On the 5th March 2017, I left for Siem Reap with my friend Robyn for 10 days of work at our 9 Primary Schools. That afternoon, friends Trish, Jo and Melba from Adelaide, South Australia arrived in Siem Reap to join me.
The plan for this visit was to provide maintenance to some of our schools. This time it is paving and Toteungtgnay and Prey Prah are the chosen schools. Also whirly birds are to be placed on the roofs of each classroom at Toteungtgnay, Thnal Dach and Prey Prah.
A toothbrush and toothpaste for every student was also on the agenda and Robyn, Trish, Melba and I had a busy time handing these items out. (Joe nominated himself as photographer.) Bunrith was again called upon to demonstrate to the children how to use the toothbrush and toothpaste.
Library books for each school were also on the agenda with Bunrith and Rosa taking us to the stationery store where the five of us spread out and gathered a selection of books. It was with extreme pleasure that I watched Robyn, Melba, Trish and Joe purchase their selection of books for the school of the day.
We also paid for Mr Saren, our builder, to provide a new wrought iron gate at Beoung PS. When we arrived at Beoung I was surprised to see a new brick fence had been constructed in between our last visit in October/November and this visit. This had come about by fundraising by the villagers to make it safe for the children while they are at school.
When we arrived at Phum O PS I was also pleasantly surprised to find a new brick fence constructed by the villagers. The Commune Chief had decided that the village should contribute to this school as well.
Another successful trip.