MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our Karuna Family & Friends

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Dear Friends of Karuna,

The Karuna Kids are now well and truly growing into young adults as they enter the last years of middle and high school. We have now had 5 of our senior students graduate from high school and move into tertiary training.
The eldest, Kheun, is learning new skills with SOS training, one of our vocational partners. Another has commenced teacher training college, 2 have embarked on business and accounting training and the fifth has plans to commence a small shop in her village of Srei Samot. These kids are an inspiration to all the others in their community and especially to those who have followed them into Karuna’s senior school centre in Siem Reap to complete their studies.

We will continue to support 17 kids at the Siem Reap centre from the beginning of the new school year commencing in July/August. The youngest will be going into year 9 and the rest are either in years 10 to 12 or completing VET courses.
All are undertaking English courses and improving their computer skills.

As initially planned 10 years ago, the Varin Centre has been handed back to the monks at the Pagoda who are now using the facilities to care for vulnerable children and to teach Bhuddism literature. Two of the existing buildings have been relocated to the small villages of Kokandal and Srei Samot. One of these buildings has been transformed into a workshop to enable the older kids to learn mechanical skills and repair bikes, motor scooters, tractors and other items. The second building has been transformed into a home and retail outlet for the girls to design, manufacture and sell textiles and clothing to their community.

We would like to sincerely thank you for your past and continued support as we develop new initiatives to help their community become self sustainable through their children.

We wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Phil & Cathy Kiely

Other news

Crabhouse, a Bloody Musical
Crabhouse, A Bloody Musical is being showcased on 9th May 2013
Thursday, 21 March 2013

Karuna visits Mt Kulen
The children of Karuna paid a special visit to Mt Kulen to light incense at the sacred site of the lying Buddah as a mark of respect for the recently deceased King Siannouk
Friday, 15 March 2013

Solar Power for Varin
Solar power has finally come to the Children's Centre in Varin
Tuesday, 4 December 2012

July 2012 Report
Here is the report sent to all our members and friends
Monday, 29 October 2012

Karuna Gala Concert
A wonderful evening of music featuring Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt in the Stunning surrounds of Government House was held on May 14 2011
Monday, 11 July 2011

Scholarship Program commences
The scholarship program provides funds for the older children to live in Siem Reap in our new home.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The first Newsletter of the Karuna Children's Centre is now online To see it in Graphical format go to or read it in text form below
Wednesday, 16 June 2010

English lessons for all!
During the hottest months of February, March and early April 2010, Cathy ventured up to Varin to establish a program of English lessons for the different age groups at the centre and spent time in the local schools as well teaching English to over 200 children.
Friday, 23 April 2010

Children learn Khmer dancing skills
Karuna children are learning how to dance traditional Cambodian movements
Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Rice Bank
A Rice Bank has been established for the Karuna Children's Centre thanks to the generous donations of the people of Gymea.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010