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Message from the Australian Foreign Minister

Message from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop, on the occasion of the opening of Graduation House, Phnom Penh – 7 September 2014 I am very proud of the efforts of two organisations from my home town of Perth – Awareness Cambodia and the Australian Rules football club, the West Coast Eagles (of which I am a former director) – that have led to this opening ceremony today, and grateful for the support the project has received from Cambodian Government Ministries and many others.   Education plays an important role in both personal growth and in enabling individuals […]

Christmas 2014 – read what happened

Every year the Awareness Cambodia family has an incredible time celebrating Christmas.  Last year staff and kids from across our child development projects – Sunshine House, House of Progress and Graduation House – came together for a different kind of Christmas party… a day at the beach! An amazing time was had by everyone – with lots of food, beautiful clear water and loved ones to share it all with, what could be better? A huge thank you goes to our amazing staff who coordinated and prepared a wonderful day. Of course without our donors the Christmas beach party would […]

Find out more about Graduation House

Awareness Cambodia’s Graduation House complex provides housing and specialised support to help tertiary students without families to complete university and vocational training. In addition it provides a secure, stable, rent-free administration and a training hub in Phnom Penh for Awareness Cambodia. Graduation House represents a significant shift in the typical child development paradigm and is based largely on one simple thought: FREEDOM without a future is just another form of slavery. Every child – whether they are in Australia, the United States, Cambodia or anywhere else in the world – should be able to dream of a fulfilling life that […]

The backbone of ACI – our volunteers

Brenda Au – is a nurse and Health Manger at Sunshine House.  Brenda, who lives at Sunshine House with her husband Paul and three children, is our longest-serving volunteer.  With a desire to make a difference, Brenda moved from her homeland in Ireland to Cambodia and since January 2003 she has nursed children with HIV, mended broken bones and provided TB and hepatitis treatment for the new arrivals at Sunshine House.  In short, Brenda is a loved and treasured member of our team. Dr Piseth –is a medical doctor who has volunteered at our Operation Nightingale clinics since 2006 (when […]

Learning English Opens Doors

Firstly, I would like to introduce myself; my name is Mr Tanghuot Teng. I am 28 years old and was born in Takeo Province, Cambodia. When I was six years old I started primary school.  My school was about three kilometres from my house and I would travel there by foot every day with my childhood friend who lived close by. When I finished primary school I moved to high school, which was about 15 kilometres from my house. The road was very difficult. I would rise at 5:00am every day to prepare to go to school. It would take […]

Say Hello to our Inaugral Scholarship Students

Skorin What province are you from? How far is your home from Phnom Penh? Kampong Chnang, three hours from Phnom Penh. Why did you want to study agriculture? I really enjoy learning about the land and wanted to learn more and increase my skills. What do you want to do in the future?  I want to help care for animals. What do you like about staying at Graduation House?  The chance to study at university, good food, very friendly people. What type of music do you like?  Christian music, Korean, English and Khmer music. What do you like to do […]

Dr Piseth

Dr Piseth –is a medical doctor who has volunteered at our Operation Nightingale  clinics since 2006 (when the program started).  In 2010, Gary was asked by Dr Piseth’s wife to speak to postgrad uni students about our work and volunteering. Soon afterwards Dr Piseth contacted us and became our first Cambodian volunteer.  Providing invaluable health care at our medical clinics, Dr Piseth continues to make a huge difference to the lives of the rural poor.

Tim & Trudy

Trudy and Tim James – are a Perth couple who packed up their belongings and headed to Cambodia to volunteer full-time with Awareness Cambodia in December 2011.  In only three years they have learned to speak Khmer and can drive motorbikes and cars along the chaotic Phnom Penh streets just like the locals! Much-loved team members within our Phnom Penh office, Trudy and Tim are currently in Perth awaiting the arrival of their first child.

David

David Phipps –was sitting in the audience listening to Gary speak at a charity golf day in 2008. Inspired by what he heard, the retired engineer decided to visit Cambodia and see for himself the work we were doing. When he heard about our desire to build Graduation House he not only offered up his skills and gave us a donation to get the project off the ground, he took on the massive task of overseeing the construction of the complex himself. Every curve ball, problem and challenge has been sorted by David with grace and expertise.  He has contributed […]