Monday started uneventfully with an early breakfast and then we loaded up the bus for the 5 hour drive from Kampong Thom to Sisophon. At our first stop for gas, a couple of hours in to the trip, I was advised that one of our team members wasn’t feeling well. I had a chat with her and she assured me she was doing okay, but by the time we got to Sisophon and had lunch she was in a pretty bad way. She and I stayed at the hotel while the rest of the group went off to build biosand water filters. Apparently they had a pretty amazing time!
While the team were out making biosand water filters, Ange’s illness worsened and by Tuesday morning it was decided that Sophoin would accompany Ange and myself to Seam Reap so we could get her medical attention. We arriverd at Angkor Paradise International Hospital around 9.20 am and they immediately put Ange on IV fluids and antibiotics. After blood test results it was decided to keep her in hospital overnight, which meant we both had a restless night (she in the hospital bed and me on the sofa), as they kept waking her up to change the IV fluids, give her antibiotics, check her blood pressure, or take blood. By Wednesday morning she was feeling a lot better and after she was released Wednesday afternoon we were able to travel back to Sisophon and rejoin the rest of the team.
While we were went off to Siem Reap, the rest of the team headed off to visit a school construction in the morning, along with the ‘We Can Read, We Can Write’ and ‘Better Teachers, Better Education’ programs.
After lunch the team did a second Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution at a school in the Banteay Meancheay Province. Again, the faces of the children tell it all!
On Wednesday morning, the team headed off to visit another school, this time a school
which needs to be rebuilt.
In the afternoon it was off to see some of the projects Samaritan’s Purse does in the safe migration and anti-trafficking project. This involves things such as raising chickens and pigs, growing mushrooms, micro finance and banking.
By the time the team arrived back at the hotel after dinner, Ange and I were back in Sisophon and happy to be back ready to attend the school openings on 20, 21 and 22 July!