In 2016, we worked together with Mercy Relief to donate a KOMPAN playground to Krang Kandal Primary School in Takeo, Cambodia. The southern lakeside province is impoverished and is not commonly visited by tourists. Hence, we feel that it is necessary to brighten up the infrastructure by donating a playground to Krang Kandal Primary School.
To us, a rural school is still a school, and the education of children is the key to a brighter future. We wanted to help enrich students by providing play facilities, to foster social, emotional and intellectual skills on top of the existing academic curriculum.
We certainly have a soft spot for schools in particular, because, in many communities, big or small, schools also serve as a meeting place for residents to converse and socialise. Schools are places where children learn, play and grow up; all the more, a safe environment is needed for them to be able to reach their highest potential.
On top of installing a slide and swing in a sand playground, we added another personal touch by painting their classroom walls to liven up the facilities and hopefully create a more conducive and enjoyable environment to learn in. We made sure to research the environment of the recipient community so that the facilities installed will be appropriate to the climate and terrain, as well as be safe for the target age group users.
We anticipate that with a more pleasant school environment, we can spark their interest in learning and interact with others. By implementing playtime as a part of the curriculum, young students can apply language, leadership and cognitive skills taught in the classroom, in a real setting that is the playground. The playground can also serve as a facility for physical education to train students in body conditioning, so that they may be healthier, happier and more productive.
It turns out, the playground was well received by the children, and we were heartened to see that they thoroughly enjoy the facilities. The happiness and excitement that we bring to our beneficiaries certainly make all the effort and every minute of our time worth it. We know that even our littlest effort goes a long way, we are always looking out for communities we can serve, and we appreciate every small or big chance we are given to impact the lives of others.