even though I know some of the money has been “diverted” by the man I trusted to manage the project in my absence, it is still a good result. I hear that they’ve found a teacher, and the school is up and running. I can’t wait to go back and see for myself, and I’ll put in some money for a little celebration.

Paleriders School
One of the kids who will go to this school
Paleriders – Cambodia supports education opportunities for kids

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Past volunteer projects

This project we did back in February 2010 was very enjoyable, satisfying and was greatly appreciated by the recipients. Helping Hand Orphanage in Kampong Cham had a piece of land across a deep gully which runs into the Mekong River. To access the land they’d built a bamboo bridge, but it wasn’t accessible in the wet season and the bridge was holding back the floodwater and causing creekbank erosion. With some funds provided by BP Australia we employed a few local labourers and built this 50 metre suspension bridge in 4 days. In last year’s huge wet season it went completely under water but survived unscathed.

 

 

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Shit happens business happens

Not my words, the catch phrase for IDE Cambodia’s ingenious system for providing cheap sanitation to rural Cambodians whilst providing sustainable business opportunities for locals. We Westerners take for granted clean water for drinking and bathing, and easy access to toilets but we are a privileged minority globally. When I first went to my wife’s home to met her family I was shocked by the lack of these facilities. I’ve since made them available but most of our neighbours are still without toilets. This is the type of volunteer work I’d like to get involved in with Paleriders. The work can be carried out in a short amount of time, it requires local involvement, there is only a small capital outlay and it can be done in any part of the country we want to travel to.

Read the full details on the IDE website.

 

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