Each day Kuma students are picked up from their villages using an assortment of tuk-tuks and other vehicles. Without this transportation, most kids would not be able to make the trip to the school.
The school tuk-tuk has become old and often breaks down. They also have to rely on calling other tuk-tuks for support. We are looking for donations to help the school replace with a school bus with a much bigger capacity. If this draws your interest as an opportunity to support Kuma, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A team of 10 volunteers from Credit Suisse Singapore visited the school over 2 days in early November. They raised money within their organisation and bought new computers, school bags, water bottles and school supplies.
The team engaged the kids with lots of fun and educational activities such as digital presentation, personal hygiene, bracelet beading, board games and a friendly football match!
Thank you Credit Suisse for your generosity and invaluable time with the kids. Here’s a video clip of the fun they had.
If you are part of an organization who would like to send a team of volunteers to Kuma, Friends of Kuma would be most happy to arrange for you.
The giggles and smiles are back for a new school year. In late October, Kuma welcomed its new class of 130 students which span seven grade levels. Each day the kids are learning the local Khmer curriculum which is enriched by English lessons, dance, drama, and P.E. Included in that number are 43 students enrolled in Kuma's rigorous "fast-track" program intended for kids who have never before attended school. Another 13 kids have graduated from the fast-track program and now attend Grade 3 at their local school. Without Kuma, these kids would again be left behind for another school year.
What country has the highest IQ? What does IKEA stand for? The attendees of 2019 Kuma Trivia Night at UWCSEA East in early October were sometimes stumped, but the event itself left no question: the school has many amazing friends and supporters in Singapore.
Between admission tickets, silent-auction items, teacher-expert auctions, and a live auction, the event raised over $65,000 SGD for the school. Thanks to those who attended and supported the school that night. We look forward to continuing the annual Kuma Trivia Night tradition next year.
The parents of the Kuma kids recently completed a series of upgrades to the school grounds. First up was a renovation to the driveway space which was raised to mitigate the flooding problem. Parents also built a new sheltered meeting space. This not only created employment for the parents but also resulted in huge savings compared with having it done by a contractor. Both of those projects were supported by UWCSEA's global concern team.