Monday started with a meeting with TPO Cambodia, which went well. The organization is excited to partner up with Projects Abroad. They provided me with a questionnaire in Khmer to use and I will be collecting data on the mental health situation in Cambodia. Today I was actually able to collect some data from 2 individuals. They expressed that they instantly felt happier just by sharing and talking about their anxiety and depression. All someone really needs is to feel like there is someone there willing to listen to them.
Yesterday we went to a kindergarten and provided them with a general health check up. They were all so cute but most of them had decaying teeth. I was actually very impressed by the few good set of teeth I saw because of how rare it was. Later, we showed them the steps of brushing teeth with a model and toothbrush, and we also taught them hand washing. The hand washing is slightly unhygienic and seems counterproductive to what we’re trying to teach them. Three basins are filled with water. The first one has soap in it and the other 2 just have water for rinsing. By the time the last few kids get in there, the water is essentially dirty from the first few kids.
Updates on myself: I’m tired of the food here, lol. It’s always rice with vegetables. I enjoy noodles but it’s usually rice. I’m never full and could always eat, lol.
We’re going to Kampot this weekend! We’re going to be staying at a place called Arcadia Backpackers, which offers a water park, cave tour, boat tour, guided hikes, kayaking, etc. We’re going to be leaving on a bus tomorrow evening after work. Will post each day if there’s WiFi, otherwise I’ll provide updates after the weekend!