The Sobbhana Day Care Center, supported by the Sobbhana Foundation and Hearts and Hands for Cambodia, provides a preschool education similar to U.S.A. Headstart for 75 children from ages 3 through 6 years old. There are 8 villages that feed into the Center. These preschoolers are provided two meals a day, and follow a schedule which includes: lessons, free play, bath time, and nap time.
There are several ongoing projects connected to the Center which include: literacy classes for our parents, kitchen gardens, and an all-volunteer English class for our teachers. Future projects which will be implemented once there is funding include a beekeeping project for the Center.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers
(English and Khmer) Dictionaries
(English and Khmer) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Khmer) Human Body, Language, and World Maps
(Khmer) Age Appropriate Story Books
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
Connect Four and Puzzles
Castanets, Maracas, Triangles, and Xylophones
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.