After saying our good byes to the children and meeting a family of eight who had received a household well and latrine through ChildFund’s project, we then got back into the truck to visit the next school. It was just five kilometres away but made for another bumpy journey.
The group had fun playing some outdoor games under a big shady tree with the students at this school. There was no punishment for losing this time but again we lost because we still hadn`t quite grasped all of their instructions, which the kids found very funny.
While we were playing games at the school, Sue €“ one of our team members €“ had the opportunity to meet her sponsored child. Seven-year-old Rith was a quiet little girl who was accompanied by her mum and dad. Sue, whose been a sponsor with ChildFund Australia for nearly 15 years, loved the experienced and was almost speechless after the encounter €“ which is a rarity for her!
Our final school was much further away. The community was very remote. They had never had a group of westerners visit so we had plenty of inquisitive parents who came to meet us too.
The school was wooden and quite rundown. ChildFund Cambodia is currently working to secure funding to build a new school building for the village. The children at this school warmed to us immediately and we had a lot of fun playing with them. We also pulled up our sleeves and helped some of the community members who were building a new fence for the school.
The whole day was a truly amazing experience that none of us will ever forget. It was incredible to see how the team`s fundraising is making such a big difference in the lives of children and their communities in remote, rural Cambodia.