News from Cambodia
“A lot has happened since the last report from Cambodia, at least with us here in Sen Monorom. Apart from the major holidays of Pchum Ben (something like All Souls) and Bon Om Tuk (Water and Moon Festival) the new school year has begun.”
We have enrolled a new intake into the High school at three different levels. The head teacher told me that our Bunong students had to make a contribution to the National Cambodian Environmental Programme. We decided to donate four waste containers. Our hostel is now fully occupied, the students and their parents have signed the Internat contract and the classes continue in their usual unpredictable way.
In the three main parts of our parish, Busra, Dak Dam and Sen Monorom we work in association with the Parish Priest and the people (not only the Catholics). We have the usual small projects which require support. In this report we indicate what we have begun this year with the donations and set out our needs for 2015.
Budget for 2014: $US 19,000 (15,000 €)
· Animals and Garden
· New Toilets
· 2 Nurseries
· Computer Components
· Transport (Car, Moped, Bike)
· Health & Hygiene
· Running Costs
Total Expenditure 16,049
We are $US 3,000.00 within budget: this is because the planned purchase of motorcycles did not take place. This will appear again in the 2015 budget.
Budget for 2015: $US 7,800
|· Kitchen Installation in Dak Dam Nursery
· Running Costs
· Entry Gate for the Church
· Strengthening of Church Foundation
· Busra Nursery
· 2 Motorcycles
· Multi-purpose Hall
· Development of Dormitories
· Garden Project
· Grants to Students
· Support to 3 Students in Oreang
The actual costs will go beyond this since it is not yet possible to predict the outlay of, for example, provisions, medicines or other running costs. The latest developments in Sen Monorom could likewise add to our commitments. Our Diocese of Kampong Cham has recently been donated a plot of land, giving rise to all sorts of fantasies and plans about erecting a new Pastoral Centre. Max and I share these dreams!
Apart from that there is no sign of Advent or Christmas and so we get on with life as usual. The temperature now falls during the night to 19-20 Centigrade, very cool in our circumstances, so that we wrap ourselves in a rug when sitting out on the veranda ruminating on the day just passed.
We wish our readers a reflective Advent and remain with you in our thoughts and prayers.
Brothers Max Meier and Bernhard Tremmel