21 students and staff from Singapore Polytechnic (SP), visited the Cultural Orphanage on 18 December 06 and donated 1,500 English books to its library.
Under the Books for Learning project, the visiting volunteers from SP also helped set up an English library at the orphanage.
The Books for Learning project at the Cultural Orphanage will be the first of many community outreach projects in Laos. It aims to create more learning opportunities for children and young adults of Laos by means of providing books and education as well as setting up libraries, reading centres and other related facilities.
After the books were handed over to the Cultural Orphanage in a ceremony attended by Ambassador of Singapore Karen Tan, the students from SP interacted with the children and young adults at the Cultural Orphanage through a series of cultural activities.
The Lao children performed a cultural show for the visiting SP students. In turn, students from the Singapore Polytechnic conducted English story-telling sessions for the children of the orphanage.
SP students also engaged in a friendly football match with the orphanage students. The students from SP were appreciative of the opportunity to interact with the Lao children and young adults at the orphanage.
They also agreed that the Books for Learning project had been a good opportunity for SP students to broaden their horizon and extend their spirity of community service beyond Singapore. Yih Dar, a 2nd year student, said that was an opportunity for them to create a better learning environment for underpriviledged children.
Another student, Sook Theng, also indicated that this project gave them the chance to learn more about different cultures.
These students from Singapore Polytechnic are all members of the Singapore Polytechnic Community Service and Cultural Club (CSCC) which aims to inculcate a greater awareness and understanding of the social needs and concerns of the community amongst its members.
Mr Khamway, principal of the Cultural Orphanage has expressed the need to purify and store more water in anticipation of the shortage during the dry season. Storage tanks are needed to be set up within the school premises in order to provide adequate water to meet the consumption and sanitation needs of 760 children living and studying in the school.
Do continue to look out for the next instalment of this continuing saga over the coming months.