Tiny Toones will establish three new outreach centers in 2009. Programs to be provided will be similar to the ongoing offering of Tiny Toones.
Tiny Toones will hire one local full-time administrator. They will also hire one full-time Khmer administrator, who will assume an international placement for training in non-profit management, prior to returning to Cambodia to continue as an administrator.
Tiny Toones Cambodia will implement along with BABSEA's support, which includes fundraising, fiscal agency and financial management services, technical support and capacity-building.
- New Outreach Centers: 3
- Number of children served: 900
- New Administrators: 2
Tuy Sobil (a.k.a. 'KK'), Founder and Creative Director of Tiny Toones Cambodia, embodies the spirit behind our Commitment to Action. KK is a Khmer who was born in 1977 in a Thai Refugee camp. After being granted Refugee status, KK moved with his family to Long Beach, California, USA, to forge a new life after Pol Pot.
KK first started break-dancing at 8-years-old, and went on to win many awards and break-dancing battles with his crew. Sadly, KK's life took an unfortunate turn in his later teenage years, and he ended up into drugs, gangs, and crime. After eight years of incarceration, in November 2004, KK was deported to Cambodia-a country he had never lived in. But soon thereafter, KK found work as a drug outreach worker and started Tiny Toones in order to give poor youths in Cambodia a fun and healthful way to build self-esteem. In late 2007, KK was able to devote all of his energy to Tiny Toones so that he could expand its scale and scope of services.
KK's experience is not dissimilar to those of many poor youths in Cambodia who have been born to difficult circumstances, relocated, and neglected. Part of the country's development over the past few years has involved the Government-sponsored forced relocation of pockets of poorer residents of Phnom Penh to areas of very little infrastructure (roads, water, electricity) and very few services (schools, hospitals, markets, employment opportunities, public transport). The residents also lost access to the many NGO's that provide services in their former neighborhoods in Phnom Penh. Indeed, Tiny Toones was one of these NGO's. Now the organization seeks to re-connect with these communities in their new locations, and extend the reach of its services.
The new outreach centers will offer the following programs:
1) Dance classes
3) Khmer Literacy; and
4) Harm Reduction (hygiene, HIV, violence, etc).
The centers also serve as a base for the coordination of public dance performances, both paid and unpaid.