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Children can plant trees too!

IMG_2652-800x600During the months of January and February, Ms. Sona Yom and  the kindergarten teachers at both schools, Dey Lo and Phnom Bak, are keen that all the children learn how to plant trees and vegetables.   The children are eager planters. Many families can create small plots close to their houses.  Even though the area here is poor, the earth is fertile and rich in nutrients for trees and plants.  However during the dry season, it is difficult to find water unless one has prepared ponds from the previous year’s rainy season.

Wah Yan Hong Kong students visit

DSCN7020-900x661On the 19th of May, a group of students from Wah Yan Hong Kong Jesuit school and three teachers came to do one day of volunteer work at the Dey Lo Kindergarten school.  They helped to clear weeds and brush from one area of the school grounds and then they planted some trees on this ground.  These trees will eventually provide more shelter from the heat for the children playing around the school and provide fresher air for them to breathe.  It is a long-term project.   No children will remember the names of the Wah Yan students but many children will benefit from their one day’s volunteer work.

A Green Campus

DSC01784In order to protect the roads and to create a green campus, Br. Paul Nguyen and Mr. Louth Vuthy have been supervising the planting of over 600 new trees all around the school site. This means that we have planted over 1000 trees since the start of the project. Some of these trees are hard wood trees and they have been planted near the ponds so that they can be watered during the dry season. They will provide shade. Most of the other trees are local varieties or ordinary trees which can survive long dry periods without water. As time goes on, we will discover which varieties grow best on our land and which do not grow well. The Campus already, looks much greener than last year!

Environmental Impact Assessment

IMG_0996On Tuesday, the 3rd of March 2015 at 3.00 p.m. in the afternoon, the Governor’s office gathered the officials from the Departments of the Environment, Water Resource Management, Mines and Energy, Fishery and Forestry and Development to visit the school site.  The Governor had already given permission two months ago to the Xavier Jesuit School Project to take earth from the bottom of the river to use as land-fill.  The first 5000 cubic metres had been taken to use as land-fill area around the primary school site. These officials came to inspect the work and assess the possible impact on the environment.