Rabies Mission – Phnom Penh Mission

7th February, 2018

I’ve always been so in love with animals and I am so glad to be apart of this exploration to be able to help to improve animals’ lives as well as people’s safety that are living around them. The mission went so well and we successfully injected 167 cats and dogs! It was a long and tired day, but we didn’t lose our courage to continue on working at all. Some of us scanned for chips (in case the dog has already gotten rabies injection) while some of us injected vaccines and recorded animal’s data. I am really looking forward in helping to be apart of this project sometimes more in the future. I feel like it is a nice action from our side to help animals. They might not be able to talk, but I believe that they also have a sense in their minds that they also want to live their lives healthily as well. It was awesome to see those animals’ owners were smiling when they know that their pets will be safe from Rabies! 

Zoonotics Description – Rabies

Name of course: Zoonotics Diseases 

Learning Facilitator: Kieran ONeil

Number of students:  11

Course Description:

During this exploration course, I’ve been learning about Zoonotics Diseases in Cambodia. In this class, we mainly focused on the learning of Rabies. Rabies is really a big issue in Cambodia since a data that was recorded by Pasture Institute in 2009, there are about 5 million dogs in Cambodia, which is also 1/3 of the population. In addition to this, there are approximately 800 people died out of Rabies that was recorded by Pasture only, which made us think that the data is still underestimated; there could be more. We worked with many people from Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWs), Animals Rescue Cambodia (ARC) as well as Pasture Institute to support them with spreading Rabies awareness. Besides that, we also went on trips with them to help with their free vaccination project as well as health checks for dogs and cats. It was difficult, but fun at the same time! Especially when I love dogs! I am really looking forward for the future event that will be held by ARC to give free Rabies vaccination on the 7th of February! 

 

Change Gender Summit 2018

27th January, 2018

I was invited to be part of the Liger Gender Summit 2018 hosted by an exploration group from the Liger Leadership Academy. I am delighted to be apart of the summit since I got to meet lots of other students in both genders from other schools. It is also interesting to listen to their opinions and experiences related to gender issues since gender is a really big issue across the globe. It is a heart touching issue and both genders have experienced similar issues in their lives. Both genders found it difficult to confront with their parents even though they are not happy with what they were told relating to how they should behave.  I found the experience helpful for me to share the stresses and worries that I have been keeping in my mind for a long time. I believe that everyone deserves to be loved as well as to recieve equal rights. Everyone can do whatever they want as long as the actions would lead them joy. Be yourself! 🙂 

Spanish Class

¡Hola! ¿cómo estás? I am currently taking Spanish class during my after school for an hour a week just to improve my knowledge of language. I learned some basic conversation phrases as well as words that go along with it. I love learning languages. I think it would make my life easier to travel! It’s still quite challenging to remember all the words, but I believe that it is not a skill that can’t be improved. 

Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWs) Mission – Mundol Kiri

20th January, 2018

My current exploration, Public Health that is currently focusing on learning about Rabies in Cambodia were down on a mission with Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWs) in Mundol Kiri to help spreading Rabies awareness as well as getting dogs and cats to give rabies vaccines as well as health check and doing castration. We were there and helped to gather people around the community to get their pets to the place. We also helped with some injections to the animals, washing up the materials, holding animals while they’re getting surgeries and giving them massage after the surgery. I really love the experience since I feel like I helped lots of dogs and cats afterward especially because I am a dog lover. The one time that I can’t forget helping a Golden Retriever because he’s such a big dog, but the doctors did help. His owner only planned to castrate his dog, but the dog ended getting another surgery because he can’t urinate. The doctors found out that the dog has cancer. The doctors couldn’t get the big ball out, but they did get the urine out hoping to save the dog’s life to live longer. After three hours of hard work, we helped the dog! I was there for the whole surgery and I somehow felt like I wanted to cry for a few times because I was sympathetic for the dog to go through this and when sometimes he was awake because the unconscious taste were gone, he moaned. I found it a really amazing experience and I am really looking forward for the future mission with Animal Rescue Cambodia on February 7th.   

Disabilities Project

January 17th, 2018

I was invited by the Juniors cohort at Liger to be part of their activities that were focusing on disabilities. They created different tasks for us to do and we have to be like the disabilities people like missing an arm, a leg, deaf, blind or not being able to speak. I found the activities helpful in a way that I kind of can feel the feeling that disabilities people have. I understand that they don’t want to be like that but it just a thing that they can’t control and that they just have to live their lives through it. I don’t feel that lucky that I have everything I need until I experienced this and that I think I should be grateful with what I have since there are people out there who might be wishing for what I have now.

Vagabond – Kep

11th January, 2018

I went to Vagabond temple for my whole weekend for a yoga practice. It was the school requirement since most of us found the experience useful to release stress as well as taking a break from technology to just learn about ourselves. I didn’t like it at first, but later on, I found it really helpful for my brain to just sit and imagine and meditate. I just feel like the activities there encourages me to love what’s around me. I also love it that everyone at the place were open to share their lives experiences even though it was emotional. 

 

Animal Rescue Cambodia

December 13th, 2017

For the Public Health exploration, we went on another trip to Animal Rescue Cambodia to learn more about the Rabies as well as to make connection, so that we can help them out to solve Rabies problems. They are happy about it and they are now agreed to work with us on injecting Rabies vaccine into animals from various communities. We are really looking forward to working with them and help to vaccinate as many animals as we can at the start of February. Reduce the death of Rabies!

Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society – PPAWs

I am currently learning in an Exploration which is about Zoonotic Disease. In this project, we are basically focusing on helping to raise awareness about Rabies in Cambodia. There are about 5 million dogs in Cambodia, which is about 1/3 of the population. There are also about 800 people that die under the cause of Rabies every year. These data are based on Pasture Institute Cambodia. To get a sense of what people have been doing as well as what we can help out to solve Rabies problems, we went down to Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWs) just to learn about Rabies as well as about what we can help them out. PPAWs has agreed to bring us with them to Mondolkiri from the 19th of January to 22nd of January to help them out to inject dogs and cats as well as raising awareness to people there since Rabies is a really big issue. I am really looking forward to help people there!

10K Marathon Race in Siem Reap

2nd December 2017

After a long time of practicing, I spent a weekend at to participate in the 22nd running competition being held in Siem Reap. It took lots of effort to the running practice; it only got harder. The first plan was to run a 21K, but due to the time limit, we had to change the plan to 10K instead. It was still a great experience to be apart of the competition. It was a long day before the run because I also joined the 37K bike rides. It was more like a relaxing bike ride. On Sunday was where the pressure on. I was prepared and tried as hard as I can and for my first time ever running in a  10K race, I made a rank of 133 out of around 10000 people within 52 minutes and 10 seconds! I am really proud of the result and I am really looking forward toward more of these next year. 

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