Helping others by building communities

I have two identical hands! “As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others” said Audrey Hepburn. I know right, millions and millions of people are trying to make this world a better place day by day. In reality, they are getting themselves at a higher stage and not knowing that people develop by helping others. You might think you would never get rewards after helping others. Actually, what you’ll get back is happiness, you feel happy after knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life. This 2017 – 2018 school years might be the best school year so far since I’ve learned the lesson of life. Viktor Frankl once said, “I find the meaning of my life in helping others to see the meaning of theirs.”

Now let’s take a look at Cambodian, Roughly around 70% of Cambodians get access to education and there are still 30% left of Cambodian who are now living in poverty. Even though they get access to the education that was provided by the government schools, still, there weren’t much of handful activities to understand more about the topic. I was once a government school student before then I got an opportunity to attend this incredible school —Liger Leadership Academy— which changes my life.

Cambodian Children’s Charity (CamKids) is a school down in Kampong Speu province and it’s about 15 km from my home. During last Summer holiday, most of the students who live near Phnom Penh and were interested in STEM Camp, they get a chance to joined the Camp at the schools including three mentors from Princeton University. We learn about Solar energy and then we started to build about 2 solar panels in just 1 week. Afterward, we go down to Camkids and installed the solar panel, it looks brighter in the classroom since there was no lamps nor electricity.

Survey Exploration, they did a survey of the three communities around Camkids. In Order for the group to provide pieces of information for the founder of Camkids about their financial support. Each survey took approximately 30 minutes long, and it was a small team there, so they decided to seek for help. Then I volunteered to help them interview the villagers there since I know those villages for the whole Sunday. After helping this exploration I felt like their lifestyle was kind of different and they didn’t earn much money for their family, so that’s why Camkids was created there for kids to learn and get a good education and there even a nurse there where they can also check their health.

When I heard about Khmer Sight Foundation going down to Camkids at Kampong Speu I wanted to join and help them translate and also learn from the doctors. We arrive at Camkids we register all of the elders who came and check their eyes. During that, I also learn how to measure their eyes sight by testing each side of the eyes one by one using the eyesight testing chart and if they can’t get it correctly first we will use our hand than move forward until they can see. Then I would ask the guest what problem do they have with their eyes than tell the doctor and after that, I’ll translate to the elders what the doctor had said.

By helping this community, I gained skills & experience to speak more fluency in Khmer, get to know about their lifestyle and also feeling happy after knowing I have helps them in some sort of ways.

As the exploration go on and I was one of the members in the HIV exploration, we learn about HIV/AIDs and our mission was to create workshops for the world renew to use and teaches others student throughout Cambodia. We even help others by raising awareness & acknowledging, understanding People Living with HIV are just like me. Then my group started to create a presentation and we want it to simple but also full of information to normalize the conversation and also the stigmatization among them. We went to a school called New Hope for Cambodian Children, it is an orphanage school with kids who have HIV. Moreover, I have overcome my fear of not wanted to talk or even eat the same meal with people living with HIV. We got to know each other, after that trip I realize that they were all just like me, playing having any part of their life was that they need to take medicine. You can’t define if a person is having HIV or not. So let’s all go against those stigmas among them.

Empathy is an ability that everyone should have, in order to understand the different perception of life. People aren’t really different and I’m as a change agent will continue to grow and help others. In the future, I will continue to help more communities to empower their needs and find solutions. These actions are only the start of my missions.

Khmer Class overview

For this whole year, in Khmer class, we are researching on a topic to write a book in Khmer. There would be a team of three to four students who will work on it and also decided on a topic themselves. I was on a team four and our topic was on Refugees. Since our country has a lot of refugees during and after the Khmer Rouge regime. We want to write the story of their life for the world to know and also to understand more what had really happened during those horrible time for Cambodians.

Our team did an interview on skype with Chhay Lem Lim, Chhay Lin Lim and Sophy Pal (one of our team relative). We also research about Loung Ung and Arn Chorn Pond because they are Cambodian – American and also there were books written about their stories. We have five people to write about in our book and Chhay lem Lim and Chhay lin lim are brothers so we gave each one of our teammate a person to write for. I am writing for Arn Chorn Pond since I meet him once at Kampot Reader Writer festival.

After we gather all the information, we started to translate it into Khmer. The following step for us right now is to write it into the stories and making it interesting for others to read. Which is the hardest part for us to start writing the book, We also need to write an introduction for the book which will talk about the overview of refugees in Cambodia.

So far I have written about 1/3 a story of Arn Chorn Pond, I didn’t talk about the stories of him at America and how it changes his life yet and so what did he helps Cambodians and when we come back. Maybe the start of next year we will need our friends help to edit than our team is all finish. I so excited to print the book and share it to all Cambodians.

 

ILO exploration

I was in the ILO exploration for round five, which is the last exploration of the year. The ILO stands for International Labour Organization. They are a United Nations agency created as an organization to help all three parties the government, employers, and employees with the goals to improve labor conditions and promote decent work for all women and men. Our school was asked to help pilot a project by implementing soft skills training with colleges students in Cambodia and also if it possible for the garment to put it on their website for students to assess it. We are not teachers for this project since the module was made to be a self-taught program; we were only there to facilitate and guild them.

Our exploration started to revise the module and then let the ILO checked, after that, we then implement it to Universities and high schools. The ILO was impressed with the amount of work that was done by us. Moreover, we even translate the whole module into Khmer for the high school students. We had worked with Cambodian International Academy (CIA), Toutes L’école Happy Chandara, Kampong Thom High school, Royal University of Law and Economics, Little heart and Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia to implement our training there.

In class time we would work on putting all the survey in, putting the name in the certificate, making a video to advertise about Soft skills, Preparing for the next training, budget and last but not least make a report for the ILO. Even Though, sometimes we would give up on one of the Saturday just to do this training with those schools.

Most of the result were positive since we used the right module and it really helps them to think more about their visions. They really enjoy making their visions board because it more like an activity base and the rest of the module was like discussing and answering.

The story of “A Jealous Sister”

This story was inspired by my bigger sister during the Khmer new year break. On the first day of Khmer new years, my sister got a chance to go to Songkran at Spue. I really want to go to but my family didn’t allow me due to a fact that I am too young and also I needed to help them look after the shop. Therefore, I decided to write a story about a jealous sister for my literacy class assignment.

Should Kate be jealous and seek revenge on her bigger sister? Kate was adopted by Sophia family in this small town called Foster. Kate and Sophia have a lot in common like they are kind and caring for each other. Sophia always gets what she wants; on the other side, Kate would get what’s called trash or a better word for that is leftover. Every weekend Sophia and her parents would go into the forest and explore around. As usual, they would leave Kate home alone and she feels left out. One day Sophia and Kate took an adventure around the forests and found a witch house. It was kind of dark so they left the forest and come back home. Kate once again took an opportunity to the forest and talk to the witch to become one of an evil witch too. This way Kate can get rid of Sophia in anytime by using her evil powers and gets a lot of love from her adopted parents.

 

The story of a Superman!

In physic class we have a project called superheros. In there we have to write a story and also create a poster of any superheros about the superheros, powers and compare it to real physics life. On Monday in class we will do a gallery walk of all of the superheros we been researching on.

          Let’s take a look at the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a helicopter, it’s a plane, it’s a SUPERMAN! He can fly, he’s indestructible, he’s is strong and he saves our life! Moreover Superman is a superhero and his superpowers are Invulnerability, Vision, Hearing, strengths, leaping or flying and super Breath. But, how is Clark Kent able to accomplish all of these amazing things that required superpower skills? On the other hand, human can’t have these special abilities like superman so what is the science behind his special abilities and him?

The story started, He was born in this planet called Krypton that orbits around a red star. Krypton was much heavier than the earth which make it clear that the bigger the mass is the higher its gravitational force is. If we look closely, this means that superman on earth is able to fly or jump high because of the small gravitational pull from the earth to him. Krypton planet was destroyed result due to the internal pressures that Krypton’s get. Kal EI (birth name) was send by his father called Jor-El in a small rockets to the earth.

As Kal El grow older, He was raised by his adoptive parents in earth. He was known for Clark Kent who has been shown as superman second personality. Superman was strong and could jump from a building to another and doesn’t required pushing from the ground. He use this power called telekinetic power the ability to move a objects at a distance by mental power. Newton’s Second Law stated “there must be some upward force to balance the downward force of the weight.” So this means that he must use some type of upward force that is higher than his weight in order for him to fly. The yellow sun (our sun) that allow him to fly. He gets energy from electromagnetic radiation which contain in the light of our sun. He also could survive in space, due to his lungs clearly aren’t needed for respiration. Superman metabolize energy from the earth sun light (like human metabolize energy from food) that will allow him to use when he need to fly or jump off from one building to another. Moreover he can stored more than the amount that needed to use for his ability can and also convert this energy into very high kinetic energy. Which in the future will allow him to defeat the gravitational force of our of the earth.

Advertise for Journeys of Change

As you may know I was employed to be one of the Marketing manager for Journeys of Change. On Sunday the 25th of March, I and three other Liger students went out to phnom penh to advertise for Journeys of Change. This was our first time going out without an adult for learning experience. Therefore we decided to cover only these three location first: Riverside, Aeon Mall and Boeung Keng Kang. Just for our safety, time and also it’s close to our starting point. Than we choose coffee shop, restaurant, Hotel and other places that are in these location.

One of our mistake was we didn’t email to the places that we wanted to go and talk about our project first. Obviously, we just go in to their place and than we started to talk about our project. By saying “Hello, my name is Kagna and I am from the Liger leadership Academy. In our school we had this start up called Journeys of Change and we would like to ask your permission if we can put our brochure and business card here to reach out for more clients.” Again Some Places that we went they said they need to talk to their manager first, so then we just leave our business card and brochure their for them. In addition some places their manager was there and they are very kind they provide us some information how to advertise, the technic  and also allowing us to put our brochure at their place. We also learn that we need to have the stander to put the brochure in and need to clip the brochure to the business card.

At first I was scared to talk to people there and didn’t know what to say. But than I look at my friend how they convince them to allow us to put the brochure there and I try its work. Again I started to take the risk and go to talk to people and if I miss something my friend can correct me. Anyway now I learn that sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone to try new thing that you have never done before to gain more experience. However I think this is a successful trip for me because people are welcome and kind not like what I expected. 

For More Information:

Phone Number: 098 978 568

Facebook: Journeys of Change

Gmail: journeysofchange@ligercambodia.org

Website: http://journeysofchange.ligeracademyblog.org

Check our website and Facebook for dates and tour details!

Search “Journeys of Change” in google maps and you will get direction. The tour begins at the Riverside Park across from 245 Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh.

 

Greek mythology – Artemis

In my literacy class, we learned about Greek mythology and how it connect to our modern day. Every student was assigned to a god and needed to research more about that god like the myth that he/she has. We was scored by these five categories:

  1. Reading and Answering:  “Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism”
  2. Character Profile: You should create some sort of tangible visual about your Greek character.
  3. Research Report: You will create a 7-paragraph informational report on assigned character.
  4. Suitcase Symbolism: If your character was going on a journey, what would they take? Your “suitcase” should include at least 5 items that represent something of significance.
  5. Deity Discussion: We will have a “godly” discussion to finalize this project.

Below there is my research report:  

Artemis Diana is the Greek goddess of the hunt, virginity, childbirth, the moon, and natural environment. Her special powers contain perfect shoots, the ability to turn herself and others into animals, healing, and have control of nature. Artemis usually spends most of her time in the forest hunting and practicing her archery.  

She is Apollo twin sister and they were the children of Zeus and Leto. She is the goddess of virginity so she rejected marriage and love but she was once in love with Orion and she doesn’t have any children.

For nine days and nine nights Leto was suffering from the pains, until on the tenth day, Leto went close to a small lake called “Delos”, leaned against a palm tree, take out her belt and gave birth to Artemis. Than Artemis act as a midwife to help her mother and bring her brother Apollo to life. She was calm as the new goddess of the childbirth.  At the age of three years old she asked her father Zeus for six wishes. The six wishes include to never get married, to be popular than Apollo, to have a bow and arrows that are made by the Cyclopes and a knee-length hunting tunic, to bring light to the world, to have sixty nymphs for friends, and to have all the mountains as her territory.

Artemis usually is shown as a girl wearing knee-length hunting hunic and carries bow and arrow with her at all time. There would be a creature animals next to her like deer or bear as a protector.  

Artemis has a celebration called the 6th. The 6th is when every day on the 6th in each month people will gather around this city called Callimachus and give the gift or offering to Artemis. People in Callimachus called Artemis the watcher of the street because she is the sponsor of the city.

Orion was one of Artemis’ best friend. These two friends loved to hunt together. One day Apollo was jealous of Orion that he was closed with his twin. So Apollo trick Artemis by testing her ability to shoot far distance with a blurry object. Artemis did a perfect shot and shots Orion on the head with her arrow. That’s how Apollo trick her to kill her love once and best friends.   

   Her strength is physically strong, able to defend herself and is the guardian of women in childbirth and of wildlife in general. On the other hand, her weakness is disliking men. She also has an area to own which she can the way she wanted to. She has a lot of powers and one of advantage is that she does have to care about that drama in love life. Artemis can live her life of hunting and protect forest life.

A Wrinkle in time

My literacy teacher gives everyone to read the book called “A Wrinkle in time.” She said If we can finish it and answer questions that she provide in a week we can go to watch the movie at the theater for free. My Physics teacher tough a little bit about the 1 dimension 2 dimension 3 dimension 4 dimension and 5 dimension that was mentioned in the book. I did read the book and answer the question and than I got a free ticket to watch the movie. Based on what I understand, this is like a motivation that makes me want to the read book and also to analyze the book after finish reading it. Not only just to finished the book but to use what we understand from the book and provide it in a context. By doing this it helps me to practice my reading and also my writing skills.

Here are the response to the questions

  • Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Charles Wallace because he never talk if there are a lot of people around and also to ordinary people. That show a lot of little boy character that sometimes He just need to be himself. Charles is a young brilliant boy who knows and understand more his sisters.

  • Choose one of the settings of the book and describe it vividly.

The novels stated “The Medium lost the delighted smile she had worn till then. “Oh, why must you make me look at unpleasant things when there are so many delightful ones to see?” ” This is one of setting from the books that shows how people from other planet describes earth’s and to show how you can look into a magical ball and see our own galaxy. This also shows how bad the earth’s will face in the future that’s why Mrs. Who Mrs. Which and Mrs.whatsit really want the kids to see and understands.

  • Would you define this novel as fantasy or science fiction? Explain.

I would define this novel as a science fiction because in the novel they talk about 1 dimension, 2 dimension, 3 dimension, 4 dimension, and 5 dimension. They explain about these 5 dimension in physics how does it works and how does it applied there.

  • This is a tale of a hero’s journey that we learned from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Explain some of the challenges the characters face along their dangerous adventure.

The characters had face a lot of problem through out there adventure to rescue Meg farther. They have to go wrinkle the time, they need to understand what going on and where are there right now. Further more when they are at the Camazotz planet they have to stay together and Carles got hypnotize by the guy with the red eye there.

 

Interviewing Villager Around Camkids School

On Sunday, March 4, I volunteer to help an exploration to do interviews with villagers down in Kampong Speu. I volunteer to help them because my hometown is close to there and I can help to create change around my village when I have the chance. The exploration is about surveying and statistic. We did interviews with people there because we are working with Camkids. Camkids is a school at Kampong Speu that willing to help villagers around there place and wants to know what they can do more in the future for them. Before that day they go through the questions with us and make sure that we all understand the surveys and can do it on our own. The surveys were 30 minutes or more and the questions was mostly about financial in the family, Education and some information about Camkids. I did 7 interviews and everyone there was so nice and friendly to me which had made me more confidence to ask the question about them. It’s not that easy to just walk in strangers house then ask them about there personalize. It is my first time to walk in a stranger house and started to talk to them. It was hard and that first interview was my longest one ever.  

STEM Maker Faire

On Saturday, March 3, I went to STEM Maker Faire at Olympic stadium. There were a lot of showcase connect stem, books, food, water and other local business in Cambodia. I walk around and looks at other people product and do their activities so I can get gift from them. There a lot of ways that they used to promote their product, If we take a photo with their product we will get a little gift. I that learn how business promote just from last weekend. There is some booth that we can play against each other to win a prize by answering random questions. I got some snack and water because it was a hot sunny day. After the STEM Maker Faire it was tired ring and I got my leg sore.