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Children of the Mekong enters the British 10K race!

It’s time to do sport!

On the 12th of July, the British 10K will take place in London. This race is really popular and once again Children of the Mekong will be participating. Last year, our fabulous team of runners raised over £15,000 which contributed to the building of a foster home in Cambodia.

Some of the runners before the race!

Some of the runners before the race!

 

This year, we have 12 runners and we’re still looking for more! We give you the opportunity to join our team and to run for us. This year we aim to raise at least £15,000 which will be used to support the construction of two new classrooms in the village of Ban Homephan, Laos.

 

 

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Group photo of all the runners

 

If you would like to run for us, please let us know as soon as possible so we can register you for the race. Or if you can’t run but still want to get involved, ask your friends to join our team. Last but not least, feel free to come on the D-Day to encourage our runners!

 

 

Your green t-shirt is waiting for you!!

Written by Harry

Children of the Mekong’s charity shop is now open!

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As you may know, Children of the Mekong was planning to open a charity shop in South West London, in Clapham Junction area, at 32 Lavender Hill, SW11 5RL.

After a few changes of plan and negociations with the landlord who needs to make some renovation works in the shop, we are opening a pop-up store for a few months!

Even if we will be open for business only for a short period of time, it is a great opportunity for us to get some experience in the retail business, see what works for us or what needs to be improved.

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We are making a big bet here, the charity shop will be a good occasion for us to diversify our incomes and send even more children at school!

As we are a charity, every penny we earn thanks to the shop will go to the running of our organization and to our programmes in Southeast Asia.

As every other charity shop in London, we are selling a great range of different items: men and women clothes, shoes, handbags, kids toys and clothing, homewares, bric a 

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A little twist with others charity shops though: we have an Asian handicraft corner; you can buy here presents for you or a relative, a little something you probably won’t find that easily somewhere else.brac, books, DVDs, games, jewelry, and much more!

This shop is also a good solution as we can finally settle and have an office!

We can now welcome all our supporters and volunteers in our brand new office and even offer them a cup of tea!

With the shop, we will extend our network: by having a high street shop, Children of the Mekong gains in visibility: more and more people are aware of our existence, they can walk-in and ask for information about Children of the Mekong, our missions, our values, the programmes we are running as well as the children we are sponsoring.

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Now, how can YOU participate in this project?

Well, first you can donate items for us to sale.

We are always looking for:

• men’s and women’s clothing and shoes;

• children’s clothing, toys and games;

• books, multimedia like DVDs, CDs and vinyl, music instruments;

• accessories, non-pierced jewellery, belts, handbags;

• bric a brac, crockery, glassware, vases, tea sets, photo frames, bedding, curtains, cousin covers, small rugs and ornaments;

• any old clothes or textiles that are no longer useable can still raise money by being sold to textile merchants.

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Then you can volunteer with us at the shop: as we don’t have paid shop manager, the running of the shop rely only on volunteers.

You can join us to help on the sorting out, cleaning and preparing all the donations into saleable items, be in charge of the till, but also join us to support the admin and accounting. 

There are a lot of benefits for you too; you will be part of a friendly team, gain work experience, learn transferrable skills in retail, and meet new people everyday! It also brings you the satisfaction of knowing that the work you do in London is making a tremendous difference for the kids that Children of the Mekong is supporting.

So, what are you waiting to join us?

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You can come and visit us anytime at the shop and you can always contact us via facebook, twitter or by email.

A big thank you to all of our volunteers and to everyone that helped us and wished us luck for this big challenge!

Hope to see you soon at the shop, 

Children of the Mekong team.

 

Soieries du Mékong at Asia House Winter Fair

Fusion of French creativity and Cambodian craft that will captivate you this festive season. 

Discover the beauty of hand weaving reflected in Soieries du Mékong’s products. The brand  specialises in making scarves from exceptionally high quality silk. The intensity of colours, lush texture of the fabric and flawlessly finished fringe make each piece simply beautiful.

With help from Soieries du Mékong, Cambodian women from Banteay Chmar village can continue the ancestral art of silk weaving. Their commitment and excellence is seen at every stage of work – from the dyeing process to the finishing touches. Designers and weavers often meet to work together and exchange ideas about weaving techniques. Interplay of the lines, reflection of the light and natural variations of the fabric are the soul of these scarves. Respect for traditional skills is also the brand’s signature.

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Children of the Mekong, the UK branch of Enfants du Mékong, will be one of the exhibitors at the upcoming Asia House Winter Fair. Soieries du Mékong’s wonderful scarves and other silk products will be on display for all those looking for unique gifts this winter. Join us in developing socially responsible fashion world in such lively atmosphere of Christmas.

Each item will be signed with its weaver’s name and picture. Satisfied customers are also given a fantastic opportunity to check the Soieries du Mékong website and see a film dedicated to the artisan who made their particular scarf.

About Soieries du Mékong

In 2001, Enfants du Mékong and Espoir en Soie founded Banteay Chmar Weaving Centre in North West Cambodia where young women are trained in the art of silk weaving.  Empowering women from rural areas as well as providing them with decent work that values their expertise were the main aims of the project. Around 90 weavers have been trained and fostered since then.

In 2006, Soieries du Mékong was established to promote and sell products created at Banteay Chmar. The brand is especially committed to fair trade business practices. Ethical standards of production are also implemented since Enfants du Mékong, the NGO behind the project, is the majority shareholder of Soieries du Mékong.

Contact: Eugenie info@childrenofthemekong.org

The British 10K London Run

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The British 10K London Run presents the world’s greatest race route, through the heart of central London, and passes many of the city’s historic landmarks. 2013 marks the 13th year of the race. It took place on Sunday 14th July, which is a year since London hosted the 2012 Olympic Games. Much of the British 10K Run race route was also used for both the men and women’s Olympic marathons. This year, approximately 25,000 runners across the UK, and overseas have used their running abilities to raise millions of pounds for various charities.

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This summer, the route started in Piccadilly and ended on Whitehall. Some of the landmarks passed include St. James’s Palace, Nelson’s Colum in Trafalgar Square, the Golden Jubilee Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the entrance to Downing Street, to name a few!

 

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This year, 13 runners have taken part in the world’s greatest road race to raise funds for the Children of the Mekong’s Education Centre in Samrong, Northwest Cambodia. Together, our runners have raised a grand total of £15,000. We are so grateful for this contribution, and hope to have even more runners helping us next year, so if you have missed your chance to get involved, do not fret, and make sure you look out for the 2014 British 10K London Run.

Have a look at our Facebook Album! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.564198676954720.1073741832.232636313444293&type=3

However, although the race is over until next summer, there are still ways for you to challenge yourself and support our worthy cause. Some of the other challenges we offer include:

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    • Ben Nevis (Gaelic translation ‘Mountain of Heaven’) Weekend Trek
      Ben Nevis is the highest point in the British Isles, standing at the lofty height of 1343m This challenge will take you into the heart of the Nevis Range, providing breathtaking mountainous land, remote, unspoilt environment and the enchantment of the ancient past.

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    • London to Paris Cycle
      One of the greatest cycle experiences in Europe, moving through small villages and medieval market towns. Through this challenge, you will be able to drink in the romantic atmosphere and leave with a real sense of achievement on sight of the Eiffel Tower

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    • Trek to Angkor Wat
      In the heart of Indonesia, explore the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire through beaten tracks, rice paddy fields and dense forests and villages and be astonished by the ruins and graceful Buddhist temples. This may be one of the tougher challenges to endure, with a hot and dusty route, but your efforts will be rewarded by the finishing point at Angkor Wat, one the most impressive sights in Southeast Asia.
  • can tho4Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Wat Cycle
    Cycle through the stunning rural landscapes, the ruins of ancient civilisation and ramshackle houses. Travel through Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) into Cambodia and be rewarded with fascinating insights into  the region’s both ancient and modern culture

 

Contact us for more details on how to get involved in any of these challenges, or visit our site for more information. http://childrenofthemekong.org/challenge2.html

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