Hey there family and friends,
Its been a long few days without internet, and we have been up to a lot.
This week we started a new project at the local school. We building water catchment system so that students can have access to water in the dry season. This required a lot of heavy lifting, diligent cement mixing, and precise brick laying.
Aside from construction the volunteers also spent a morning teaching english to the students of the school. Considering that this was the first time that many of them had taught children at all it was a valuable learning experience for everyone involved.
Then of course there are the elephants. Everyday the Volunteers went to feed the elephants and even bath with them. On Saturday afternoon Arun Ria (the younger of the two Ele’s) accompanied us to the forest to perform a ritual. By tying blessed cloths around trees in the forest we are protecting them from logging. In Buddhist culture cuttin down a tree protected by one of these blessed cloths would bring a life time of bad luck, and not many Cambodians are willing to take that sort of risk.
Today we said our goodbyes to the the elephants and made our way to Siem Reap for the next stage in our adventure. Tomorrow work in the the Village begins!