Just a day or so after making the move to our new DDP office site, we had a staff meeting on the large front porch. Normally we would have used our meeting room but the staff complained it was full of mosquitoes–it was!—so we moved our first meeting in the new building outdoors and Sokly explained about some of our personnel policy.
DDP has a Job Training Project and one of our placements for training of young deaf women is at Bi Salon, where ten of our students are trained in various parts of the operations of a beauty salon. Ms. Kem Khemara, a local businesswoman who spent seven years in Japan, owns the salon and has been the driving force in welcoming and training our students who have done very well under her tutelage.
Last week Khemara surprised us by bringing her stylists to DDP and cutting our students’ and staff’s hair in an impromptu salon on our new front porch. It was a wonderful experience, especially for many of the deaf young women who seldom if ever have their hair cut like that, and we sincerely thank Khemara and her staff for their generosity with their time and their talents!
Once the trucks were unloaded, the staff were eager to get settled in their new offices and work spaces. Click here to see the different offices.
Click here to see the unloading of the trucks at the new DDP office site.
On moving day we gathered at the old office and loaded two trucks that made multiple trips to the new office. Click here to see the activity at the old office.
After a lot of thought and planning, it was time to make the move, and the first step was to box up everything in the old DDP office and get it ready for the moving trucks. Click here to see the activity.
After reaching an agreement with the landlord about using his property for the new location of the Deaf Development Programme, we started visiting the site to make plans. Click here to see some of the planning trips in October and November.
We moved our office to a new site last week (I’ll be starting a series of photos about that tomorrow) and today we got a surprise at the new site when the main waterline from the street broke. It took us a long time to find and dig up the cutoff valve and then it wouldn’t work so we plugged the incoming pipe with a cap held on by a brick and the concrete buttress until Sokly our director could run out and get a piece of replacement pipe and get it connected. Well done, Sokly!
Last week we celebrated graduations for our Year 2 students in Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham and Kampot Provinces. Click here to see the graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh.
Recently DDP was contacted by a local station’s producer who wanted to do a short segment on DDP and its work. Today he came to interview a couple of our staff and one of the deaf students. We hope to see the results on air in a few days!