The following is an article written by a recent PIO volunteer, Cherie Julie
Bananas are an easy and effective way to contribute to the health of the children when visiting PIO. Many children in Cambodia do not have access to vital nutrition due to poverty and are malnourished. Bananas are a valuabe source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and are easily digested and the kids just love to eat them.
“Buying bananas for all the children at the Borei Santhiheap II School was rewarding, just to see how happy it made them and its something that I look forward to doing each time I visit PIO.”
“Visiting the markets with PIO staff Somaly was a great experience and buying the bananas helps the local people and benefits the children”
The Borei Santhiheap II School caters to children who reside with family in riverside slum area near the city of Phnom Penh. PIO opened an education centre including 4 classes and a library. It has recently moved into new classrooms that allows the children to learn in a more comfortable environment. Funding is still needed for the centre and PIO would appreciate any expressions of interest with assisting them. The school has 30 children who are HIV AIDS positive and around 150 students total. There are currently Khmer teachers and a driver for the children. So far no volunteers have visited this area to teach at the education centre. PIO would like to welcome any interested teachers to spend time at Borei Santhiheap II School.
“The children at this centre are very friendly and enjoy school very much, without PIO at Borei Santhiheap II School these children living in poverty would have the opportunity to learn and I plan to make every effort to visit and volunteer more time at this center”