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posted this in Cambodia, Children's Home on Friday, December 16, 2016

Visit to Goducate Children’s Home Cambodia

I brought my 2 kids, Ming (18-yr) & Owen (8-yr) with me to meet and explore the life of the 3 boys whom we are sponsoring in the Goducate Children’s Home. We were first warmly welcomed by the well- mannered kids at the Home and then amazed by their agility and ability to handle the tasks that were given to them eg 4-year old Lily was also taught to wash her own clothes like rest of the older children. Each child had their housekeeping responsibilities than just being taken care of. Under the tutelage of the teachers and a good home school system, my kids were able to communicate and played together very well with them throughout the visit. They taught Owen how to find worms directly from the ground for fishing and shown how they take care of the chicken coop and pig sty. In return, Owen taught them how to operate his go pro camera that he had brought along.

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to bring my city-life kids to experience life in a forest, to be able to see how the kids live with simplicity and yet with so much contentment. We were also thrilled to see them so elated to participate and later see their own photo prints that we had prepared for them through the photo-booth session. They were so appreciative of what we did for them that they left us with their lovely hand-made thank you cards. It was such a privilege to be able to bring the joy of Christmas all the way from Singapore to Cambodia. All efforts of travel was worth it!

The experience has impacted my kids so much that Owen was talking about how he is willing to give up his next Japan trip to go back to Cambodia again. I am reminded that’s whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Looking at how many lives has been transformed through this Goducate Home, I do hope we are able to return soon too!

The team arriving in Phnom Penh airport on Monday

The team arriving in Phnom Penh airport on Monday

Some of the girls at the Home

Some of the girls at the Home

Contributed by guest writer, Peng Lay

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