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Ob schnelle News zwischendurch, eigene Presseaussendung oder externer TV- und Zeitungsbericht: Auf dieser Seite sammeln wir für Sie alle Neuigkeiten, die etwas mit unserem Campus, den grossartigen Menschen in Kambodscha oder Smiling Gecko als Organisation zu tun haben.

A voice for Cambodia

We are opening our new cultural centre “The Gong” on 28 June with a big celebration over several days. Here is some background information about the planned event and of course about the building.

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Prix Kronenhalle

From HFZ to Farmhouse Resort

Richard Herren, a graduate of the Hotelfachschule Zürich (HFZ), receives the first “Prix Kronenhalle” and can now look forward to an internship at the Farmhouse Resort. Read more in a short article.

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Review 2023

A lot has happened again on the Smiling Gecko Campus in 2023. In our annual review we show some of the highlights, but also the challenges that we have to face every day.

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Our cultural building site

In our news archive there is now a collection of photos on the construction progress of the “House of Culture and Music”, which we update regularly. Why don’t you take a look?

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Hurray: the new ones are here!

School has started again in Cambodia. For around 100 of the little ones, a new chapter in their lives begins, while for 50 of the older ones, the adventure of middle school begins. We are proud of everyone.

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Recruitment Days at our school

For about 100 children aged 3 years a new life starts in August: They join the Pre-School on the Smiling Gecko Campus. Here is a short report about our exciting Recruitment Days.

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FOUR YOUNG CARPENTERS GRADUATE!

A reason to be happy on the Smiling Gecko Campus: Four of our carpenter apprentices have completed their training and are therefore well prepared for a life with prospects in Cambodia. Here we present the four.

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STORM DESTRUCTIONS ON THE SMILING GECKO CAMPUS

We received bad news from Cambodia. In the early evening hours of June 30, the Smiling Gecko Campus was hit by a severe storm that lasted several hours, which unfortunately caused major damage to buildings and greenhouses, the Farmhouse Resort and the fields.

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OUR JOINERY AT SRF1

Yesterday on Swiss television and already available on our website: the program “mitenand”, with a four-minute portrait of our Cambodian carpenter Pha, who received his training on our campus. Thank you, dear SRF, for being with us in Cambodia. The report turned out great.

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A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM CAMBODIA

The children of our school have recorded a new song. “Heal the World”, the ballad by Michael Jackson, which fits into these crazy times like no other song. Here is the video for it.

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HUMANITARIAN AID STILL ESSENTIAL

The consequences of the corona pandemic are still omnipresent in Cambodia. In a country where there is practically no government support, people are still extremely dependent on the humanitarian aid of Smiling Gecko and other international NPOs. We make our contribution, which we must finance entirely from donations. That’s why

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“A CONTAINER FULL OF MUSIC” ARRIVES AT SMILING GECKO

In November our “container full of music” filled with lots of pianos, drums, guitars, violins, trumpets and flutes started its journey to Cambodia. Now it has finally reached its destination. The children of our school enthusiastically received the instruments and now the instruments are given a second life, spending great

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«MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE»

Once again, the students at our Education Campus rehearsed a Christmas song as a way to convey their thank you to you. The rehearsals and recordings of the well-known Christmas song “Merry Christmas Everyone” by Shakin’ Stevens were a welcomed-change for the children from their everyday life impacted by the

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YEAR END REVIEW 2021

Smiling Gecko Campus YEAR END REVIEW 2021 Dear friends of Smiling Gecko The second Corona year is coming to an end and hereby, we would like to give you a short review of the past year with us in Cambodia. Unfortunately, the situation in Cambodia has not improved. Quite the

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SGC HISF | EDUCATION CAMPUS finally open again

The Covid pandemic and its effects have now lasted much longer than anyone had hoped for at the beginning of the crisis, and the situation in Cambodia has continued to deteriorate in 2021. At our school, it’s been a difficult year as well.

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Corona Video Blog – 04.08.2021 – Hannes Schmid

The situation has not improved; quite the contrary. In order to alleviate the acute situation, Smiling Gecko has been providing emergency humanitarian aid since the beginning of the Corona crisis in March 2020, supporting more than 400 families with over 2,400 family members in the area. Our emergency team regularly

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FAMILIE SARAM – PALMZUCKER BAUERN

Especially in the countryside around the Smiling Gecko area, many families suffer from existential hardship, food shortages and hunger. They are regularly supported by Smiling Gecko with food packages and medical care.

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CORONA VIDEO BLOG – 06.22.2021 – HANNES SCHMID

As a result of health issues and the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, Hannes Schmid was not able to travel to and stay in Cambodia for a long time after his last trip. Despite his compromised medical condition and age as well as the poor medical care facilities close

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FAMILY KHUNG – ANT EGGS HUNTING

The consequences of the global pandemic are often felt even more dramatically in the poorest countries of the world than in Europe. For the people, the loss of a job often means the loss of the only source of income for an entire family.

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Our cultural building site

In our news archive there is now a collection of photos on the construction progress of the “House of Culture and Music”, which we update regularly. Why don’t you take a look?

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