Anjali House is a local NGO that provides basic care, education and family support to 120 children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Anjali runs six English classes every day and students are divided according to their level of competency. The English program is designed to equip our students with the skills to communicate and to obtain jobs where a foreign language is a requirement. This is led by our Khmer staff and supported by volunteers to assist with grammar and pronunciation.
We believe it is essential to have Khmer teachers running our English program assisted by English speaking volunteers. This gives the children positive adult role models in their daily lives.
Many of the health problems affecting Cambodian children are associated with poor diet and unclean drinking water. Every day we ensure the children receive two nutritious meals, consisting of vegetables, meat and rice. We also provide unlimited filtered water for the children to drink.
Due to the lack of clean water and the constraints of poverty, prior to the establishment of Anjali House many of our children had never used soap nor brushed their teeth. Now every day the children bathe in clean running water with soap and shampoo, brush their teeth and clean their clothes. We supplement these resources with on-going education about the importance of personal hygiene in preventing illness.
Anjali staff members receive basic health training at Angkor Hospital for Children through their education program. Anjali also utilizes the ‘home-care service’ of Angkor Hospital for Children, which provides twice-yearly health checks for all the children on site and maintains their medical history and provides all emergency and longer-term care.
We also assist in family medical care, providing assistance in sourcing the correct and most cost effective or subsidized healthcare available. With emergency grants and loans for parents who have no savings or collateral, we have supported everything from care for broken limbs and motor injuries to cancer treatment and funeral expenses.
Depending on your skill set, you can assist our Khmer teachers in running their classrooms. In an effort to provide positive Khmer role models for our students and in order to ensure our sustainability as a development organization, all of our teachers are Cambodian.
Volunteers are responsible for the daily creative workshops at Anjali. There are five workshops with different groups of children every day. Workshops can be 50 minute long activities; can be run over a few days or an entire week. It is important that the kids not only have fun in these workshops, but are also provided with an opportunity to learn in a fun environment. These creative workshops focus on learning through art and crafts.
These sessions are extremely varied, providing students with the opportunity to explore photography, creative writing, drama, music and play. For example: arts and crafts, game, activities and reading. Other responsibilities include:
Assisting a Khmer teacher in English classes
Assisting a Khmer teacher in the general studies/science classes
Supervising the kids, monitoring their safety and administering basic first aid when required.
In addition to classroom volunteers, we also need volunteers to assist with projects on site at Anjali House. We are currently hosting a large gardening project with the aim of developing a sustainable food source for our food programme. Volunteers can help with the maintenance project tasks at Anjali.
Anjali House provides lunch every working day for all students, all staff and volunteers.
$250 donation to the ongoing programmes.