It was an amazing experience to be apart of the rainbow summit organized by another Liger student. There were students invited from other NGOs to be apart of the summit. It was more than a discussion since it’s the world issue that requires more understanding because there are discrimination toward those people from the LGBTQ community. I believe the summit actually was impacting Cambodia in someway since it allows people to have empathy towards those people in the community. We also learned about laws, and lack of languages in Khmer for those people in the rainbow community. It’s a problem to not have proper languages since it could affect how people interpret words. For instance, we only have one word in Khmer for the whole LGBTQ community, which is “ខ្ទើយ”.
It was my second time to participate in our Khmer Model United Nations conference held at our Liger campus. I represented France and we debated on rights for LGBTQ community and quality air control around the world. The conference was slightly different from other conferences since there were so many first experience delegates. It was a great time seeing many first time students came up to the podium and expressed their country’s stance to many other delegates. I am looking forward into more MUN conferences. It was a great learning experience.
On the 2nd and 3rd of March, I went to a Frisbee tournament call Phnom Penh Hat tournament. Our team name was Bouviers. We call ourselves the “best friends.” We didn’t know each other since we were randomly selected to play as a team together, but we learned to play with each other really well. Each and every team there were so competitive, but we finally made it to the final and won the whole tournament. It was my first time to ever win the whole tournament. Anyway, I am hoping to play in more tournaments next time. I couldn’t forget the fact that I got a t-shirt size XXL to play at the whole tournament! I was the last one to be there, so that’s the only t-shirt left for me.
I am currently is working with Happy Football Cambodia Australia founder to make two videos every month, a trailer and a video episode. There, we are learning how to work with a real businessman. First time we turned in our first videos, there were lots of changes for us to make, but we are trying to improve as we go along. We now have created a clearer plan for our next episodes to keep having our videos finish on time. We have released our first episode on the HFCA’s Facebook page. You can check out the link below.
Link to the HFCA’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/happyfootballcambodiaaustralia/
“if you are not going to make a picture, no one else will.” This is a quote by Gregory Crewdson that I’ve learned from a documentary featuring him during his process of making his photograph. There’s no single object in his photo that was not a decision.
I watched his documentary as part of my learning process. I was on an internship. Our vision was to create a musical that could feature Cambodian as well as our arts at a more creative level in a one hour long film. Me and my 8 Liger friends were down at a Battambang province, locates in the Northwest part of Cambodia. 6 months straight of our school time was dedicated to the project. We watched a bunch of films, analyzed, meditated to further understand the process as well as key concepts within film. The internship was offered by the Human Agency, which is a media company that create videos for advertising with bases in California and Japan. It was my great pleasure to work with their processional crews including their cinematographer, musician/podcast, screen writer and documentary person.
The time was crazy short. We had a bit over a month to finish our whole filming process with a breakdown of 38 scenes. Each of us wrote a scene and directed them ourselves with the support from the Human Agency crews. My main role was to film the process of us making the film since it mainly done by us kids age 15 – 17, anyone could easily find me holding a camera taking pictures of videos of people.
It was a real work. We sometimes woke up at 3 in the morning, or went to bed till 5 in the morning just because we need to keep shooting. It’s not like a one-take thing where we only need one time to capture the moment we are looking for. It was even more challenging to keep control of the performers since they are older and that they are professional circus performers/dancers. Filming wasn’t just about making sure we got everything we need, but it’s also about being cheerful and supportive with the team members. Beyond that, it was really challenging for us since we didn’t just have to deal with the work from the internship, but also have to keep on practicing math and literacy that our teachers from school gave, so we could still know what’s going on at school. Teamwork was also full of disagreements, so of course we also had to deal with our dramas along the way, which was quite emotional. We also had to deal with quick decision relating to the change in plan, which could sometimes turn us really frustrating.
I’m truly proud of the whole team that have put in a lot of work and time into trying to turn our imaginations to live. We are in our post-production process right now and I am really looking forward to seeing the product that could come out of it.
Thank you Ryan for offering this amazing opportunity and thanks to your crews for teaching us. I’ve had so little experience with camera work and filming in general. Now, I am confident to hold a camera and film anything at anytime and I know what to do if I want to bring something that I have in mind to become real. The memories we made as a team with the Phare students and the Human Agency team are unforgettable and uncountable.
My stress level keeps building up as the real SAT test is slowly approaching. In our essential classes, we focus mainly on ideas and questions that will be on the actual SAT test. While everyone else had the chance to be in school, prepping, I was away on an internship which will continues on till the end of December. It was challenging, working while trying to keep track of my math hours and without a teacher guidance. Khan Academy is one of my resources that I used for the preparation. At the same time, I also used cracksat website to get SAT questions in which it allows me to get familiar with the test questions itself. There were variety of questions from different areas, algebra, geometry as well as trigonometry. My goal was to an hour of math everyday. Due to the busyness, it was difficult to keep up the work, so I also had to dedicate my weekend time into math practice.
It almost got me, but it failed. From a few little red spots, it formed a round shape and slowly turned into blisters. They were everywhere on my body — five spots to be exact. Those were ring worms. I unexpectedly got infected by dogs. My life was in a hot mess after I got back from my project’s mission at Mondulkiri, under an intention of diminishing human and animals’ cause of death from rabies by providing free rabies vaccines. Another mission appeared to be a few weeks after the previous mission. I would admit that I was not ready for it since my infection had not recovered: I was frustrated. I even asked to not touch anymore animals due to my concern about ring worms. On the actual mission day, my only main role was to raise rabies awareness to villagers who brought their cats and dogs to our place. But, I could not help by just staring at my teammates doing the work, so I jumped in anyway and started helping with the vaccinations.
Being able to support and be the reasons for other people’s enhancement is my elation. The helping process itself can be frustrated, exhausted, uncomfortable and sometimes could be harmful, but it is worth it. We born on the same planet, but not with the same identity. Some people already had so much while some others are still struggling to find paths for a proper life condition. Building up motivations for others is like bringing smiles and hopes. We help by providing supports for others to get a better quality of life.
Cambodia, with an approximation of 15 million people, are suffering from rabies. Based on a data that was collected by Pasteur Institute in 2009, dogs population is ⅓ of Cambodian population while roughly 800 people died from rabies every year. In a group of 10, we took these information into actions. We collaborated with two experts to host two free rabies vaccination events, Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWs) and Animal Rescue Cambodia (ARC). We worked with PPAWs for two days down at Mondulkiri to raise rabies awareness, provided rabies vaccines, and offered free health checkup for dogs and cats. We then organized and advertised a second free rabies vaccination event with ARC at Koh Krobey village (a village near our school). It took us the whole day for the event and we successfully injected 167 dogs and cats. Both missions were impressively successful! We can see the care from those animals’ owners. Tuk tuks, motos, cars were coming from every directions to our vaccination location. I found the experience worthwhile and that it’s doing two jobs at the same time. Both animals and human are safer from rabies.
Equally important, Camkids, an NGO down at Kampong Speu opened a primary school. Children are allowed to go to school with no payments required. Camkids guided villagers to collaborate and be the leader for their own community. Villagers are delighted with the existence of Camkids because without Camkids, their children might have to go to some far for schools in Kampong Speu or villagers might not even consider sending their children to school. During a seven-week project, I worked with a group of seven to create a well designed survey to see how Camkids has improved the communities around it since it was built. We used our knowledge from AP statistics to structure our survey. We then went down to Kampong Speu and surveyed about 103 villagers from three villages around Camkids (Chbar Chross, Trorpaing Mean,Ta Ngov) on three categories: health and nutrition, education, as well as wealth and income. Each survey took us about 30 to 45 minutes. We modeled our survey from a previous survey that was conducted when Camkids just started. We analyzed our data and displayed them in best way possible, using graphs and description. Our work will be display on Camkids’ website and could be seen by possible donors. I would be looking forward to hearing more about how my team’s data has helped with the improvement of those three villages. Currently, villagers’ access to power supplies down at villages around Camkids are still depending on batteries as well as solar. At the same time, education is also another important aspect that still need improvement. I volunteered to spend a few days during my last summer break down at Kampong Speu to work with a few Princeton students to install solar panels at the school, so students there could have extra english classes in the evening.
We all fully aware that education is necessary, but I am sure we should be both physically and mentally healthy as well. Besides learning time, I am also a frisbee player and has volunteered to dedicate my weekend time into teaching Camkids students frisbee. Many children at Camkids, never know what frisbee really is; they have never seen nor touched one before. I went there with my girls teammates for half a day to train around 60 children frisbee. They seemed to enjoy playing and learning about this new sport. We are also looking forward to pick determined players from Camkids to join our first, Cambodian women ultimate, Bee Force.
As a matter of fact that the idea of offering support is essential, putting it into action is the next step. Times were being dedicated into variety of projects with a clear intention that we want to see change, a positive one. As a 16-year-old, I found this tough, and I sometimes uncertain if this goal is too big to accomplish. But, I carried out one quote from mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.” Doing what we are capable of would be ideal. Being the support for others could take a lot of courage to keep going especially for someone who is a shy person like me. It is putting ourselves into being uncomfortable, but it is my pleasure to see what I have done has actually create impact. Going on field trips gave me unforgettable memories. I learned to become an empathetic person and be braver to share what I’ve got. I believe and I will keep on doing what I can and see Cambodia, my home country, grow into a better place.
June 8th, 2018
The end of my 2017 – 2018 school year has approached really quickly. It ended with three amazing performances by our seniors and juniors students of a play, The Network. The play was mainly about how people used the network as part of their daily life and how it has an impact on people in both positive and negative way. The play was about 90 minutes long. I do think acting is fun, but I decided to try on taking on a new job, which I had no clue of what I would be doing to get my job done; I only knew that I would not be involved in acting at all. I was asked by my teacher, Alli, if I wanted to become our play’s stage manager. I thought about it overnight and I said “Yes”. It was a huge risk for me, but with some support from my teacher, I figured out what to do. In class, I would be helping to give advice to actors about where they should be standing as well as offering suggestions for improvement. I also took control of our production side: light cues, sound cues, costumes, and props as well as making sure my people were doing work that was assigned. We did our play at the Department of Performing Arts on the 6th, 7th and 8th of June. Before the play and during the play, a job as a stage manager was tough for me. I had to make sure our props were all in place, our lights were correctly programmed, our sounds were ready to go, etc. We had some issues with lights, but we finally figured it out. I was wrapped in wires with a walkie-talkie so I could communicate with my teammates while running the play. I was stressed out, but I did try to calm myself down and kept working at my best. I was proud of people’s comment about the play itself; I realized that I did it and that I had done my job! Taking risk is tough and feel uncomfortable, but we better take risks to experience what is new in order to explore what we are not capable of.
May 24th, 2018
Feeding the World’s Growing Billion, Air Quality and Pollution Control are hot topics that are being discussed for solutions everywhere in the world. Liger have also taken the topic and present in a slightly distinctive way by debating the topics in all Khmer format following the Model United Nations (MUN) process. Everyone would be a representation of a country which is known as “delegate”. I was the delegate of France. It was a new experience doing MUN and was stressful due to the time limit we got, but we did it so well. I found the experience could benefit me in a variety of ways: I can use more advanced Khmer words, but at the same time, I could also learn about the country I represented and be able to improve my public speaking skill. I like the experience and I am really looking forward to more of this next year. Below is a link to our first Khmer MUN preview that was created by my friend, Samady Sek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91mvZkWdTi0&feature=youtu.be
6th May 2018
It was a great time spent down at Kampong Speu on a Sunday morning. Me and a few of my other friends did a three-hour long frisbee coaching for kids at a community school, Camkids. We can see the excitement and smiles on their little faces; they were having lots of fun. We taught them throwing techniques, game techniques as well as rules for the game. We can share loves through a variety of ways and I am proud that I am one of a distributor of this training. We also donated 4 frisbees for the school so those kids can continue on practicing in their free time.