Supporting the community

We see the importance of supporting the community as a vital role in empowering people to help themselves, ensuring local sustainability and investment.

Many disadvantaged Cambodian families, including elderly citizens who live in rural villages, benefit greatly from support programs to overcome the feelings of isolation and loss of self worth. Singing Kites offers programs of support, guidance and small business opportunities to help develop self-reliance and self-empowerment. From the building of our History Room where we are documenting the oral history of our older generations, to holding regular senior’s lunches, holding community meetings, improving local water supplies, initiating clean water projects, helping local villagers start businesses, building sustainable projects to give employment – we are involved in a broad range of projects greatly benefiting the greater community.

Micro-businesses

Micro-businesses are a seedbed of creative ideas, inventions and employment, which gives vulnerable people access to resources, enabling them to take control of their lives and make changes necessary to break free from poverty.

Agricultural initiatives

Initiatives to improve agricultural practices, and to establish new projects relevant to the farming Community.

Senior’s support

Grandparents are the heart beat of our village communities with their wisdom, knowledge and the contributions they can make to prosper future generations of Cambodian children. As survivors of a horrific and dark past, we believe they deserve the very best support we can offer them so that they feel they are never forgotten.

Improved health initiatives

In Cambodia a health problem can spell disaster for a poor family. Already struggling to feed the family, a trip to the doctor, the need for medicines, or a time spent in hospital, can mean a lifetime of debt for the family.

We aim to improve the health and well being of our children and their families by offering health education; identifying health problems and working in with already established and respected dental and medical clinics.

Dental clinic

With a passion to improve the lives of Cambodian children through better oral health and dental treatment, Singing Kites has partnered with Oral Experts Group (Toowoomba) and Cambodia World Family (Phnom Penh) to establish ‘Smile Dental Clinic’, a free Dental Clinic at our school (TCEC).

Community development projects

We are involved in a broad range of projects greatly benefiting the community. Many disadvantaged Cambodian families, including elderly citizens who live in rural villages, benefit greatly from support programs to overcome the feelings of isolation and loss of self worth. Singing Kites offers programs of support, guidance and small business opportunities to help develop self-reliance and self-empowerment. We are involved in a broad range of projects greatly benefiting the community. From the building of our History room where we are documenting the oral history of our older generations, to holding regular senior’s lunches, holding community meetings, improving local water supplies, initiating clean water projects, helping local villagers start businesses, building sustainable projects to give employment etc.

Dental health education program

Dental Health education programs are so important as severe dental caries affect the quality of life of children, given that they may experience discomfort, pain, acute and chronic infections, eating and sleeping disruption as well as higher risk of hospitalisation with high treatment costs. Poor oral health poses detrimental effects on school performance and affects their future lives. Singing Kites recommends essential oral health services/care/education such as oral examination, supervising tooth brushing drills, topical fluoride therapy, pits and fissure sealant application, oral prophylaxis, and permanent fillings to be provided to children by us at our dental clinic.

Traditional music program

More than 30 years after the Khmer Rouge regime decimated Cambodian arts, a new generation of interest is helping to ensure that traditional music is carried on and kept alive for the coming generations of Khmer people. The power of music is undeniable and the importance of these concepts such as heritage, tradition and national pride an important part of the Khmer psyche.

Our traditional music program taken by local music master Ny Nuon, is open to people of all ages, and it is wonderful to see older and younger members of the village community coming each day to attend classes and learn to play the instruments they have never had the opportunity to play before. A new generation of musicians has been taught to play at TCEC , on the instruments that had almost been lost to the past.

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