In June, 2011 we were visited by KD – an extraordinary and unforgettable Vietnamese nun.
While touring Wat Opot she was motivated about the plans to convert one of the ponds and surrounding area into a Peace Garden. A place where children and adults alike could go to meditate, contemplate, and just relax in peaceful surroundings. KD donated $1,000 towards the project; money that was donated to her to put towards a good cause.
The pond was cleared of fish, an enclosing wall was built, trees and flowers were planted and the previous frog hatchery was converted into a tiled sitting area with small fish ponds on either side.
The garden is still in the early stages of plant growth, but here are some photo’s of the newly renovated area.
With the guidance of Mr. Huit our Art Teacher, some of our older boys sculpted these statues out of wire and cement,
and this larger one of a Monk who now watches over the children when they meditate.
I went over again today to get a couple more shots and I came across Mr. Wey and Mr. Chay, having a snack of berries and sitting quietly on the tile. I paused and tried to quietly get my camera out of its case before they saw me, but of course, their little hawk ears heard the Velcro closure and upon seeing me and the camera, ditched the berries and ran over to get in the photo. Chay promptly climbed on the Monk and assumed the meditation pose -of which he is a master. And what Cambodia child photo wouldn’t be complete without their adopted photo-peace-sign (always in front of their face).
Thanks KD and thanks to all who have given us your support over the years. Wat Opot is developing into a permanent community and the changes we are making today will effect hundreds of children in the future.