Everything happen for a reason and God is the best planners ever. Joyful, happiness, painful or even the saddest feeling in this life happened for some reasons behind. I feel so grateful to be a part of this awesome program. Sharing what I have and keep improving my self to be better. I am sure, I don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross my path for a reason. 10 different countries as the member of ASEAN were gathering and bring mission to be the real Eco – Leaders. Dare to share knowledge and raising awareness towards some positive changes. Bridging all the differences and working hard for community.
In this program, I totally excited to share about ASEAN identity to the local community in Krakor Floating Village through some interesting games. The games were originally made for addressing some knowledge about ASEAN and all of the countries member.
I am part of Chicken team with 9 others chicken warriors were playing “matching flag countries”, “blowing cup balls” through 10 cups which appealing as the representative member countries of ASEAN, and “snack eye blinding” to find out 10 flag countries in the fastest time. All of the games have goals about teamwork, endurance, sacrifice, struggle, trust, memorizing and also attention to details.
Other interesting part in this program was sharing knowledge about hygiene education to elementary school students. It such an incredible chance to share one of important thing to get healthy life. Chicken warriors and I were sharing about how important to do hand washing and how to wash hands properly. I really happy seeing their excitement while following each instruction. They do aware with the importance of hand washing. We did practice and demonstrate about seven ways to do hand washing properly by singing happy birthday song and they did it very well. I am really grateful when seeing their spirit to learn and never give up with the conditions. How amazing they are!
I got some blissful moments here and thanks God for all the amazing things that are happening. I learned many new things from local community. Their life are so simple. They keep living in the floating village with some hard conditions that usually happened. Flood, clean water scarcity, bad sanitation, difficult access to move one house to another, or even some diseases might be attack them. They keep the story going on and never give up with the condition. They keep surviving in that village even though should go so far away to get clean water. Some of them do aware with the importance of having clean water to be used in daily activity such as cooking, showering, washing clothes or dishes. However, some of them need to be raised their awareness about clean water and avoid them to not to use water from the lake directly for daily use.
I did really impress with Kim Rethy, 17 years old , 10th grade senior high school student. I really surprised when he introduced himself in English when we distributing hygiene kits at his home. Probably, he is one of few kind of guys in Krakor Floating Village which got high education and keep improving himself to learn English. He shared us about his ambitions. He want to be a good teacher. He want to educate others and said that education is important to find jobs and get chance to have better life. He also want to be a lawyer to protect himself and others from violence or any crimes that might be happened.
“I want to create a new rules to protect the environment and make people care more about their surrounding, especially environment. I start with small thing that I can do, avoid others not to throw rubbish to the lake or give warning to them that it could make the water more polluted and spread some diseases. One day, I really want to reach the bigger step to manage the municipal solid waste from each home by put communal trash bin in some areas thus everyone could collect their wastes into that bin” said Rethy completely with widen smile.
“Start from simple things to create the big changes” – Kim Rethy, Cambodia.
How awesome. He dares to dream and make big changes in the future. How about you?
Take your action, be the agent of change!