On Wednesday 20th August, Kampuchea Balopp was invited to be part of the Phnom Penh International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) NGO Fair at their new campus located in the south of the city. The event was a fantastic opportunity for Kampuchea Balopp to reach a new audience and meet other NGO’s who run fantastic programs in Cambodia. Some of the other attendees were already partners of Kampuchea Balopp including Indochina Starfish Foundation, Friends International (Mit Samlanh), Cambodian Children’s Fund and Krousar Thmey.
Students from Grades 4-9 participated in the presentations and activities and visited the booths. The Grade 10s served as the hosts for the day, and the Grade 11’s and 12’s were om hand for the booths as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
We ran a booth all day with information on the program and pamphlets which the kids could take away. We also sold shirts and ran 4 presentations during the day where the kids had an opportunity to watch some videos on Kampuchea Balopp and answer questions on rugby development in Cambodia. The theme for the NGO fair and one that the students will follow this year is “Field of Dreams” which perfectly suits Kampuchea Balopp as we open opportunities on the sporting fields and beyond for all of the children we help coach and educate.
The facilities at ISPP are first class and although not fully completed for a number of months yet, the floodlit grass fields and equipment may become more available to our program over time as the school is very enthusiastic about Kampuchea Balopp and in the future we hope to be assisting with their rugby development.
In the coming months with our confirmed Global Citizenship status with the ISPP, we will start the first program with some dedicated Grade 11 students to help them learn from our coaches and program and work closely with some NGO partners. The students will report back to the school over the coming semester on their involvement and work with Kampuchea Balopp.