I learned that there are more to be done here. The trip was an affirmation of that thought. Without seeing it myself, I would not realize the condition that the children are facing. I felt that we are here only for a short time and what I have gathered needed long term help and long term effect. There are more things that I wanted to do and that was to stay involve and keep coming back so that my action will have longer effect for the children in this community. I am not quite sure how I will come back or what I will be involve with, but I know for sure that it will happen.
I have never felt so sure of anything else. Thanks to this trip; I felt that I have a greater purpose. That purpose is to help serve my community. The friendship and the love I felt with the children, the team, CTA staff and YMCA staff. The friendship and trust was easily developed in a short period of time because we all had one thing in common and that is our love for our community. I have grown to love them so much that I still chat with them.
My important take away from this trip is that we can’t fix or improve things in one trip. We must pursue this forever. Stay involve and like Kelley said, take a stand! The people in Cambodia are so polite, kind, and meek, they taught me so much. I love the people in Srok Khmer, I am so proud to call myself a Cambodian. They teach me kindness and patience, which are things that I will always work on in my entire lifetime. ”
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