It is not often that, an old guy like me, gets to participate in young people group meetings anymore, especially a group of students and professionals like these. Mr. Ya, on the left, is learning to be a Silversmith, Ms. Telvery is a second year student of Midwifery, Mr. Chandara is a professional Singer and Songwriter, Mr.Nhahn, a third year Student of the Arts, Mr. Channa, a master level graduate and the Director of the Wat Opot Children’s Community, Mr. Van is a Student of men’s hair fashions, Mr. Sina, a university graduate working for an NGO in Phnom Penh and the Organizer of the Wat Opot Transitioned Youth Group, and Mr. Samorn RN, working on his masters in nursing and employed by a pharmaceutical company in Phnom Penh. Several members of the group were missing because they were to busy with work or school and could not get away.
The common thread that holds this group together is that all of them at one time were residents of the Wat Opot Community. The purpose of the meeting was to share their experiences with each other and also to discuss this groups future… since there is a possibility that eight or more youth from Wat Opot will be joining them at the end of this school years.
The interactions went well and although the idea of eating all the meat I wanted to sounded good at first, I was disappointed by the Colonel’s poor service and the quality of the chicken… but maybe it has always been that way and I only realize it now that I am eating primarily vegetables and rice.
Education now is one of our biggest expenditures each month and we are so very grateful for all of you who continue to support us financially, so that we can provide opportunity for young people, such as these, to achieve their aspirations.