The Roteang Orphanage
The Sharing Foundation's orphanage in Roteang village, built in 2000 and home to about 75 children, is a new standard for compassionate care, hygiene, nutrition, and medical care for Cambodian children. Admitted without regard for such diagnoses as HIV, syphilis, cerebral palsy, or hepatitis. many children will stay in Foundation care permanently because of special needs. The ratio of nannies to preschool children is 1:2, and children with serious special needs have their own nannies. For school age children, the ratio is 1:3 or 1:4. Dental needs are met by a Canadian dental NGO we visit regularly.
A girls’ dormitory, Mary Jane’s House, was completed in 2009. In addition to 18 sleep/study rooms and spacious bathrooms, this building has a large common room on the first floor where computer classes are held daily and special events are staged. Elective traditional Cambodian dance classes, taught by professional teachers from Cambodian Living Arts, are very popular.
A dedicated teacher runs daily groups for our younger children with music, painting, books, puzzles and games in both Khmer and English in our preschool building. In the afternoons, the older children returning from school in the village use this building as an activities center. We home school our 1st and 2nd graders, as they are academically and socially ahead of local peers. They join the village school in 3rd grade.
Kampong Speu Orphanage
TSF regularly pays monthly for fuel (both propane for the kitchen and diesel for the generator) at Kampong Speu, a poor government orphanage one hour west of Phnom Penh. Most of the 90 students there are older school children, but we also fund their two nannies.
In 1999, we renovated their schoolroom and the girls' dorm, and in 2001, we built a full kitchen and dining room, bringing their eating facility indoors from a wooden cow-shed where they cooked over a wood fire and ate in shifts at a few picnic tables. In 2007, an extension was added to their dining area as the number of children increased. In 2008, a volunteer TSF team immunized all of their children for hepatitis B and DPT (diptheria, pertussis, tetanus).