By Brandon T, Year 12/13 ATA
This year I am looking forward to the Sixth Form trip to
Cambodia. I am excited for the
opportunity to get involved in a local community project, this is in contrast
to my previous experiences on trips week, which have been more culturally
In considering the trip’s community project, I personally wanted to
be able to do contribute something. Having been “inspired” by the hair shaving
deeds that Sharon Hampton and Sara Broadley had done for cancer earlier this
year, I wanted to do something of that caliber too.
Part of the money raised from the Charity Dinner and my proceeds
goes to the Chansar School project, where we will be continuing on work done by
other schools to help complete their library. However, we will mainly help out
with painting and teaching the local children during this leg of the trip.
The High School is located 40 km from the Siem Reap town. This
school consists of one building with six class rooms and two toilet buildings.
There are 357 students (129 girls) The school serves 19 villages with 1,915
families for a total population of 8,950. The economy is based on farming and
fishing. The district is classified as one of the most disadvantaged in
Cambodia with income approximately USD 15 - 30/month. 80% of population is living
in poverty and 45 % living extreme poverty.
People were so willing to donate money and as you can see it goes to
a very worthy cause. I received
donations from my friends, family and teachers, many donated very generously. In total, I was able to raise 4,260 RM.
It has been a great experience and whilst I was a little nervous
about having no hair, it was comforting to know that it would grow back.