June 14. Happy.

The time at SSF is wonderful. I feel happy. I would like to work for such an organization when I am big. But will they let me? Ah, will they? They want me to have a diploma. Did napoleon have a diploma? I am so happy here.
We go to the marketplace again to buy some supplies and I see an icebreaker. That would be a nice present if you want to break the ice, I think. We take pictures at the market. Happy.

I learn a lot at SSF.

We have to move on, and decide to sleep early – Vichetr will bring us to Phnom Phen tomorrow morning.

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June 14. Happy.

The time at SSF is wonderful. I feel happy. I would like to work for such an organization when I am big. But will they let me? Ah, will they? They want me to have a diploma. Did napoleon have a diploma? I am so happy here.
We go to the marketplace again to buy some supplies and I see an icebreaker. That would be a nice present if you want to break the ice, I think. We take pictures at the market. Happy.

I learn a lot at SSF.

We have to move on, and decide to sleep early – Vichetr will bring us to Phnom Phen tomorrow morning.

June 13.

The guesthouse is comfortable, and we got a good night’s rest. The following morning we show up at the foundation and organize a paper maché workshop with the children. This time, there are no disasters and the little ones show their amazing creativity again.

In the afternoon, we visit several of the villages that SSF supports. They are doing poverty alleviation by sustainable donations. In our case, then we decide to donate cows to poor families, that means that the families are supervised and won’t sell the cows off to fulfill immediate desires. The concept has proven to be efficient and is so convincing that we decide to make a larger donation than usual. Yes it feels good: due to my money three families, a dozen people or more, would potentially be lifted out of poverty, the children woould have a future and education instead of falling prey to the ruthless traffickers.

The worldcup has started and we watch some soccer games at night, back at the guesthouse.

June 13.

The guesthouse is comfortable, and we got a good night’s rest. The following morning we show up at the foundation and organize a paper maché workshop with the children. This time, there are no disasters and the little ones show their amazing creativity again.

In the afternoon, we visit several of the villages that SSF supports. They are doing poverty alleviation by sustainable donations. In our case, then we decide to donate cows to poor families, that means that the families are supervised and won’t sell the cows off to fulfill immediate desires. The concept has proven to be efficient and is so convincing that we decide to make a larger donation than usual. Yes it feels good: due to my money three families, a dozen people or more, would potentially be lifted out of poverty, the children woould have a future and education instead of falling prey to the ruthless traffickers.

The worldcup has started and we watch some soccer games at night, back at the guesthouse.

June 12. SSF my love.

We get up, move towards the river, order breakfast, buy bus tickets to Kampong Speu, where the foundation we are working with is located, and wait for our pickup service. The jolly, chubby man selling me these tickets has acquired a comfortable space with a view in the citadelle of my memory. Kampong Speu is just about 50 kilometers down the road, but speeding is not an option here even the tarmac is tempting the traffic is tough.
We jump off the bus where instructed and call Shannon, a volunteer working for SSF picks us up on a bicycle. The Sao Sary Foundation (SSF) is located behind the market, about ten minutes walk from the bus stop. SSF’s mission is to prevent child trafficking by alleviating poverty in five rural villages. Their concept works really well, and many children can go to school thanks to the support of the foundation. We meet Vichetr Uon, the director, who will become a friend of mine, and have good conversations about SSF and what we could do here.

And we can do something straight away! Overcoming my remaining shyness I suggest we could do our workshop (or simply: playing hour) with the kids and yes it is possible. We have just arrived here but the kids are enthousiastic  and there is no better way to introduce ourselves. We start off with some stretching and yoga exercises, then we jump and do some freestyle aerobics. Hopping on one leg, laying the other leg on your knee, then getting as low and possible followed by a full turn is hilarious and I am proud to have invented it. After the jumping, we do some children games,
After the warming up, we introduce some pantomime to them. The virtual balloon, along with the virtual needle, are great assets . The children at SSF are very creative and when we ask them to imitate certain jobs or animals, they do so with great inventiveness.
It is a beautiful day, and we discuss current issues with Vichetr and the volunteers as they use to do. This is a good place.

June 12. SSF my love.

We get up, move towards the river, order breakfast, buy bus tickets to Kampong Speu, where the foundation we are working with is located, and wait for our pickup service. The jolly, chubby man selling me these tickets has acquired a comfortable space with a view in the citadelle of my memory. Kampong Speu is just about 50 kilometers down the road, but speeding is not an option here even the tarmac is tempting the traffic is tough.
We jump off the bus where instructed and call Shannon, a volunteer working for SSF picks us up on a bicycle. The Sao Sary Foundation (SSF) is located behind the market, about ten minutes walk from the bus stop. SSF’s mission is to prevent child trafficking by alleviating poverty in five rural villages. Their concept works really well, and many children can go to school thanks to the support of the foundation. We meet Vichetr Uon, the director, who will become a friend of mine, and have good conversations about SSF and what we could do here.

And we can do something straight away! Overcoming my remaining shyness I suggest we could do our workshop (or simply: playing hour) with the kids and yes it is possible. We have just arrived here but the kids are enthousiastic  and there is no better way to introduce ourselves. We start off with some stretching and yoga exercises, then we jump and do some freestyle aerobics. Hopping on one leg, laying the other leg on your knee, then getting as low and possible followed by a full turn is hilarious and I am proud to have invented it. After the jumping, we do some children games,
After the warming up, we introduce some pantomime to them. The virtual balloon, along with the virtual needle, are great assets . The children at SSF are very creative and when we ask them to imitate certain jobs or animals, they do so with great inventiveness.
It is a beautiful day, and we discuss current issues with Vichetr and the volunteers as they use to do. This is a good place.