It seems like it was only yesterday that we, an eclectic mix of travellers from diverse backgrounds and age groups, left the chilly December weather in Singapore for the sunny skies of Siem Reap and warm welcome of Cambodians. We are thankful that we had a lovely shared experience during which we enjoyed spending time together and contributing in our unique ways.
Read on for our thoughts on the trip!
Thank you for reading our blog. We hope to have you come on board next year!
As I was swiping through the photos from
this trip, it suddenly came to my mind that God has been good to Love-A-Village.
We have much to be thankful for.
Let me share with you some snapshots of our year.
We enlarged the size of 3 classrooms in Thansure School as the children became bigger. Can you see the difference in the tiles?
We repaired the roof at Thansure School as there were holes in the roof.
We tiled the last kindergarten classroom for Lovea Primary School. The students now have a conducive place to study in!
We bought 4 new blackboards for Lovea Primary School as their old blackboards were so old that any writing could not be seen.
We renovated the toilets at Lovea Primary School.
We have our very first scholarship student – Sithorn!
We found a supporter for Sriesros to teach English to 73 Grade 4 students in Peam Primary School.
Om E has stopped drinking – once again! 🙂
All glory be to God. And a huge THANK YOU
to all our supporters who have made it possible. Many of you responded to our
last-minute requests with big hearts. YOU have made a difference in the lives
of these people.
7 years ago, Eugene and Li Ting got to know each other while on a community service-learning project organized by their school. They started dating after the trip and have stayed together since.
In July 2019, Eugene found Love A Village online by googling Lovea Village (surprising right! I never thought our website would be effective in reaching out to the general public!). He contacted me through WhatsApp, we met up and came together to plan for the proposal.
Take a look at the photos below which tell the complete story!
A few of our Love-A-Village core team members first met Sithorn about 2 years ago. At that time, she was in Grade 10 and teaching basic English classes at PCEF. In the morning, Sithorn went to school, and after school, she made her way to PCEF to teach the young children English. Her work at PCEF was a part-time job she really needed to help pay her daily expenses. At one point in time when things at home were not going well, Sithorn even had to make PCEF her home.
Sithorn will be in Grade 12 this October. She needs to teach at PCEF to earn money, but she’s been finding it difficult to teach part-time at PCEF as she’s got extra classes in the afternoon to attend. Not attending these extra afternoon classes will result in Sithorn falling behind in her studies.
Love-A-Village will offer Sithorn a scholarship to enable her to concentrate fully on her studies in her final year of high school. In our interactions with Sithorn, we see a diligent and intelligent youngster who is very eager to learn.
Sithorn will be attending the weekly bible classes held by Om Chomrern at Om Han and Om E’s house. We pray that she will be able to learn about God and eventually believe in Jesus as her saviour.
Please pray alongside us for our very first scholarship student!