ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

In the Ecosystem Services and Climate Change Exploration, we worked with Song Saa Foundation to focus on three main areas: organic gardening, lightning prevention and protection and a fish population survey. We went to two different communities on Koh Rong which is located, offshore of Preah Sihanouk province, to do a workshop and conduct a fish population survey. The data will be analyzed to see which fish species are being depleted, according to the elders.  The workshop focused on safety from lightning since lightning is increasing with climate change. We also spent an afternoon building a fence at Sala Song Saa and prepared for an organic garden for Prek Svay community. Moreover, we distributed over a hundred water filters to the community at Prek Svay. Lastly, we snorkeled over coral reefs, through seagrass beds, and with bioluminescence. Thank you to Palm Beach Resort for providing us camping space, and providing us a night boat ride to swim with the bioluminescence.

CHANGING CAMBODIA

As I observe  Cambodia today is developing, with factories, construction, education, transportation, tourism, forestation and etc. You can’t imagine how fast things are changing, from uneducated to educated society. It’s almost impossible to believe. If you want to change something or someone you have to change yourself first. From 2016 to 2017 I believed in myself that I have the agency to change Cambodia.

From the beginning of the year, one of my exploration was Iron Deficiency, which is we learn about anemia. Anemia is a type of condition when you have low red blood cells. We went to Siem Reap to teach students and villagers about anemia and Lucky Iron Fish. We also cooperate with Lucky Iron Fish Company. We helped to allocate the Lucking Iron Fish to each villager, who came to listen to our presentation about anemia and Lucky Iron Fish. By this exploration, I helped to transition Cambodia by distributing my knowledge to others villagers and technique how to live healthier. In 2017 I involved of making Climate Change Board Game for Cambodian students. The board game teaches students to understand about climate change, the impact of climate, how to prevent the climate change. As the result we want them to passionately understand how human activity affected to climate. The main problem caused climate change was their tons and tons of CO2 are releasing in the air. I helped to change Cambodia by teaching others students of the impact of climate change, so they also can teach other people to make a change.

One of my favorite explorations of the year was Ecosystem Services and Climate Change. We went to Koh Rong Island to do the survey about the six most eaten fish. The main purpose of the survey was to know the decreasing/increasing in a population of the 6 most eaten fish species in both villages. The 6 species are Sphyraenidae, Lethrinus, Gymnocranius, Carangidae, Snappers, and Groupers. Not just that, we also help Song Saa Foundation to distribute water filter one per family. The advantages of using water filter are they don’t have to spend their time to boil the water and spend the money on the wood to burn. Additionally, we also teach them how to prevent from the lightning by doing the lighting play that we prepared from school

To illuminate the idea of my changing Cambodia this year. I’m so proud of myself, even though I made a change a mini changed in Cambodia for the past 1 year, but I’m so appreciative about myself and I don’t care how it means to other people, but it means a lot to me. To end my conclusion I will keep making a change in Cambodia for the rest of the time that I have.

NARRATIVE ESSAY

In English literacy, there’s one of the assignments that we need to write an essay about coming of age and I picked to write about what changed me the most. I wrote about how haters around me changed my life. To be specific I met a lot of friends, don’t call them friends. I met a lot of people that treat me like a dirt beneath their feet and using me as their advantages. All of the people should deserve respects, no matter they are white, black, tall, short, skinny, fat or whatever they all have the same rights as we do. I could say that this is one of my most things to do in English literacy class.

 

COOKING

It’s not that difficult for me to cook because most of the kids that live in the rural area know how to cook, but it turns out that it’s really difficult for me to cook in my apartments because most of the time we cook western food. Well, I have a lifesaver “COOKBOOK!!” Cookbook teaches me how to cook many different types of food, especially food that really rare in my hometown. I have a lot of opportunities to learn how to cook new foods with my roommates and use a lot of fancy items and using oven is one of the example. So far my favorite food to cook is morning glory sour soup, it’s one of the Khmer traditional food. This soup is really special to me because my grandmother is the one who teaches me how to make it.

KHMER ROUGE EXPLORATION

41 years ago Cambodia was occupied by the Khmer Rouge (KR). It was the most destructive period of time in Cambodia. Everyone’s life was threatened by killing, malnutrition, being overworked, starvation, and mainly the death from weapons such as guns, mines, bombs, artilleries, and helicopters. Most of the weapons were imported from the United States, China and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, known as USSR. The Khmer Rouge traded agricultural products to get these weapons.

We visited three museums that are related to Khmer Rouge war: War Museum, Cambodia War Remnants Museum and Landmine Museum. The common things that all three museums have are the weapons that were used during the war, and all of those weapons were found around the museum areas and in the forest along Thai border. Those weapons are: guns, mines, bombs, tanks, and artilleries.

What I learned from the War Museum is that after the war, there were six million mines and eight million bombs left in Cambodia. Now, 80% of the mines were cleared but 1.2 million mines still remain. One connection is that those bombs were also a reason that the Khmer Rouge gain their power through propaganda because the Khmer Rouge soldiers told everyone that they need to fight back against the US because US was dropping bombs in our country.

GREEN CAMP SCHOOL

On 25th October, 2016 we had a very special guest from Green Camp School in Indonesia. They came and gave us a really special speech about their school. The school was located in Indonesia. The whole school was build out of bamboo. We got to build any structure we wanted, but we do it in the team. My team have 12 people and our idea of building the structure is to make the start with five faces. When we finished with the five faces and we left a lot of bamboo, so we decided to build the pyramid on the top of the middle part of our star.

IRON DEFICIENCY EXPLORATION

In this exploration we are learning mostly about anemia. We found out that 25% of the world population and 43% of Cambodian women and 53% of Cambodian children are anemia. Anemia are caused by genetic, parasites and iron deficiency. Genetic is when you parents pass the DNA to you. Parasites is when the hookworm eat you red blood cells. Last but not least is iron deficiency is when you don’t have enough in your body. To solve the anemia problem is to eat healthy food and food that contain a lot of iron in it. The food that contain a lot of iron are beef, pork and green leafy vegetables. From age 19-50 years old they should contain 18 ml gram of iron per day and the pregnant women they should contain 27 ml of iron per day. Pregnant women should contain more iron than the others because when they give a birth to their kids they lost a lot of blood and the iron are in the blood. So it also mean that they also lost a lot of iron. We collaborated with Lucky Iron Fish Organization. This organization is making the fish that contain iron. They helps to distribute the iron fish to the villagers that can’t support the healthy food for their family. We also went to Siem Reap to do the presentation to the villagers about how important is iron in our body. We not only went to the village, we also went to one NGO called Future of Khmer Children. We help the Lucky Iron Fish to distribute the fish to all of the villagers that came and listen to our presentation.

NEW APARTMENT

After the summer break, we come back to school for the fifth year. Do you know that this year is really different from the other years? I got to live in the apartment with my best friends. There’s are 4 houses, in each houses, there are 2 apartments and in each apartment, there are 2 rooms and each room can fit 4 people. New apartment new life we all have to cook. I really love my bedroom, big bed, comfortable blanket and soft pillows. In the guest room, there’s a gigantic television, sofa, tall refrigerator oven, and a long table for meals. I admitted that when I live without residential education (RE) I feel like I have more freedom and independence on my own. 

PROJECT BASED LEARNING EXPLORATION

On 12th January 2016, my project based learning group (PBL) presented some of the examples that students in government school can do and help to change the community. All of the examples are

Discussion of Problem and Solution
Things that I like the most were culture fading. At the past, during Khmer new year they are playing water and baby powder. The purpose of playing that is to get the happiness. Now during Khmer new year they still playing that, but they play in a bad way like trying to touch other places of the body (cheek, chest, etc). Also now our traditional games don’t have a lot of people playing it. It kinda fading with the elders.

Rube Goldberg
They wanted the government students know how to engineer a new thing and know how to recycle the rubbish that not needed. Rube Goldberg is the one thing that can control other things. Students also can learn about physic and be solving problem.

Science book
Most of the book in Khmer is not about science, so they wanted the kids in high school wright the book about science.
Step how to write the book
pick the topic about science
research the information (asking experts, book, etc)
plant your story
draft your story (does it make sense?)
final draft (give it to the teacher to check)
draw some pictures that make sense with the story
That it!! but it not really easy to do.

History Museum
That is Panharith and I presenting about. We wanted to have a small table in the library that will put the old stuff like, an old map of Cambodia, rock 1000 years old, an old picture of Cambodian famous people, etc. Our purpose is to get the new generation to know some of the histories. If any problem happened students must report to the teacher or the principal.

Community Problems/Solution
This is the last one they found some of the community problems and they try to find the solution to solve it. One of the problems that is my favorite is climate change. Climate change because of the pollution. If the pollution makes the flood, the flood will make the water go into the rice field with the rubbish. It a little bit hard to explain, have a look at the picture.

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  • Group picture before they leave