Archive for May, 2008
Many of you are interested to participate in the Ship for South East Asia Youth Program (SSEAYP). We are pleased to welcome Miss. Tuot Sopheak, Youth Ambassador who represent Cambodia to the 34th SSEAYP to join the OYG-Cam activities and participate in the second Youth Picnic on June 15. She will be on hand to share with you the experience she earned from the SSEAYP and might be able to help you make your way to be selected to the SSEAYP in the future if you are interested.
Many thanks Sopheak and welcome to the OYG-Cam family. We are pleased to have you on board with us.
Miss. Tuot Sopheak with all participants of SEAYP in Janpan
My dear friends,
It is time to meet old and new friends who have been working and studying hard but have little time to celebrate our accomplishments, make connection to new adventures and be engaged in social affairs. How can we say our mission is complete?
We would like to invite you to a second Youth Picnic to be organized on Sunday, June 15 at Suon Soben (Dream Guarden) in Kien Svay district (along the road toward Tiger Beer production factory). The main objective of the picnic is to bring together youth so that they stay connected to each others, make friends and discuss how they can be engaged in social affairs in order to help address social issues and develop the country. Below is a tentative program:
07:30 – 09:30 : Travel to Suon Soben (Dream Guarden)
09:30 – 12:00 : Group discussion about Goal, Mission, Objectives, Activities and Management Structure of the Outstanding Youth Group of Cambodia (OYG-Cam)
12:00 – 13:30 : Solidarity Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 : Fishing Competition and Analysis of Fish Attitudes
14:30 – 15:45 : Other entainment games, musics and social interaction activities
15:45 – 16:00 : Thesis and conclusion of the Picnic and Next Steps
16:00 : Adjourn and return home
We have so far raised 200,000.00 Riel ($50.00) to cover some expenses of the picnic. We request each participant to contribute 10,000 Riel ($2.5) to cover other expenses. Other contribution and funding from other sources are very welcomed. To make contribution please contact our Organizing Committee address below:
To confirm your participation in the Youth Picnic please contact Mr. Chea Thong or Miss. Chhay Chansopheaktra:
Mr. Chea Thong at email@example.com or (855) 092 456 288
Miss. Chhay Chansopheaktra at firstname.lastname@example.org or (855) 012 288 388
Mr. Preap Kol at email@example.com or (855) 012 877 833 or (855) 016 33 42 33
Please join me in welcoming new members to the OYG-Cam family. We have received the following names who have expressed interest and are qualified to be member of the OYGC. We welcome Mr. Tum Sophea; Mr. Sreng Sopheap, Mr. Ros Ratana, Miss. Ros Marie, Mr. Mey Samedy, Mr. Long Piseth, Miss. Khuon Chantevy, Miss. Gove Kimhong, Mr. Kong Sophea, Mr. Mao Chansovannrith, Miss. Hen Vanra, Mr. Chhuop Savort, Miss. Sien Kolen, Mr. Hang Kakadareasey, Mr. Chhuon Marady, and Mr. Tang Kimsruy.
There are more new members whose names have yet been given to me. We will put their names up later. We also have photos of some the new members but not all. So those who have not sent me their photo, please send me one through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to be uploaded to our web-page so that our friends can see you.
To view photos of the OYG-Cam members, please click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26242706@N06/
Thank you very much.
April 06, 2008 was just a week from the Khmer New Year, I was pleased to join a picnic to Tamao mountain with a group of dynamic and energetic young people many of whom are fresh graduates and university students who were also contestants of the Youth Leadership Challenge (YLC) which is a TV show program organized by the Youth Council of Cambodia (YCC) and funded by USAID through IRI. I got to know these youth groups because I was part of the program, particularly to train and coach them on the public speaking skills.
The picnic was organized with an objective to have fun together and enhance our friendship as well as to give each other wishes for the Khmer New Year. Thanks to Chea Thong who helped organize the picnic and arrange the trip. We were supposed to depart Phnom Penh at 8 a.m from a point near the Independent Monument where we met up and got in the bus. However, we start the journey a bit late as we had to wait for one of our friends “Sokunthea” who reportedly had trouble finding the Independent Monument 🙂 (we were just teasing her). Then we had to pick up two more friends and planned to have breakfast on the way which we did.
As we stopped at a restaurant near one of the local market at Kandal Steung, we were told that there was no food left, I guess they had some left but just could not afford to supply too many hungry people like all of our group at that time. 🙂 so we decided to move on. It sounded like if we were starving on our way but that was not the case, you know why? Because we enjoyed so much then. Norin who is a Champion for the YLC is also a good guitarist and a pretty good singer, and Pichey who would not let his mouth shut for a minute is a good singer. The two guys performed on the bus all the way to the mountain while others also joined in singing different songs. The self introduction game which asked people to say about their personal style was also fun together with lots of jokes.
As we approached near to Tamao Mountain, we bought sticky rice cake called “Katom”, a small cake that has sticky rice inside and covered by palm leaf. We found it hard to uncover the leaf of the Katom so we had different way of eating it. Some of us just put the Katom in our mouth and crack it up 🙂 it worked okay as the sticky rice leaked in our mouth after we broke the cover and finally went to our stomach :). Oh man! it was fun eating this cake.
We arrived at Tamao mountain at around 11 a.m when we walked straight to the hub, a place for sitting, relaxing and having meals. Sopheaktra (a second champion of the YLC) and a few other friends went ahead to order food while others were walking around to explore things. They bought some fried ants (big ones) and ate them as snack while waiting for the big lunch.
Norin and Pichey continued the music and songs to entertain our group and other people around the hub. I was feeling a bit dizzy then after sitting with my face back to the group in the bus for a couple hours but I thought the main reason was because I laughed so much 🙂 . Thanks to a friend who gave me the oil which helped me feel better.
We had lunch at 12 o’clock with different delicious foods -thanks to Sopeaktra and those who helped order very good foods – which was important for all of us – to survive 🙂 -. After lunch, some people decided to take a short rest, some went straight to watch elephant performance, some walked around the zoo to see different animal and species. I walked with a group around the zoo where we saw many interesting animals and birds. We set to get together at the hub at 1:30 p.m when planned to have a group discussion about the youth situation in Cambodia.
As everyone got together at 1:30 p.m we began the session by dividing the group into three to have a discussion about three different topics: 1- where can we find the youth or which institutions are they belong to?; 2- what are the major concerns of the youth or what do they care about? 3- How can we reach to youth or what are the ways to communicate with them? Each group spent about 40 minutes to discuss the above topic and another 10 minutes to do presentation to the big group. The discussion was very participative and they gathered some very interesting and valuable information about the youth in Cambodia. The result of the group discussion is available in the next article.
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Written by Preap Kol
On our way back from the picnic, we were a bit less energetic after involving ourselves in so many activities including the traditional-popular game that we normally play prior to or during the Khmer New Year. As part of his responsibility, soon after the bus moved Chea Thong had to do financial reconciliation in which he did it in a transparent and interesting way such as: reporting about how the money was spent, what kinds of food we ate (which everyone already knew what they had during lunch), how many chickens, fishes were served and who ate the most and the least, and who has the biggest pile of bones in front of them, etc. It was fun although Thong reported the overspending because we ate so much :). Goodman, our good friend in the group stood up, took a mike and appealed for addition contribution from the participants whom of course were happy to give and as I remembered, it was one dollar each.
I made a short remark, just to express how much I had enjoyed the picnic and to thank everyone: Chea Tong for coordinating with the youth and the overall arrangement for the trip, Sopheaktra and other friends who helped with the logistic and did the food order (this was particularly important as we all needed to survive 🙂 ); Goodman for helping to raise addition fund (he is very good in doing it); Norin and Pichey for the entertainments (music and songs); and of course many thanks to everyone for participating in the picnic and all activities, including the group discussion about the youth situation in Cambodia.
As the bus was moving halfway back, Norin continued the guitar and we sang altogether a few songs, one of which, as I recalled was “miss you like crazy”. As we continued to enjoy the trip, our friends began to think of how we can do this activity regularly and have fun together like this. We thought for a little while and came up with an idea of doing a picnic once in every three months. Everybody quickly agreed that this was a great idea, so let’s do that. Should we have a name for our group? I asked. Yes, everyone replied. If so, we need to find a good name. Then, we asked each and everyone to write down a name that they liked. So many interesting names were given and I read out all of them to the group. It was quite hard to get an agreement from the majority of the group since everyone wanted to keep the name s/he likes.
Going down the list of names for the group, we finally found one name that most people initially supported and later on all agreed; it was “Krom Yuvachun Chean Muk” or “Outstanding Youth Group”. Then the group temporarily appointed Chea Tong to coordinate the OYG, Sopeaktra and Sokunthea to help with general administration and logistics; goodman to help do the fund raising for the next picnic scheduled for late June or early July 2008; Norin and Pichey to help organize entertaining programs and other members to invite their outstanding friends to join the group; Lymuoy to communicate to all the members and provide updates and necessary information. I had volunteered to be an Advisor of the OYG and was excited to support the initiative of this group. They are really outstanding and dynamic group of young people.
As we were approaching closer to Phnom Penh, we have agreed that during our next picnic we will discuss vision, mission, objective and administrative structure of the group, next steps and future activities of the OYG.
Written by Preap Kol
As mentioned in the other article “The Youth Picnic” we had group discussions about the youth in Cambodia. Here is a brief summary of the results:
I. Where are the youth/which institutions are the youth belong to?
A. Non-State Institutions: I. NGOs: (UN, YRDP, YCC, KYSD, KYA, SMD YS KSA CEPA, CEPA, KIND, KAYARITH, Other Organizations); 2. MEDIA: (TV, Newspapers, Radio, etc); 3. Business: (Trade Unions, NAGA, Cambosix, Golden Tower, Banks, Restaurant, Clubs, Intertainment Industries, Tourism); 3. Other Sectors: (construction workers, elecricians, mechanicians, sport teams, ethnic groups, gang groups, etc).
B. State Institution: (different government ministries, different education institutions, etc.)
C. Political parties: (different political parties – mostly with CPP and SRP)
II. What do the youth care about for their society? Below are some of what they conern the most (ranked in order):
- Education System in Cambodia (that does not ensure good quality and standard)
- Lack of effective law enforcement, poor ethical morality (corruption, human rights violations)
- Health and Sanitation
- Security and Political Stability
- Economy (inflation, salary of civil servants)
- National Territory/border
- Influence of foreign culture
- Climate Changes
III. How can we reach the youth? There a number of ways we can reach the youth depending where they are:
- Through internet or e-mail (urban areas only)
- Through telephone (urban areas and some rural areas)
- Through personal or direct interaction/approaching
- Through engaging with youth organizations, youth clubs and associations
- Through media (TV, radio) – creating youth programs –
- Through friends network
- Through visiting garment factories and labor industries
- Through participating scial activities (ceremonies, festivals, parties)
- Through communicating with education institutions
- Through organizing youth forums or seminars
- Through creating information boards or boxes for the youth at schools, villages, public places and pagodas
- Through distributing leaflets on issues that concern the youth or create reading centers/libraries
Written by Preap Kol
Dear Bong Kol and all friends,
I am writing to say thank you for yesterday’s event that you, Bong Kol, Thong and all youth friends are trying hard to shape up such a great image. I strongly support Outstanding Youth Group (OYG) activities. I do believe that if all of us committed hard and make a firm solidarity to distribute and contribute all what we can to the group, it will definitely run towards its achievement and goals.
More importantly, thanks so much to my former instructor, Kol who initiated the idea to make this event not only for entertainment, but also wonderful venue for building up strong relationship among youth and enabled the youth to share ideas and their knowledge, experiences, and to know much better how we can keep communication with the youth, what the priorities issues are the youth concerns about, and where youth in Cambodia is residing in. This activity is the great start of building network so I hope OYG team coordinator, communication facilitator and all members will strongly cooperate to further continue our missions.
Sorry I know just some of our friends’ email among YLC2, but I believe Thong and Muy will keep good communication with our group members.
Happy Up Coming Khmer New Year and Have a Nice Day,