New PEPY Tours Site Launch

Posted on: February 22, 2008 Posted by: Admin Comments: 0

New PEPY Tours Site Launch

By Daniela Papi

Students in Cambodia using the XO Laptop

Here you are, checking out our new site, so there’s no need for me to tell you…. we’ve launched our new site! Exciting! Many many thanks to Adam Little for designing and developing this site and for putting up with our changes and barrage of ideas. This has been a multi-month process and we are so happy to get this new site out to y’all!

This new site comes at a time of many changes for PEPY. With Meas Aline at the helm of our non-profit program development, we are going down new paths and really paving the way for future PEPY programs to be more sustainable and relevant for the communities with whom we are working. You will read more about Aline’s work with the Participatory Rural Assessment in the coming days. Maryann and I have been up at the school for the week and have been blown away by the work she and Tolors have been doing.

This site is coming out just as we are delivering the XO “$100 Laptops” to the PEPY Ride School. This first week we have been dealing with software updates and technical problems, but even amidst this slight chaos, the students have been eager to learn and excited about their new laptops. Two nights ago, as I was working in the English classroom in the evening, students began trickling into the open classroom door one by one to see what I was doing. Eventually the sun had set and all the room was aglow with 30 kids, from age 4-16, playing on 20 XOs, and exploring the programs that appealed to them. They were using the music making program to compose their own tunes and taking turns making videos of themselves, all the while facinated by this new learning tool.

 

Students at the PEPY Ride School

 

This site is launching just as solar is being added to the PEPY Ride School, enough to power the 100 XOs and laptops for our teachers. This will not only be more environmentally friendly for us, but will also (hopefully!) save us money on gasoline in the long run.

As this site comes out, we are interviewing for a new accountant as our lovely Chenda has just been approved for a US visa and will be leaving to learn English in just a few weeks. We are excited for her, but will be so sad to see her go.

Although it’s still on our site (we know!), the February PEPY Ride is pulling into the beaches of Sihanoukville, the final destination of their cycle journey from the capital. We are also about to announce our first bike ride in Laos…. keep checking in 🙂

And, as you read this, Aline is planning more interviews. Next Thursday she will interview candidates for the Child Facilitator roles, people in the community of Chanleas Dai who will lead student club meetings to disseminate health and educational information throughout the community powered by student initiatives.

It’s all happening!

PEPY Tours is a social venture making these educational programs and inspiring tours of Cambodia possible, and we hope you enjoy our new interactive platform from which to learn about our work. An even better way to learn about our work though is to come out and join us, so please do! Welcome to PEPY Tours!

– Daniela