Changing Cambodia 2016 – 2017

Changing Cambodia

First year of high school. The school year of 2016 and 2017. It has been really challenging including learning to be independent like cooking by our own and be sure that assignments are ready on time. Besides, it is a year that every second count. Whatever useful things I work on will be counted. Another school year had passed, the course of 2016 – 2017 is over. Thinking about changing Cambodia, there are many projects and events that I would like to point out. There were three seven weeks courses and three events that I had participated and that that they helped to create lots of positive impacts to Cambodia either in the present of Cambodia and in the future.

One of the seven weeks courses calls Waste Management. Our main focus was to create our own business plan for an idea of compost business, where we will work with villagers to collect inorganic and organic wastes. There were many things that needed to be solved and find out, so we as a team discussed and worked on various segments of the business plan on how the business should be operated. At the same time, we also created four tumblers and we were using those tumblers to test out compost idea. We also contacted companies that are currently working on compost and are having more experience in this kind of job to share us some ideas as well. We got the idea jot down and made sure it is ready for the next group to carry on. Then we also shared the idea to an organization called “Little Hearts” because they are also working on similar project. At the same time, Climate Summit has also played an important role in making Cambodia into a better place as well. Our main focus in that project was to run an event related to climate change issue that occurs in real life in the present. We had invited young Cambodians, who were 9th graders to participate in the event. It was the first Climate Summit being held in Cambodia. It was a tremendous experience when we get to contribute the world’s issues to this new generation so that they would also take the action and deal with the issue in order to make a modification. The event adjusted participants’ perspective so much. This statement is based on a survey that we did with every participant before and after they participated in the event. Last but not least is a project called Robotics. This is the first course ever of learning more advanced robotics besides the Lego robot. We had created our own robot and programmed it to work. We then got the robot to a competition in Taiwan. We didn’t really do well since it is our first time combined with lack of materials issue. But anyway, we got our robot to process and we were awarded from judges the “Judges Award”. We are really looking forward to improve our robot if we get another opportunity. When we came back from Taiwan, we went out to many events to share our experience and also to inspire other Cambodian students to be in technology and to be in competitions internationally.

Besides curriculum education in school, I also have some projects going on with other students. One of them is Tos Tov. This is an idea to aid everyone from ended up wasting their time waiting so long for buses or taxies to leave. This idea also encourage Cambodians to be more into technology. We are currently working on the project and we expect to make it work as soon as we can. It is challenging since me and my teammates also got school work, cooking as well chores to be responsible for, but we manage to find time to meet up anyway and work on our project. In the process of enhancing the application, we all went out to interview people to get a big picture of what our target audience like. As soon as the idea launch for everyone to use, there will be a huge change and now we are changing people little by little. Another event I had been to was Hackathon. It was a two whole days event and required participants to come up with ideas in creating application that will aid to deal with the word’s issue or their country’s issue. There were four members in our team and we got our idea down to health issue. The project will help to improve people’s livelihood since they just require to get on their smartphones or non-smart phones for approximately five minutes. The app will be like a real doctor based on real study. The online doctor ask questions to patients and make some statement like what kind of infection the patients has and whether the patients should exercise or go discuss with real doctors. We also got awarded in third place as “Promising Team”. We have a faith that as soon as the application ready to get to the world, there will be a huge, positive impact on Cambodians and the rest of the world. Last but not least, this is a sport related program that I participated in, which is Frisbee. I spend 3 hours in the afternoon every Sunday to practice. I also got selected to be apart of the Cambodian international team to go and compete in Manila, Philippines. The sport is challenging and also is new to Cambodia. But, I am glad and proud of myself that I can be on the team as well as being an international team representing Cambodia as well as women into sport. From this, there will be more girls get inspired and also believe that girls could also play the sport.

I am proud to be a Cambodian and that I get to do all these amazing projects to help develop my country. Even though it’s not in a huge way, but by taking this little baby steps, some days there will be big changes. I am looking forward to doing more projects next year and keep the changes going.

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