“We will be working in two schools when we arrive in Hanchey (Kampong Cham). One of the schools is primarily populated with children from the Khmer (Cambodian) community. The other is primarily children from the Cham community. It is a tribal community, predominantly Muslim, that live along the Mekong and overlap into Vietnam. In both cases the entire community is being invited for exams, if they feel the need. We will be hosted by a charity called Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA).
Arrangements were made for four rooms to be cleared and a couple of them darkened in each school. Local Rotary Club members were arranged to assist with translation and whatever else needs to be done. It’s a great way to meet some local Khmer.
On our first day, we saw over 400 people (mostly the school children, some adult teachers and volunteers) in our day. It was 37 degrees, with no power, no fans.”