Siem Reap Day 2
Today was a very hectic day and everyone was definitely exhausted by the time we arrived back at the hotel for dinner. We started off with breakfast at 7:15am, the rode tuk tuks into the rural areas of Siem Reap. This is where we helped a family to build their house, had a tour around a village, then joined in on a lesson at the school where we will be teaching for the following two days.
Even though the tuk tuk rides to and from the hotel were long, they were surprisingly comfortable. The views along the way were spectacular, and the Cambodians were very nice too. Many of them waved to us as we drove past.
Building the house was tiring, but it was satisfying to see the parts slowing come together. Our group of 21 was allocated different roles, some hammered down floor panels, some built bamboo racks for the roof and walls, and others attached weaved palm leaves onto the racks. Everyone showed great determination and cooperation throughout the morning, which allowed us to complete our tasks with high efficiency. For today, we completed three wall panels and finished paving the floor. We aim to finish putting the entire house together in the next two days.
We hear about people living under the poverty line all the time, but what image do we have of them? We went to visit the community centre, school and homes of people who were in type 1 and type 2 poverty. After seeing the villagers and their rice fields, it was really heartbreaking knowing that they deserve so much more, their welcoming attitude and smiling faces made the tour much more enjoyable.
We then went to visit a school built by HUSK, although compared to Hong Kong, their school didn’t have as many facilities. But there were definitely more smiles than the schools in Hong Kong, the children were enthusiastic and eager to learn, they were very excited to be in a classroom learning about the world. Today we watched a lesson taught by the teachers at the school, tomorrow we will be leading the lesson.
Reflecting on our attitude and the children’s attitude, we really put the label ‘Burden’, on the idea of school, instead of an exciting opportunity to learn. The children really make the best out of what they are given and are grateful and excited for all the opportunities.
Vanessa and Zinei