The villagers home are wide spreaded close to their farms. The children have to go long distances to the school. The children are open and facing. Less children show up. They are all busy harvesting soja. Many young girls, aged 9 attend our workshops with their younger siblings, aged 2 to 4.
The workshops “School is Cool” is the key element of the volunteer-project. That is, what we all came for. The goal is to teach them skills that is normally part of early education like drawing, sports as ball games, frisbee, dancing, singing, theatre, friends bracelets, sewing, playing games. The mission is to achieve that education is fun.
Returning with happy dirty feet, very much like the 100 UWS children of the village “Kham”, we spent our three days with. The pool of Phum Khmer village seemed double the size and our mobile very best friend.
The break day is very much to reflect and regain energy. We set off again more experienced, less nervous, but douple determined to contribute and perfom best possible. We heard Leakhenas story. More from our story on October 18th, 2019.
Dinner at sunset on the Taraboat was the end of our 10 days programm Introduction to Cambodia. The Boattour takes you through Floating villages, whole communities on water. A challenge, when small children with snakes around their body beg for money. Education is this the tool to everything, also them? In the evening one more trip to the local markets, massage, drinks for eveyone. Tomorrow we are off in the first UWS-School and offline for three days.
Babel is a cell for people who find solutions to problems.They are aware of it and it is because they think and act global. The problems are often more evident here. Cambodia seems to be ahead of us in fighting for plastic. We will take some of the dynamic back to Germany. We would not know and perceive this if we had not been here.
The Angkor Temples at 5.15am just after sunrise. Rain instead of the gloomy orange sunlight illuminating the setting brings something else in. Old history and the silk factory representing cambodian tradition and present time were part of the programm of day six and seven.
Babel Tuk-Tuk' drivers are cool. You need them in Siem Reap. Siem Reap offers huge markets on clothes to shop, jummy asian and western food, a comfort-zone, close to ours and an insight view on global issues like childsafety, no plastic, fair wages. Exciting four days ahead of us.
We were packed, but not quite that much. Our aircon mini-van was very much that style. We had to squeeze in twelve big packpacks, two great boxes of educational games, handbags plus twelve passangers plus the driver. It was fun. Read more.
eight out ot three rooms full of the same cold anonymized black and white photos. 18.000 belonging to the elite ot the interlectuals who were killed in the prison Tuol Sleng (S21). The concept was to anonymize them to make it easier to torture them until they would confess. Read more..