Grace House Community Centre Cambodia

Welcome to Grace House Community Centre

Grace House Community Centre (GHCC) has enjoyed a fruitful year with many successes. As always, each year also brings a fair share of challenges. Student numbers across both the Basic Education and Children with Disabilities programs have remained consistent, highlighting the positive impact and ongoing need for these programs. New initiatives include a crèche for staff children, the employment of a new Volunteer Coordinator and the further development of the Old Persons Association.
 

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Since the inception of GHCC in 2008, the economic and social situation in Cambodia has improved, but there are still many people living in poverty whose basic needs are not fulfilled. Whilst the need remains, GHCC will continue to work alongside children, families and communities to support and empower them to reach their full potential. In doing this, GHCC relies on the support, commitment, generosity and compassion of an array of foundations, sponsors and individuals who combine to create an international GHCC community. From the large grant sponsors, such as Tesco F&F Funding Futures, to the young boy who grew and sold a few plants at a local market stall, and everyone in between, GHCC extends its appreciation and gratitude to each of you.
Cambodia's leading children's centre for learning English and teaching children with disabilites

Grace House Community Centre Programs

Basic Education

GHCC was initially established as an English Education program in 2008 to support children from the three surrounding villages of Kor Krahn, Spean Cheav and Treak. During the past few years, the state school system has improved and is making higher demands of students. However, it remains overloaded and under-resourced and students can still only attend half day tuition six days per week
 
Education programs offered by NGOs are essential in providing students with a holistic and adequate education to prepare them for further education, meaningful employment and young adulthood. The school year in Cambodia runs from November to October. In 2017, between January and October, 307 students attended GHCC’s Basic Education program, of which 206 were full time with an average daily attendance of 79.5%. The Head Teacher and Grace House Community Centre social workers collaborate to monitor students’ attendance and identify needs that can be supported to enable the children to remain in both state school and GHCC education.

Who attends our Education Programs

At the beginning of the new school year in November 2017, GHCC had 187 full-time students enrolled and 67 part-time students, with applications for more being received and followed up by the social workers. By the end of December, the number had increased to 200 full time and 79 part-time students. The relative consistency in numbers of students attending GHCC attests to the need and continuing importance of this education program. Gender representation remains fairly balanced, with 52% male and 48% female.

Further Education

GHCC offers full and partial scholarships to students for further education after year 12. In 2017, there were 10 GHCC students who completed year 12 of whom seven passed. Through previously under-spent funds, GHCC has offered 50% scholarships to these first-year students, to cover the cost of fees for the duration of their studies, results dependent.
There is never enough income to support the good that we could do in addition to what we achieve at Grace House Community Centre. New funding streams will need to be sought for Further Education scholarships for 2018 and beyond. Please use the contact form below for ways in which YOU can help our amazing Children’s Charity.

Grace House Community Centre Scholarships

Eight students who were recipients of GHCC scholarships graduated from university after completing Bachelor degrees in various fields: English Literature, Banking and Finance, Accounting,  Marketing, Law, Hospitality and Tourism. We are very proud of our own teachers: Sreypech completing her Law degree and Punleu completing her English Literature degree.

Children with Disabilities Day Program

The Grace House Community Centre Disability Day program continues to play a vital role in the community and remains the only educational program in Siem Reap province for children with disabilities. Students engage in a structured curriculum day program, including basic education, physiotherapy, speech therapy, art, sport, cooking, life skills and excursions. Through a host of donations, this year saw the completion of the refurbishment of two more classrooms purposely designed for children with disabilities, to allow the separation of students into three groups based on ability and developmental needs.
The classes are called Parrot, Goat and Horse, keeping in sync with all GHCC classes being named after animals. Horse class is the designated teenage class for students aged over 12 years old and cooking and independent living skills are an integral part of their curriculum.
Horse and Goat classes continue to visit the local café every week for social interaction. They are joined by Parrot class for monthly outings to the local swimming pool and visits to the pagoda for significant cultural celebrations, such as Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben. It is vitally important that our children learn about and are included in such auspicious occasions.
There were 21 students enrolled in the program in 2017/2018.

How can you help our Cambodian Children’s Charity

The quickest way to make an impact with our Cambodian Children’s Charity is to make a donation through our MyDonate link and  discover how easily you can support our important mission.

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Do you want to know how to contribute to our platform to help a Cambodia Charity flourish? We firmly believe in asking for nothing for nothing in return. We are not asking you to send us money (although it would be appreciated). What we want from you is to enjoy the information in our website and find the content useful. AND then visit our advertisers; with absolutely no obligation to purchase anything.

Our commitment to you

We want to ensure that YOU gain something by visiting our platform and using the information we have gained over many years working and travelling overseas.

If there is something we missed ask us some questions and we will do our best to satisfy your need for knowledge and information about volunteering abroad. With our particular emphasis on Cambodian charities we are second to none in sourcing information about the Kingdom. You can take a shortcut to the website content by visiting our frequently asked questions page.

Our most important sections are probably our planning a volunteer project abroad or how to choose a charity. If you need to know more about us we are quite prepared to speak to you directly.

What will a contribution cost you?

To "donate" to us will cost you absolutely zero. WE do not charge fees or commissions of any description to those who want to volunteer abroad or to the charities that appear on the voluntouring website. We fund our missions by allowing advertising (where appropriate) that we believe will be useful to ANYONE planning a trip overseas - for any reason. The prices to anyone using our links are exactly the same as the prices you would pay these brands directly or through 3rd parties. However; when you use our website we will receive a commission which goes to maintaining the voluntouring website or directly to our fish farming charity in Battambang.

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It matters not a jot if you are travelling for a holiday, visiting Angkor Wat, business or to take part in a charitable project abroad. If it involves travel and accommodation, our charities can benefit from your choice to use our website to complete your travel plans and bookings. Every booking will contribute to a Cambodian charity. Just as an example; a 2 week stay in a hotel could buy 800+ fish fry for our fish farm project - that is 800 family meals. A holiday for a group of 4 would pay for an administrator in Siem Reap or Battambang for 1 month. You book a holiday and we employ someone!

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Booking a flight to Cambodia or any global destination with Qatar Airways will guarantee you a 5 star service. Qatar Airways always deliver on service second to none. With one of the worlds most modern fleets it offers unrivaled reliability. If you can afford to push the boat out - book a business class ticket. Be amazed.


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Our information about flights holds good for most destinations. Almost all flights are operated through a GDS system of one description or another. We suggest Skyscanner; however, as we bring on more advertisers we will give you more options. Our advice is always to book your flight first; there are more hotel rooms available than there are flights.


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Accommodation | Online Travel Agents

As someone who worked in the hospitality industry, I believe that you might as well opt for one of the top 3 online travel agents (OTA). Visit our information page on the secrets of how to book a great hotel room. Our information is particularly relevant if you are booking accommodation in Siem Reap. However much of the advice stands good for any location. Unlike the accommodation aggregators you see on the TV, the big 3 OTA's have some influence on the hotels they advertise.

Booking.com

Their tried and trusted model is to book your accommodation today and pay on arrival (or departure). Which is great if you want to guarantee a great room, but do not want to fork out a lump of cash today. They have a sophisticated yet easy to use filter tool to help you get the exact hotel you want. Book TODAY



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Agoda

Their booking model is pay now, which is great if you want to get the expense out of the way and focus on spending money. They have a no nonsense refund guarantee. If you have a problem with a hotel they are quite aggressive in obtaining a refund for you (I know from experience as a hotel manager). They do this by simply paying (or not paying) the hotel once you have checked out at the end of your stay. If you complain during your stay they do not pay the hotel. The hotel is not prepaid - it is kept in escrow. Far safer than paying a hotel in advance. We siggest that you never pay a hotel a deposit unless you know them very well.

 

Expedia

Their booking process focuses on the whole shebang; flight, hotel and car hire. Another great way of paying for the biggest expense and focusing on spending money. As with Agoda any payment made to them is held in escrow until you check out. We will donate the commission received to our charitable work in Cambodia

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We believe that travel insurance is essential. by the by even if you do not use our recommendation; invest in travel insurance. All to often you will hear horror stories of travellers who though it was not really required. Our choice of travel insurance is World Nomad as we believe they understand the independent traveler and those who are on volunteering missions.

 

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Using airport lounges are a great way to start or end a journey. Get yourself and your group away from the hustle bustle of the main airport concourse. Less queues means less hassle. Whilst you are enjoying complimentary drinks and snacks you are actually making a donation to our mission and charity. How cool is it to donate to charity by relaxing. A win/win situation for everyone!

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How cool would it be to be met at the airport and be whisked through immigration? Or relax and enjoy First Class service instead of the manic conditions in some airports? YOU DESERVE IT. It is a lot cheaper than you might think.


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Really simple and super easy. Copy the URL and send it to your friends, family and colleagues; maybe one of them needs a holiday or wants to volunteer abroad. Visit the Voluntouring Abroad Facebook page and follow us. Now your contacts can donate to our missions by enjoying a much needed holiday abroad or at home. Go on a vacation or enjoy a staycation!

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