Archive for June, 2009

GLOBAL HYBRID @ Meta House – this week!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Dear Meta House Friends!

THUR, 02/07, 6 PM we celebrate the EXHIBITION OPENING of "GLOBAL HYBRID".
Cambodian
contemporary artists Ouer Sokuntevy, Chhan Nawath, Riem Em, Leang Seckon,
Pich
Sopheap, Kong Vollak, Meas Sokorn meet counterparts from the diaspora (Tom
Tor,
Sayon Syprasoeuth, Ratha Hanh) as well as US based artists Stephane Janin
(France)
and Denise Scott. They explore, from their own point of view, how to
define their
GLOBAL HYBRID position beyond two cultures in this group show. The
exhibition is
curated by Denise Scott and Lydia Parusol.

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Pls. have a look or come around for the following DOUBLE screenings this
weekend…

* FRI 03/07, 7 PM
KEEP SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH: DEATH, REBIRTH & RETURN
Screened only at Meta House: KAMPUCHEA: DEATH & REBIRTH (1979, 90 min) is
the first
doc film after the Khmer Rouge. OUT OF THE POISON TREE (2007, 56 min) by Beth
Pielert follows the return of an American survivor of the genocide. The
doc film
features the music of Khmer-American rapper praCh.

* SAT, 04/07, 7 PM
CAMBODIAN DREAMS: LEAVING THE CAMPS FOR A BETTER FUTURE
THE CHILDEN OF KROUSAR THMEY by Marcus d'Arcy follows 32 orphans in
refugee camp
Site 2 and their return to Cambodia. (54 min, 1993). Stanley Harper's
CAMBODIAN
DREAMS (2007, 85 min) chronicles parallel lives of a Khmer family – half
of whom
went to Thailand, while the other half stayed in their home village in
Cambodia. The
filmmaker will be present at the screening and hold a Q&A.

SUN, 05/07, 7 PM
FROM THE UNITED STATES TO CAMBODIA: TWO WORLDS OF WAR
Sheldon Renan's KILLING OF AMERICA (1983, 90 min) is a stunning eye-witness
experience of the growth of violence in the US. STRAIGHT REFUGEEZ (2005,
75 min) by
Ian White pictures so-called "returnees" – former American convicts and
their new
lives in Phnom Penh.

META HOUSE
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Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
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Film Screening at Reyum on Wednesday July 1, 6pm

Monday, June 29th, 2009


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3 Years Later: A Celebration of Success

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Cambodia Education Project

Student team leaders Sok Ieng and Lena proudly display their art work in our newly remodeled computer lab.

Dear Friends,

So much has happened, and I am relieved to finally be taking the opportunity to share some of the great progress we have been making. Once again, I apologize for not communicating more regularly. On
several levels, my e-newsletters make the events real for me, since they connect me to my community(s) outside of my life in Cambodia, and are a great opportunity for me to reflect on a life that all too often moves too fast.

(be sure to click the links in the underlined words to read the full stories on my blog)

Since I last wrote we had a few milestones; Aziza School had it’s 3 year birthday on May 1, Lakeside School turned 1 on June 1, and June 24th was the 4 month mark since the eviction of many of our students families from the Dey Krahorm slum.

Two noteworthy accomplishments that I am proud of are (#1) the community involvement that we see with our student team leaders, who are the primary force behind the operations of the schools. These students are amazing, and as they volunteer they get work experience and extra opportunities to learn.

The other accomplishment (#2) is our medical clinics and dental services, which we offer weekly, not only for our students but for the whole community. We treat and educate a lot of sick people, ease their suffering, and prevent disease from spreading or their problems from getting worse, which is the root of much poverty.

The medical training we have been offering to our older students and staff, as well as other NGOs, is designed to have them be a front line resource for their community (aka barefoot doctors), complete with certificates, taught graciously by Dr. Annie Chen-Green from New Zealand.

These results are on top of our regular classes of English, computers, and leadership we provide to over 200 students at our 2 schools.

Our focus is not only on skills that we know will bring job opportunities, but also on life skills and holistic education. We have many great partners and volunteers who bring our students art, photography, soccer, dance and yoga. One great partner is Kundalini Yoga Cambodia, who has trained 2 of our students to be yoga teachers. Read about this great program and our opportunity to support our student, Sela, to become a certified teacher of kids yoga.
The Eviction: Village Earth previously sent my letter of some of the events and trauma we were experiencing after the eviction, and I have now posted a student’s letter regarding her experience of the eviction; see the Student Letter. Reflecting back, little good came of this for the people we work with, but there are many instances of human triumph, and I am convinced that nowhere is the human spirit stronger and more resilient than in the slums of Phnom Penh.
Our photography teacher Maria posted some moving pictures and comments on her blog (a true work of art).

In the aftermath of the eviction, many of us fought hard to serve those who were too traumatized to take care of themselves and their families. Our student team leaders had an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills, and worked very hard to help their community. While we only helped a small portion of the people that were evicted, Aziza School was an emergency response center, and it was a time where I worked harder and with more focus than I ever have. Many, many thanks to the people who have donated so we could help people in crisis.

My friend Nader, who passed away in March, was a big help during this difficult time, and will be missed!

An unfortunate reality is that you rely on me to paint the picture of what our students are like, and I truly cannot find the words to express what beauty and greatness they possess. I wish I could just open my mind and you could see what I see. We hope that you will “invest” in them, and their potential.

Our little organization isn’t as small as it once was, and we produce results more than ever. To do what we do requires the compassion and commitment of you, and we hope that you can give, find others to give, hold a fundraiser, or do what you can. We need people to invest in the futures of young people with great potential. Let me know how I can assist you.

Thank you,

Drew & the Aziza Team
drewmcdo@msn.com
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UNDP-TVK Equity Weekly Show 94 — AH1N1: Rise of a Pandemic & Husk Power

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Imagine That! Exhibition opens Thursday 25 June at Romdeng

Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Imagine That Invitation
Imagine That Invitation