Sunrise Siem Reap Orphanage (November 2016)

Following the exceptional fundraising efforts of WiTR and the Travel Retail industry at the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes in October, Erin Lillis-Arrowsmith (Lacoste), Chris Morriss (Concourse Display Management), Alex Cook and Maria-Jose Lopez (both Filtr) travelled to Siem Reap to commence the project and allocate the funds to turn former dormitories and unsanitary toilets at the orphanage into a new Learning Centre. The centre would help provide quality education for over 420 children, aged from 2 to 18.

Initial work included relocating the dormitories to another building and demolition of several walls to create two classrooms (one for children under 12, and one for those over 12), as well as a reception area, toilets, storeroom, office and computer room.

Flooring, desks, chairs, shelving, lighting, new windows and sanitary toilets were all put in hand. The team were also able to secure 15 modern machines for the computer room.

At the same time, the team helped the children to paint the furniture of the social enterprise cafe that the orphanage operates. The Mday Thom café and training centre provides employment, skill enhancement and language development opportunities for the children, to help integrate them into society and a possible career in hospitality.

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