The Institute hosts approximately 120 among children and teenagers and the Director's philosophy is to combine study and sports. For several years the Institute has a basketball camp and wanted to build a football field.
Thanks to the support of NAAA Onlus, which locally supervised the construction, we could achieve the desire of these guys building the soccer field and providing equipment and sportswear for six teams, 3 male and 3 female, of football, volleyball and basketball. We funded for one year courses for these three disciplines at the Institute and at the town primary and secondary schools. Finally we subscribed the teams to national competitions. The structures are now available for al Kampong Thom children.
The goal we want to achieve with this action is twofold. On the one hand, motivate the boys and girls to continue to attend school, because in these areas the school drop-out rate exceeds the 72% and the other to complete their preparation, because sport is an excellent teacher of life.
At the request of the Director of the orphanage we agreed to sponsor the opening of the field. We have to give these guys a moment of pride and to turn locally the spotlight on their condition. We were pleased to see that the goal has been reached.
The ceremony was attended by: local authorities, Cambodian Minister for Social Affairs and Youth Rehabilitation Ith Samheng, and the Secretary General of the Cambodian Olympic Committee, Vath Chamroeun. Thus altough Cambodia was mourning the death of the king father.
They were very exciting moments especially for the boys and girls who have been able to show their progresses in football in front of such a prestigious audience.
With the aim of establishing a direct link of the children with our land an artistic competition was organized which was attended by the 4th elementary school classes, of tje Dante and Goethe schools in Bolzano and by the children of the school visited in Cambodia including the Institute of Kampong Thom. Children had been asked to prepare drawings about sport and their country. 90 children from the orphanage took part and each of them received football uniforms offered by Milan Foundation. Collected drawings were then delivered to the participating schools in Bolzano. In return the orphanage received the football made of paper-mache by the children of Bolzano, who had won the artistic competition.