So today was supposed to be an organisational day until we found out that there was no school tomorrow and so we decided to do all the class photos all day in their 10 minute breaks! These kids have never had class photos that we take for granted so much in Australia so this will be a real treat for them. The process involved getting Kaann to come with us to 2 classrooms at a time and asking the teacher to let their class know to come to the photo spot at the break. At the break we then had to organise the children very quickly to stand/sit in some semblance of order and smile while looking at the camera with a huge language barrier! Keep in mind some of these classes have 50 children in them! We were exhausted by the end of the day. We asked the English teachers to take the photos as we want this to be a sustainable project where the cameras we donated to the school will continue to be used and so if they are comfortable and confident in using the cameras they will utilise them.
We also spent the day talking to the librarian and administrators about what they would like us to purchase for the school and it was such basic stuff that it nearly broke my heart. They shouldn’t have to beg volunteers for stuff like A4 paper and glue for goodness sake! When I told Sraal that we were going to try and buy the printer tomorrow he was like a kid at Christmas he was so excited… a PRINTER!? A basic printer.. the mind boggles at how lucky we have it back home. I also quickly realised that we might not have enough money to cover everything they wanted and I really wanted to give them as much as possible so I put the word out to my facebook page and my beautiful, gorgeous, wonderful family and friends rallied and we managed to raise an additional $400 in a few hours! I am so incredibly grateful for their generosity and wish them lots of good karma! I can vouch that their money is going to a truly wonderful cause. These kids live in the most primitive conditions with barely enough to survive but for those few hours at school they are happy, learning and bettering themselves and will hopefully break that cycle of poverty.
Another great part of the day was the bus trip home from lunch where we started teaching our translators some English songs like the Backstreet boys and then Pech surprised us by knowing Robbie Williams’ Angel so we all sang it together. Great bunch of people I am working with.
After school Tara and I were on a mission to go to a market up the road which the guy from Rosie’s told us sold Vegemite! We set off and found it and it was like winning lotto .. not only did they have vegemite but they had Cadbury chocolate, Magnum iceblocks and cheese! $35 later I had stocked up on goodies :/
When I got home I had to grab Sophie and meet Lisa to go and talk to the guy about getting my tattoo over here. He was very good a French guy and his tattoo shop is called Lex Roulor Tattoo shop http://www.lexroulor.com I have decided to get a traditional Cambodian flower called the Rumdul and the quote “To travel is to live”
We then went to dinner with our beautiful hostess Davy at a great restaurant called Soria Maria Hotel for their $1 night which included a huge array of tapas and drinks for just $1 each. Such a bargain and the food and drinks were beautiful. Soria Moria is a small cheerful hotel with a special touch, located in the center of Siem Reap. The hotel was established in 2007 by a Norwegian couple with a strong interest in the sustainable development of tourism and several years of experience with living and working in Cambodia. In 2011 all employees were made partners and owners in the business, which makes Soria Moria the first employee-owned hotel in Cambodia. Check out their website to see what a great business this is http://thesoriamoria.com/about-us/
Lauren was keen to go into town and do some more shopping and I am always up for a $3 foot massage so we went to the Night Markets (again!) I bought a couple of presents for Savannah and got a ½ hour foot massage (man I am going to miss these when I get home.. Gary you might have to get skilled up!)
Another wonderful day in Cambodia and another day where I feel blessed to be alive. xx