Yes, We Can Give Cambodian Children a High-Quality Education

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10 Dec

Yes, We Can Give Cambodian Children a High-Quality Education

Have you ever had the impression that someone should do something about climate change?

Why isn’t someone doing something to solve the problems of the floating plastic islands in the middle of the ocean?

Someone should do something to stop human trafficking. Who would raise his or her voice?

It’s been too long that we’ve had to face unfair work conditions in third-world countries. How come nobody is doing anything to prevent future abuse?

Does this sound familiar to you?

I dream of changes for the better. I have often wondered why so many Cambodians lack a good education. “It’s so obvious! We need to do that [fill in the blank] to bring about a change. Somebody should do it now!”

There is something I realized: if someone should do something — it might as well be me.

That was the beginning of my new adventure.

I decided to become that someone who will do something so that Cambodian children will get a high-quality education. Now, many months after my decision, I left my beloved country Switzerland.

“It looks like Switzerland! How can this be?”

“It looks like Switzerland!” I thought, looking out the window of the airplane a few seconds before landing at Siem Reap International Airport. “How can this be?” The color was similar. At the end of the rainy season, the entire landscape wearing a beautiful green outfit. Ok, you’re right. No mountains are in sight. So, I should have noticed it right away.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Soon it was clear that I arrived in a different country. There several differences I found here. A different language, a different culture, different food, different traffic rules (or should I say no regulations?), to mention a few. 

I’m Settling in at My New Home

“Welcome home, David!” That’s what my new friends and colleagues told me. 

“Home? Siem Reap Cambodia?” It took me a while to get my head around it. Nonetheless, after a few weeks in Cambodia, I start to feel home, and my love for the Cambodian people is growing. 

I am excited for what is to come. We have a big vision to give every Cambodia child access to high-quality education.

In the next few weeks, I will create a masterplan describing how we, as ICF Cambodia, will respond to the tremendous need in the country I now call my home. More on that in one of the next updates.

I am looking forward to writing a new story in many children’s lives, a story of hope, great opportunities, and a bright future.

One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.

— Malala Yousafzai


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