This week SeeBeyondBorders welcomed a project team from the UK and Canada to Cambodia. The team from our corporate partner Aimia arrived in Cambodia on Friday 19th of November, after spending the past year raising a whopping £20,462.49 through several great charity events. Their first few days have been exciting, tiring and eye opening, as they arrived in Phnom Penh and took in the sights of the capital city, then made their way over to Battambang to visit SeeBeyondBorders’ programs.
Sarah from the project team joins tells us what the team have made of their first few days.
“On the first day we really took our time to get used to the city and explore the various temples around Phnom Penh. It’s a complete culture change, there’s endless traffic in the city, cables hanging from electricity poles and searing heat. We looked forward to a good night sleep after travelling.
“On our second day we rode along the Mekong River. We took in the many roadside villages and experienced Cambodian kindness as everyone greeted with us waves and smiles. We stopped at a silk shop where we ate fresh fruit and watched silk weaving.
“We had time at the end of the day to reflect on our experiences in Cambodia so far. Some of the group have visited the country before and could definitely see that there had been rapid growth in Phnom Penh, but wondered if the same could be said for outside of the city. We’re keen to find out what the poorer villages in the countryside are going to be like in comparison”
“Day three was full of contrasts. We travelled to Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields in a brightly coloured bus, despite the gloom that lay ahead. Naturally, some of us were worried about the morning visits, although we know that these experiences are essential in order to understand the impact of Cambodia’s past on its current day development. A tour guide took us round the Tuol Sleng prison, explaining the horrors which took place in this school before recounting her personal story. Our visit to the killing field left us with very few words.
After an eye-opening morning, we made the journey to our next stop in Battambang where we’ll be until Sunday, engaging with the schools where SeeBeyondBorders works, and communities in the surrounding area.
Watch this space for more…