So, the long awaited trip finally arrived. And now, sadly, it's been and gone.
On the 21st October I set off on my 48+ hour journey to Cambodia, and what a journey it was. 1 ferry, 1 bus, an overnight stay, 3 flights and a crazy taxi drive later I finally arrived at our Phnom Penh base and joined the Edukid 2016 team.
While my time in Cambodia was short, it was by far the biggest experience of my life so far - and now that it's over I'd even say it was the best!
Edukid are an amazing charity based right here in the UK, and they work their socks off every single day to ensure that children living in poverty have access to a good education. This is something I got to witness first hand. I felt the love and care, saw the hard work and the enormous amount of effort that both Edukid and their in-country parnter (Care for Cambodia) put into each and every child within their projects.
Whilst working with Edukid and Care for Cambodia I was given the opportunity to visit some villages where their education projects are in full-swing. The villages were based around Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and each one provided a very different and individual experience.
So much was crammed into the trip that it's taken me a little while to digest the experience, even now, nearly 2 weeks later, I'm still finding myself looking through photographs and struggling to comprehend that I was there, that I saw it, and that it all really happened (someone pinch me, I must be dreaming). While it's really hard to explain what I saw and felt I can definitely pick out a few major highlights;
Handing out school packs
Running activities, crafts and games
Meeting the wonderfully inspiring people of Cambodia
Our little 'tourist' time
But, this experience wouldn't of been possible without the help of my many donators and supporters. So I thank you all, you've helped to make the seemingly impossible, possible. You've put a big smile on so many faces and connected communities from across the globe, you're all amazing!
In the next few weeks I'll be writing a few more blog posts that will hopefully help you, my lovely supporters, to understand the impact your donations have made. I'll also be sharing details on how the Edukid 2016 team aim to sponsor an entire village, helping to secure the children's future in education, build an adequate classroom and train and support their teachers.
So stay tuned, our work has only just begun!