Posted by | April 5, 2013 | Blog | No Comments

5527Small Steps Project has been delivering lots of new projects over the winter. In November we set up several new nursery provisons in Siem Reap, where we also delivered a shoe distribution with ODA.

For Christmas we sent a convoy of aid over to the children in Romania with Love Light Romania who not only distributed the aid on our behalf but also had fantastic photographer, Richard Feaver, document the delivery of aid.

In January we set up numerous projects in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The first was an Outreach Project that collected the children from the dump and brought them to our partner project’s centre, Let Us Create.

We also employed a driver, and a social worker to oversee the outreach project and to work on improving the conditions of the families homes, as well as plans to relocate those who no longer wish to scavenge.

Within the LUC centre we funded a Breakfast Club Project for all the dump children and all the LUC children who are also street and beach scavengers to improve their nutrition.

We then created an early years provision and nursery that we built and funded within the LUC centre.  As well as funding the Cambodian nursery teacher we also brought over an early years consultant from the UK to set up the running of the nursery and the routines for the little ones.

Jade Pictures 3Before we left we started a hygiene project which provides toothpaste and brushes from London dentist, Smiles for You, as well as toiletries, hand sanitiser from Petter Pharmacy and we bought a washing machine to keep all the childrens clothes clean as well as new clothes for the children. This was all pulled together by LUC’s excellent hygiene education programme.

As well as developing the hygiene Project we are currently working on a Mum’s Project, offering retraining and employment for the mums of the dump.

All of the projects that we set up in Sihanoukville are sustainable so the impact on the lives of these children will be huge. It has come a long way from just a pair shoes (which it goes without saying they are all provided with) and it also means that it requires ongoing funding.  So please keep donating, we do not recieve any government funding so all this work is down to all the public donations you have given and two fantastic corporate donors: Scott Dunn and First Mile.

So please spread the word because we are a small charity having huge impact and we make sure your donation goes to those who need it most. All these small steps have made a real difference, so please keep taking them and encourage others to do so to, because every £1 is not a drop in the ocean with us, it has a massive impact on real little lives.