Firstly, because I'm sure you're all dying to know, Nicky and I are both over the worst of our bug!
The last couple of days we've been visiting Ol'tuch and the school we've built here and seeing how much our money has changed the lives of these people in such a little time.
We left Ban Lung (our base in Ratanakiri (which translates to the jewel of the moutain)) at 7am, on a 30minute journey in the UWS 4x4, we've keep being told by different people that just a couple of months ago the same journey would have taken at least 2hrs as there were no roads through the jungle. The roads have been bull-dozed and fine to drive in the hot and dry conditions - however, as the "roads" are what we would call mud-tracks there are going to be some problems in the wet season.
This morning, we had a scare and thought for a moment we wouldn't make it to the school, as there was a 12-seater car stuck on the "bridge" (couple of planks of wood over a stream) (see the picture). Lucky for us, the fantastic Sita (UWS Manager in Cambodia) saved the day and pulled the car off the bridge using the trusty 4x4!
We then got to the school, and the children were ready for us, sat in the new school, waving, clapping and excited to see us again, as our car approached the village. Words can't explain how overwhelming it was to see these kids so excited, we had over 100 kids in class this morning.
When we arrived at the school yesterday we went to the old meeting house which is temporarily being used as a school, gathered the kids up and sent them to the new school building and also took a tour of the village to get as many kids as possible over to the school! The class started with some singing, followed by colouring, story time and finishing with PE.
Today, we did the same, some singing, which included the Khamer (Cambodian) version of Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes! They just need to practice the tune now!
We then went out to play some ball! Arranging games for 100 children was chaos! But also very fun to watch! Especially in the toddlers group! The kids loved it!
Next was some colouring time! its was shocking to see how many of the kids didn't know what to do with a colouring pencil, once they'd mastered it, there was no stopping them! Using their coloured in pictures we made up some stories and sang some more songs! Before heading back to Ban Lung for a swim in the crater lake and some food!
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