Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Project nearing completion

My apologises. Was unable to post an update for yesterday, 3 June, due to some issues with the tablet (good for entertainment, not serious work). Also, it looks like we will not be able to upload any photo for this blog until we are back.

The classroom is almost completed. We have levelled up the floor yesterday and also laid the first layer of concrete for the floor. Today, the door frame and remaining wall had been added. Most of the wall had been painted and work on the mural started today. All the window grilles had been fabricated and given a coat of anti-termite paint.

The team had been singing while they worked and this attracted the attention of the students.

The weather had been fine the last 2 days. It had been overcast, which made the day cooler. It is raining quite heavily now. The rain-flies came out and the house lizards all gather near the lights to feast on the flies. Amongst the lizards were two one-foot long geckos, which really amazed the team (and frightened some).

The team visited the Landmine Museum in the afternoon. The Director received the team and gave a brief of the landmine and other unexploded ordnance that are all over Cambodia as a result of the various wars. The team learned that landmines or unexploded ordnance is still a threat to the farmers and that the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) has still a lot of work to do .

On the way back, a stop was made at the Old Market of Siem Reap. There are no shopping centres in Siem Reap, and the Old Market is the place where both locals and tourist visit to buy their daily needs.  There is the wet market section which sells food and meat, and the other part which sells clothing, fashion and dress accessories.  No prize for guessing where most of the time in the market was spent....  Most of the team members had not bargained when buying things before, and felt a sense of accomplishment.

"I think the last few days had been awesome! The ox-cart ride and visit to the village was an eye-opening experience. Finishing the floor of the classroom gave me a sense of accomplishment." Aide

"I have learnt a lot in the past few days. We should not take things for granted. I felt pity for the children, as they walk around bare-footed. Yet they are happy and contended. I have learnt that we should cherish what we have." Thor Jiaxin

 Using an "Elephant Foot" to flatten the floor

 Not sure if they are painting the wall or their arms

 Putting the finishing touch to the window grilles

 Learning to mix concrete the manual method

Probably the only time I get to lay bricks

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