One Idea Can Make Different
Dohdal cannot achieve its mission without the generous support of donors and we will be always grateful for any support given. Donors can donate to particular project or just make a general donation that will be used to support all of the programs.
English is considered as the second language in Cambodia and thus is important for the future of Cambodian. It provides hope, ample opportunities for a better future for all the children in order to move out of poverty. In the January 1st, 2007 Dohdal organization was established and started to implement its activities (it was not yet registered and was an unofficial school).
Today, there are 200 children from 4 villages who attend the Dohdal classes daily: 50 children are pre-school students and another 150 children attend the English classes from 16:00 -19:15. Both classes run from Monday to Friday.
The English program starts from the beginner to advance level, and the students attend class until they finish high school. This informal English program aims to give a chance for children to study a foreign language early and to provide additional support for children who study in public school. Indeed idiom education in the public system is not at its best level and doesn’t give the opportunity to the children to have a specific and qualitative teaching of English.
There are no kindergarten classes in the community. Dohdal aims to create a pre-school for the children prior they attend the state school. Currently Dohdal welcomes 50 children in total in two different classes for pre-school children under 6 year-old, from 7:30am to 9:30am from Monday to Friday. They study basic Khmer literature, English, mathematics, art, handcraft, songs, hygiene, traditional dance and science. Our primary purpose is to reduce the early dropping out of school by focusing on 4 main learning areas – physical, emotional, social and cognitive learning – which help the children to be prepared prior attending primary state school.
In Cambodia, health is the primary concern for people who live in the rural areas because of their lack of public transportation, expensive medical treatments, poor conditions of stay in hospitals, and under qualified medical staffs. Indeed the high cost of medical care cause the patients and their families to accumulate enormous debt that will challenge their life for years. Dohdal aims to improve the physical health of the target group by providing them basic health education and to teach them how to identify and prevent health issues. In addition, Dohdal is also involved in improving dental health by cooperating with qualified dentist volunteers from overseas to treat, examine, and prevent cavities as well as to teach them how brush their teeth properly.
Currently, there some people still rely on traditional healer or unprofessional dentist in the street who had been handed from their old generation or they just lives in horribly pain.
We welcome professional dentist volunteers to spend their valuable time to help us in our programme. If you are interested to come discovering Cambodia, to volunteer and help, please contact us
Spiritual well-being and Ethics
Theravada Buddhism is the state religion, 95% of Cambodian population follow this faith. Buddhist monks are highly respected and played an essential model role in Cambodian society, particularly in the thought and beliefs of human being. Buddhist monk is considering as a spiritual teacher who educated people through its sermon in ceremonies. His advice is mainly focus on spirituality and morality. There are many people who highly value and obey Buddhist monks’ advices.
Theravada Buddhism theories are incorporated in the official school, but most of the students don’t receive enough from this philosophy as most of the curriculums are focused mainly on scientific and rational knowledge.
Apart of providing the general knowledge, Dohdal works with volunteer Buddhist monks to provide monthly Buddhist philosophy to children and youths to establish spiritual basis for their future life.
Dohdal organize field trips annually in different destinations in Cambodia. It is an exciting time for children to discover the beauties of their country. The trips are reflecting what the students have learned such as cultural sites, monuments and temples, resorts, and more generally lifestyle. It is the best practice for children to compare between reality and theory. Trips are inspiration for them all to visualize their potential of the future through bridging what they have been studying and their future. After each trips, they feel proud of the rich cultures in Cambodia. It is a great chance for them to learn, relax and have fun.
An annual meeting is held at the Dohdal facility – aiming to raise awareness on the value of education, child’s rights, child abuses and protection. During the meeting, any feedbacks or constructive suggestions from the stakeholders, families, students are encouraged to raise and solve any issue. Our main objective is to enable the families to connect the vision between the present and the future of their children as well to make them realize their potential.
Hence it improves the relationship between the organization, the families of the students, between student themselves and with the teachers. Collaboration between our organization, parents /guardians of children and children are an imperative part of the strategy for our mission. Usually, the local authorities are invited as well to participle in our meeting. It is a great time for all of us to share knowledge, experience and ideas with each other.
After the meeting, Dohdal organizes a party for the children and provide food, soft drinks and music to dance in the evening. Most of the children told us how excited and impatient they are to join this event.