Early Days at Cambodian Childrens Fund (CCF)
Khan Doun Penh, Cambodia
We are blown away by the level of poverty. CCF is located on the outsirts of Phnom Penh in an area that was/is a smoldering dump. CCF is an oasis in a desolate land.
We both work with two groups of students each day, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Students go to school for 1/2 day and its an extreme provilege to get to go. All of the teachers are Cambodian and are dedicated to their work. There is a vocational training program that trains bakers and each day the students are sent home with a loaf of bread.
Little do we know how fortunate we are. There is absolutely no waste. Both sides of the paper are used. Students get 1 pencil/pen a month and some students share pens. However there are computers that are used broadly to teach math.
We have a great appreciation for the difficulty of learning another language. We're trying to add 2 words a day and its a struggle! However we've absolutely gone native with dealing with the rule-less traffic as well as eating in streetside restaurants where we are the only Westerners. Of course we have no clue what we're ordering! So far so good.