Networking improving partner effectiveness in Cambodia

Kelley Chisholm (Western Australia Representative) and Phealy Hut (Assistant Project Officer) in Cambodia hosted a Partners’ Network meeting last Friday 3 June, with 43 participants attending the morning from as far away as Siem Reap and Kep.  Two new partner organisations, Kep Gardens (project J674N) and Family FM 99.5 (project J854N), were welcomed.

An icebreaker led by Phealy kicked off the morning in a fun way and encouraged everyone to get to know their neighbours, laying a platform for Kelley to give an update on the Global Development Group Partners’ Conference in Singapore, sharing photos and memorable moments.

New partner Janine Judd from Kep Gardens Association then introduced J674N ‘KEP Gardens Community Project’ situated in Kep Province, which provides supplementary education, scholarships, and vocational training.

Young leaders Koiy Vannak and Phou Srey Mei from Global Development Group partner Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF – who have several projects with GDG), together with their Sponsorship Program Manager, Janet Tartaglia, were welcomed as they shared on the CCF ‘Junior Leadership Program’. This program aims to prepare students with tools, training, and knowledge to have a meaningful impact on their community. It was inspiring to hear from Janet, Vannak, and Srey Mei about their involvement and the impact this program is having both on them personally, and in their community.

Three Global Development Group partners involved in education projects—Leakhena from Manna4Life, Tith from Singing Kites, and Sokhun from Restore One—formed a panel for the final session. They shared their experiences together and welcomed discussion from the group. Key messages shared in this session included the value of qualified and passionate teachers, the importance of communicating and building trust in the community, and the need to build relationships with parents and children, towards promoting the value of education and its power to make dreams come true.

The meeting finished with a group photo and, of course, morning tea!