Update from the projects team

We did think of the teachers on the bus for 6 hours as we had a leisurely lunch and a swim before getting down to the hard work of shopping for the ingredients to make skipping ropes (Yes – hard).  We made up 20 ropes of varying sizes and invited the tuktuk drivers to have a go which quickly wiped the smirks off their faces! 

Monday we were off to see progress on some of our projects.  First was the addition of a third room on to the school at Srer Russey.  It was good to see the sand-pit we had built on our very first SeeBeyondBorders trip in 2009 was still operational even if the sand was a bit depleted.  Next was the teachers’ house under construction at Chrok Sdeak, a school we funded in 2011.  The teacher Eang who speaks good English and became a monk for 12 months, was looking forward to moving out of the pagoda, as were the other teachers sharing a classroom with food-stealing mice. 

We then visited one of the mini-schools (Rumlech) to gift our skipping ropes before getting to Banteay Prieb in the middle of a thunderstorm.  In conjunction with “Better Lives” we funded the construction of a separate administration building to allow expansion of the teaching facilities, which they have just moved into.  Dinner at Banteay Prieb was prepared for us by some of the physically disabled resident students.  Students come here from all over Cambodia to study a skills course (motorcycle mechanics, electronics, sewing, wood carving, shoe making, etc.) and live as a community at Banteay Prieb for a year.  The place is magical and the welcome by those who face such profound challenges is utterly humbling.   The best we could offer were renditions of Waltzing Matilda and Old McDonald Had a Farm – at least the animal noises were a universal language.  We plied the students with some Aussie produce and the Tim Tams were popular but not so the cheese and vegemite…  On the bus tomorrow to join the others in Battambang… 

Back roads driving

Chrok Sdeak school building (new teachers’ house to right)
 

Chrok Sdeak new teachers’ house under construction

Chrok Sdeak new teachers’ house under construction

Chrok Sdeak potential students

Banteay Prieb student hosted dinner

Banteay Prieb students encountering cheese with Vegemite !

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Author: SeeBeyondBorders

SeeBeyondBorders provides children in Cambodia with access to quality teaching and learning at school. Our approach is through sustainable development, helping communities help themselves.

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