Since my last update, I have gotten to see a little more of Cambodia. A few weeks ago, one of the year 13 students at school decided to work together with a radio show that was taking supplies out to the flooded provinces. He asked students and parents at school to donate food, toiletries and clothes to collect, and in the end we had 350 bags of food and a good sized pile of clothes to take to Prey Veng. I had the opportunity to go with a group of people from Hope to deliver the supplies. For the past couple of months, the flooding in Cambodia has been very bad. After a long bus ride, we loaded the packages onto a boat and rode for an hour over rice patties and homes that were covered in around 3 meters of water to an island where the poorest people from the 10 surrounding villages were waiting for us. It was good for me to see the reality of village life outside of the city, but it also broke my heart. As we were handing out food and antibiotics, I understood more of the poverty and hopelessness that is present in this country. These people had lost the little that they had and were stuck sitting on small islands just waiting for the water to go down before they could try to start their lives again. I’m still struggling with understanding how we, in the community I am living in, can continue living the lives that we are when all of this is going on. So knowing how to respond and also how to think about it is a challenge.
On a different note, our new choir and band at school had the opportunity to perform for the first time this past weekend! It started to rain right before we started, so everything was moved to a covered area. The kids handled it all so well, and people seemed to really enjoy the performances which is encouraging. J I am very proud of them!