Smiling Gecko News
NEWS FROM OR ABOUT US
From 27th to 30th October 2022 we will have a stand at «Kunst 22 Zürich» in Hall 550 in Oerlikon. We are exhibiting pictures taken by our founder Hannes Schmid of the garbage collectors in Sihanoukville.
In September, Mariya Un Noun is in Switzerland to collect donations for the Smiling Gecko Campus with her great “New Khmer Cuisine”. Be there!
We received bad news from Cambodia. In the early evening hours of June 30, the Smiling Gecko Campus was hit by a severe storm that lasted several hours, which unfortunately caused major damage to buildings and greenhouses, the Farmhouse Resort and the fields.
Last Wednesday, we surprised our kindergarten and primary school children with lots of fantastic books. The books were donated by the students of Lakeside School Horgen.
Yesterday on Swiss television and already available on our website: the program “mitenand”, with a four-minute portrait of our Cambodian carpenter Pha, who received his training on our campus. Thank you, dear SRF, for being with us in Cambodia. The report turned out great.
The consequences of the corona pandemic are still omnipresent in Cambodia. In a country where there is practically no government support, people are still extremely dependent on the humanitarian aid of Smiling Gecko and other international NPOs. We make our contribution, which we must finance entirely from donations. That’s why we are so grateful for any form of support.
In November our “container full of music” filled with lots of pianos, drums, guitars, violins, trumpets and flutes started its journey to Cambodia. Now it has finally reached its destination. The children of our school enthusiastically received the instruments and now the instruments are given a second life, spending great joy to many Cambodian children.
Once again, the students at our Education Campus rehearsed a Christmas song as a way to convey their thank you to you. The rehearsals and recordings of the well-known Christmas song “Merry Christmas Everyone” by Shakin’ Stevens were a welcomed-change for the children from their everyday life impacted by the pandemic, school cancellations and often hunger.