How do I describe what it feels like to give selflessly? Jake and I walked to the nearby homes of our placement and distributed food items, the gratitude expressed by the children and families was overwhelming but what was most rewarding was watching the joy experienced by Jake as he brought happiness to those around him . The whole group later discussed how they could assist those nearby families .
Many conversations have occurred around what else we can give, what we will do next time, how can we give more – the whole group has united together and want nothing more than to help this community and further extend on the work we have started. We will look into providing Soccer goals and fixing their main oval area hopefully before we depart. The walls of the kindergarten have now been bricked and we started rendering walls today. The vegetable garden was primed with manure , imagine the sensational smell in the bus on the way home 🙂 what is remarkable is that no one complains – the focus of our trip is always what is important.
Later in the afternoon we ventured to the War Museum , our tour guide was Moun Sinath , he has worked for the War Museum for the last 11 years. Being a war veteran, he served the Cambodian army before he got injured by a landmine whereby he lost his right leg. In 1979 Moun Sinath joined the Cambodian army and started fighting against the Khmer Rouge in approximately the Soutr Nikom district, the Svay Leu district and the Banteay Srei district in Siem Reap. Most of his time he stayed at a military base, but he fought nearly every day against the Khmer Rouge. Although Moun Sinath got shot 3 times, approximately in 1982, 1985 and 1987, he retired after losing his right leg due to a landmine in the Svay Leu district in Siem Reap in 1988. The reality of the killing fields was made abundantly real .
The whole visit only reiterated the importance of what we are doing here and why it is so important . We ended our placement today being mobbed by students who wanted stickers and they lined the street as our bus left today and the reality we would be leaving these amazing students in less than a week starting to sink in , it will be very emotional to leave .