We are paying for our own travel expenses and accommodation but want to raise funds for canvases and art supplies so that we can teach the children new art techniques whilst we are there and help them to gain new creative skills.
I am an Australian artist and workshop facilitator that is lucky enough to travel the world teaching painting classes and I am so excited to be able to give back in this way. Please visit my website for more info on the donation rewards I am offering.
We will be working with the wonderful Ana Margarida Alberty who has founded both the Ana Banana Tuk Tuk school and the Butterfly Educational Center in Siem Reap since 2014.
Here's a little from Ana;
My name is Ana Margarida Alberty and I've been a passionate teacher all my life, having founded my own language school in Estoril, Portugal.
In 2012 one of my ultimate dreams finally came true when I decided to take a month off and volunteer in Asia. I came across an organization called Real Gap Experience and right away I fell in love with Cambodia. I spent an amazing 4 weeks in Siem Reap, going to a local Orphanage every day, to teach English and Crafts to 30 lovely children, whom I fell in love with! Bridges Cambodia International (BCI-ORPHANAGE) became my second family far away from home...
Since then I've been travelling to Cambodia twice a year and staying longer every time I go. As I am on my own, I always stay at a small Hotel in Siem Reap, (a 5 minute drive from downtown), called Angkor Spirit Palace Hotel. The staff are very friendly there and I always get Room 205. It's my home in Cambodia! I spend my days travelling around with my TUK TUK ENGLISH SCHOOL, as I think it's the best way to reach many families in the countryside and visit the orphanages. I realized that the children in the rice fields and in the floating villages are really very, very poor, so underprivileged! They live in very hard conditions, with no clothes, no beds, no adequate food and no access to learning. But they are all beautiful, always eager and happy to learn. With my TUK TUK SCHOOL on wheels I enable learning to come to them as well as giving them a bit of joy and play time. I bring them pencils, colouring books, crayons, stickers, story books, toys, clothes, food and a lot of catchy songs they learn in a flash. I teach them English and Arts ! I also teach sewing and buy sewing machines! This is the most rewarding experience I've ever had in my life....and I wish other people could have it too...
BUTTERFLY EDUCATIONAL CENTER is my newest project founded in February 2016 and I´m proud to also announce BUTTERFLY BOOKS , a mobile library and ANA BANANA´S TUK - TUK SCHOOL.
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