Orientation session to Kampuchea Souriya Group on administrative and financial procedure.
“I am glad to be in Cambodia for a six week volunteering program with Caritas Cambodia”, said Alice BRETON, 21, French. Alice is one of the other 11 youth from Kampuchea Souriya Group 2016 who will be assisting and helping local communities in development work for a period of 6 weeks in Cambodia from 1st July to 13 August 2016. This is the first time for Alice to come to Cambodia.  “I would like to thank Caritas that have us around and let us see the different lives condition of people whom and which we have not used to see it before”, added Alice.
Every year, Caritas Cambodia provides Kampuchea Souriya Group with an opportunity to get life experience through hands-on-work by assisting and helping various communities in some of the provinces where its community development program are out there. This year, the group will be divided into three teams in three provinces of Kampong Thom, Battambong and Siem Reap. They will take part in a variety of activities and tasks which are prepared by the three regional programs. The activities to be completed include building chicken house, the construction of toilets, vegetable growing, assisting farmers to install compost cage and practice on compost making, helping to install model hydroponic, constructing border foundation of community forestry, building commune warehouse , attending workshop and others.
Apart from community work, the volunteering program will allow them to better understand about Cambodian culture while staying with the communities. Volunteering is about giving time and energy to do things. As a volunteer without any background of community development work, Antoine CREP, 20, another group member shared his excitement to do community work, meet people, farmers and local authorities as he sees in the schedule. “I will put my effort and energy to do all the activities which are so interesting to me. I do hope my contribution will be an added value for the community in Kampong Thom province”, said Antoine.
Presentation on Caritas Cambodia’s overall operation by Ms. Nay Vichheka, Program Monitoring and Evaluation Manager.
In order to provide a basic speaking skill to communicate in real life situation with the communities, Caritas has organized a one week-Khmer class for the group before they are sent to work in the designated provinces, plus city tour and sight-seeing and an interesting activity joining with Caritas’s Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program in building a playground for children in Chey Chumneas Referral hospital in Takmao, Kandal province.
The sharing of local communities and the volunteer group will be a shared and rich source of aspiration. Both Alice and Antoine said they will share these great experiences to other youth in their university back home.

Caritas Cambodia would like to congratulate and extends warm welcome to Kampuchea Souriya Group 2016!


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