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November 2015

Elton Lee School

Chong Sokun sends us photos of live painting at his school, located in the village of Phnom Sampov, Battambang. Thanks to Banyan Learning Tree Schools (www.banyanlearingtree.org)which is supported by AMFW) for funding this painting project!

Elton Lee School

Chong Sokun invites all to come! Live painting at my school, who wanna see? Come on until 5 pm today - and then updates with the live painting being completed with help from all of his students. View Images of our Free English School in Phnom Sampov, Cambodia.

BLT Svay Rieng School Update:

Our students just have finished their examination for October 2015. We are very happy to see them study hard. Many thanks to Mike Kinsey, MaryAnne Cameron-Kinsey, Lisa McCoy and their wonderful team and all the donors who supported this project for the children here.

You ARE helping change many lives and for the children to get a good education!

Thank you... Sophea

September 2015

4th Annual Cambodia Fundraiser

We raised $5,233.00.
We are really pleased.

Linda Harrison never stopped for a moment and was unflappable as always. She is amazing and is such an excellent volunteer.

Carolyn and Karen were also wonderful. The silent auction went well. Thank you too to all those who donated to our Silent Auction.

Approximately 100 people attended which was an excellent turnout.
All proceeds go to our four schools in Cambodia and for our new mobile health clinic!

A Mine Free World Assistance Programs is saddened to announce the passing of Carl McCoy, husband of Executive Director, Lisa McCoy, on Sept. 3rd, 2015. As many people know Carl was a great humanitarian. He was so very proud and supportive of Lisa's work in Cambodia.

Carl was always so proud to talk about the work his wife was carrying out. It was clear how supportive he was of her. It was as if he was there with her in Camodia - and in spirit, he was. Carl was so very happy that he could make it possible or her to do the work which he would have also liked to do but could not. His gift to the world, to those so very less fortunate, was to enable his beloved wife to do the work on behalf of both of them.

As a result of Carl's support and caring, hundreds of people have been given the opportunity to have a better life. His legacy will live on - as will his love.

Thank you, Carl, for making this world a better place and thank you for the privilege of having known you.

Much love,
The Team at A Mine Free World

In memory donations may be made to:
Rotary Club of Gravenhurst
(Rotary Wheels For Learning)
Box 888, Gravenhurst, ON P1P
or to A Mine Free World Assistance Programs.

June 2015

It's Official!

Elton Lee School Our new school in the village of Phnom Sampov, Battambang funded by HTS Engineering from Toronto has a name! The name chosen by HTS Engineering is:

Elton Lee School

Teacher Sokun at the school has sent more photos showing some of the children at the school enjoying some games over the holidays.

Thanks again to HTS ENGINEERING in Toronto, Canada for giving the children this school, which also gives them a place where they can play together. View Images.

May 2015

HTS School is GROWING and as a result there is a need for...

· 3 more wooden school desks, which sit 3 students at each (US$50 each)

· more pens, pencils, notebooks (approx.US$70)

· a ball for playing outside before class

If you would like to donate and/or be a sponsor for these MUCH NEEDED school supplies, please contact
Lisa, aminefreeworld@gmail.com
to see how you can help.

To all our Cambodia supporters!

Thank you so much to all of you who supported our fundraiser on Friday May 1st. There were many who were unable to attend but generously donated to our cause anyway. We are so very grateful to all of you.

Thank you also to Enid Roitman who is always there to help. Her organizational skills are legendary and there is no project too daunting for her.

Thank you also to John Rayner who gave us all a fabulous presentation on hand evaluation, bidding and defence. He is outstanding.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, who donated such amazing things for our silent auction. Please see the list of their names on our websites and please support them. They really deserve all of our support.

One more thank you: A huge thank you to Habonim Synagogue for donating the space for our fundraiser. Habonim does such good work in the community and we are so grateful to them.

We raised over $31,000.00! That is an amazing number and we are over the moon about it! In our very first year, we raised $8,800.00. Last year: $22,000.00 and the figure this year is staggering! We do need it as we have many adventures ahead of us in Cambodia and we feel very ready for the task!

Please tell them that you saw their contribution here! (Click to View)

We cannot thank you enough, all of you. Those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did.

Yours sincerely,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee

April 2015

GT Air Home Comfort

Cambodian Landmine Survivor WAS
in Need of a Well

Thanks to G.T Air Systems Inc. from Kingston Ontarion, Lunn Kim Souen WILL receive a well (his biggest wish!) so that he can grow vegetables and sell them locally to help support his family. GT Air Home Comfort

Up until now, his only water supply has been a small cistern with no pond anywhere near his home. He has a wife and child and sometimes cares for his aged mother-in-law. His family lives in rural Svay Rieng province, Cambodia. When temporary work as a security guard, dishwasher, or anything, is available in Phnom Penh (120km away), he leaves his family and lives in Phnom Penh until the temporary position is finished.

Thanks to the generous donation from G.T. Air Systems, he will be able to have his well and some tools and seeds to help him kick-start his new business.

Thank you to Neil Glenn! And thank you to Di Bruce for helping coordinate the donation. You have just changed not only his world, but also that of his family and future generations of his family. We will look forward to Sophea Keo's reports as he implements this project for Souen! Project conducted by www.aminefreeworld.org

BLT Svay Rieng School Update:

School has begun at the Rotary-Kempenfelt School here in Daunleb village in rural Svay Rieng province, Cambodia. Teacher Sophea Keo has 4 one-hour classes. There are 3 beginner classes and one class for advanced students. Just open for three weeks now, and the 180 students there have learned all the Listen to the children sing the alphabetalphabet, two songs and are practicing their first sentences in English.

Teacher Sophea Keo is doing a great job teaching English. This is the only free English school in the area. A team of 33 Rotarians and Friends from Ontario, Canada, under Mike Kinsey and MaryAnne Cameron-Kinsey, built this School this past January.

Many thanks to Mike Kinsey and MaryAnne Cameron-Kinsey and their wonderful team and all the donors who supported this project for the children here.

Rotary-Kempenfelt School, Daunleb village in rural Svay Rieng School Dedication

HTS Engineering School Update:

Families in Cambodia have just finished their three-day Khmer New Year holiday.

Teacher Sokun at the new school in the village of Phnom Sampov, Battambang, has sent us a fun photo with some of the children at the school enjoying some games over the holidays.

Thanks again to HTS ENGINEERING in Toronto, Canada for giving the children this school, which also gives them a place where they can play together.

In the photos below, you can see the 6-7pm class and it looks like it is pretty well running out of room!
Looks like they will be needing MORE chairs soon!

Etobicoke Rotary Supports Toilets for Cambodian Landmine-Affected Families

  • Va Kong and family
  • Soeng Savath and family
  • Hem Samon and family
  • Ccheth Thary and 17 family members
  • Lunn Kim Souen

March 2015

This NEW SCHOOL in the village of Phnom Sampov, Battambang, Cambodia, built and funded by HTS ENGINEERING in Toronto, Canada, is now up and running with three free English classes per day, with over 60 students attending so far! The school is also now wired with lights to accommodate the later classes.

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm - Beginner Level - 25 students
  • 5pm - 6pm - Beginner Level - 30 students
  • 6pm - 7pm - Level One - New Headway Beginner - 8 students

26 year-old Chong Sokun is our enthusiastic teacher there. He studies at Build Bright University and volunteers at the local Vipissana Meditation Centre.

He'll make a big difference in these children's futures.

This A Mine Free World project is coordinated by our team member Srey Own, who also organizes some of our Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycle Distributions in this province.

This past February, our Rotary bicycle distribution team from Canada distributed bicycles to children here so they could attend this school.

This very new school is located in the village of Phnom Sampov, Battambang, Cambodia and provides free English classes to area children and conducts outreach programs for landmine-affected families.

Volunteers are welcomed. Here is a video of the small lunch-hour class. Contact for more info.

MANY THANKS from all of us at A Mine Free World to HTS Engineering for the opportunity and promise for the future you have provided these village children.

White Dove Weaving Centre

White Dove Weaving CentrePauline and Lisa visited Dove Weaving Centre with Barbara Seagram and Leslie Cadeau from Toronto. Our weavers are creating beautiful fine scarves in pure cotton.

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The Centre teaches rural Cambodian women the art of hand loom weaving and provides them with a self-sustainable income. Centre built by Round Square.

February 2015

This morning (Tues. Feb. 24) was the first morning of student registration at the Barrie-Kempenfelt-built Rotary School in rural Svay Rieng province, Cambodia.

Kempenfelt Rotary Club

Two months ago a team of Rotarians & Friends from District 7010, Canada came and built this school. At the end of January 2015, our Rotary Wheels for Learning team distributed 211 bicycles funded by Barrie-Kempenfelt Rotary at this school.

Bike distribution at new HTS Engineering SchoolOn February 1, at the Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycle Distribution Team of 22 Rotarians and Friends from Southern Ontario arrived at the HTS Engineering School and distributed 50 bicycles to students that will attend this school! The team also brought along suitcases of donated school supplies that helped to get the school of to a good start. Children were also given a dental hygiene education lesson and received a toothbrush and tooth paste.

A teacher has been employed and classes have begun at this school! A Mine Free World Team members will be back at the school mid-March and we look forward to seeing new photos, information and videos of the classes in session there! Thanking you again HTS Engineering for the difference you have made towards free English lessons for the children in Phnom Sampov, Battambang province, Cambodia.

January 2015

Kempenfelt Rotary Club

The Barrie-Kempenfelt Rotary Club is funding ANOTHER Banyan Learning Tree School in Cambodia

This new school will be built in Daunleb Village, Kouk Pring Commune, Svay Chrum District, Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia!Barrie Rotaract Club

The Barrie Rotaract Club (an international program for adults 18-30 who want to make a difference), has funded the landfill and as soon as the rainy season has finished, the remainder of the landfill will go in.

The Barrie-Kempenfelt Rotary Club is raising funds for the latrine, well, pump, school building, perimeter fencing, school supplies and furnishings and operating costs for the first eight years!

New School Location Mike and Mary Anne Kinsey from the Club are bringing over a team of 25 Ontario, Canada Rotarians and Friends to build the school and fencing - January 9-30, 2015.

The Grand Opening Ceremony for the school will be held on January 28th where the School Building Team will be joined by the Ontario Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycle Distribution Team of 25 to give out 100 bicycles or more, Sophea Keo - New Teacherat this new Banyan Learning Tree School. What a Grand Day it will be with over 50 Ontario Rotarians and Friends at hand for the opening of this rural school.

Our AMFW/BLT local volunteer team member, Sophea Keo will be the teacher at this new school.

Thanks to sponsorship from Mike and Mary Anne Kinsey, Barbara Seagram and Carol Cartier for providing him with his continuing English courses at ACE in Phnom Penh.

November 2014: Latrine and Well COMPLETED!

Latrine and Well COMPLETED

View our visit to the Kempenfelt Rotary School Building site in remote Svay Rieng province, Cambodia.

Sophea and Lisa visit the site in Daunleb village, Svay Rieng province, Cambodia, where a team of 28 Rotarians and Friends from District 7010 will arrive to build a school!

Landfill is in place thanks to the Barrie Rotaract Club. The Kempenfelt Rotary Club has funded the 45metre deep well and the lavish two-stall latrine that were just finished a week ago, and now the main posts of the perimeter fencing are being constructed.

To help support a phase of this project, contact Mike Kinsey at mikek@bellnet.ca.

New BLT School
This new school will provide free English education to area children and provide projects and programs to landmine-affected families under the Banyan Learning Tree organization in Cambodia.

New BLT SchoolThis area has no electricity and no free English schools. Rotary will 'Light Up' this area with many opportunities for children and families.

Lots happening today (Friday, December 12th) at the Rotary Kempenfelt school building site.

Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20141227

Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20140104

Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20140107

In 3 hours, the first 6 of a team of 28 arrive here in Cambodia to begin building a school in a small village in Svay Rieng province. Construction begins Sunday. Mike Kinsey and MaryAnne Cameron-Kinsey and most of their team of Rotarians and Friends arrive here tomorrow. Many thanks to Noun Amey and Sophea Keo for organizing the local labour.

20150113: UPDATE

It's been a very exciting time here in rural Svay Rieng, Cambodia as our team of 28 Rotarians & Friends from District 7010 begin construction of a Free Education School. This service project has seen local families, friends and even our team's van drivers getting involved with all the cement mixing and strenuous work in the heat. Many Thanks to our special team members Sophea Keo and Sokhal Seng who take charge of our team and the project.
Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20150113

Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20150113Yesterday was day two at the school build site in a village in Svay Reang Province. What a great day of team work and friendship. Even the locals came out to see what progress we were making. We mixed cement and concrete, by hand, filled buckets, created trains and passed it along as a team to finally hand it off to the local builders to pour into the foundation (View Video). We are lucky to have such great translators and ( a soon to be teacher) with us to help us along the way!!

The team have been on the school construction site here in Rural Svay Rieng province for only 2 1/2 days and we have the foundation in and 6 of the 12 columns are up. We finish the columns and start bricklaying tomorrow. We are getting amazing help from the local people and our drivers. Many thanks to Noun Amey and his construction team and to Sophea Keo and Sokhal Seng.

UPDATE: On Site at the Build: Days 2 / 3 / 4 and 5 - January 12-15.

What a great team we have here to keep eyes on each other and get through the hot days full of hard work. Rotary Kempenfelt School Building Progress - 20150123


Rotary Kempenfelt School COMPLETED

January 28th - by Mike Kinsey

Hundreds of people lined the very narrow streets in this remote village. Best estimation is that 700 people were on site for the grand opening of The Rotary School of Cambodia. It had a festival type of thing going with street venders selling drinks and candy. When I arrived first thing this morning the gates were installed and tent was erected.

I was so nervous just thinking about everything that was about to happen. A new beginning for the two villages and 211 kids would receive a bicycle so they could get to school. At the dedication ceremony I placed a steel plaque with my mother's initials and dedicated the school to her memory and commitment to education. Your mother is your first great teacher. At this time I want thank every single person who bought a bike or donated money for the build. I have a very special soft spot for the extremely special build team who came with me to hand build this school. Bless you all. Read Mikes Journal of the School Building Highlights.

Canadian Kindness
Felt in Faraway Cambodia
Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway Cambodia

Most people in the bridge world know Barbara Seagram as one of the top teachers, a prolific author and an intrepid tour guide. What's not so well known is how far she will go to help her fellow mankind.

Today, they and their supporters sustain the operations of four schools in Phnom Penh area, paying for electricity, supplies (including computers) and the salaries of teachers and librarians. Continued...

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