A special day in Siem Reap
We had a day off in Siem Reap, but I had many things to do! The trailer needed to be refilled and I found a place called Hong sports who are willing to support our ride for the rest of our journey. After the trailer was filled to the top, I decided to spend some time at the orphanage. A girl I met by the name of Rita lead me to the AOEO and I had an incredible time.
I sat down with the director and he told me about the services they provide their children. There are 36 kids living at the orphanage permanently and the children go to a government funded school during the day. However, the orphanage is also a school where they allow all children from the community to expand and learn new skills after there regular school hours are completed. When I arrived there was a mandarin lesson taking place and I was very excited to jump in and join the lesson. The director told me education in Cambodia receives little funds and it is very difficult to obtain supplies. He also told me they love volleyball and they have a drop in program every Sunday where the kids can come and play. We donated six volleyballs, three basketballs, two skipping ropes and a frisbee. Also, we donated a net to ensure they can continue playing when the old one falls apart.
It was very inspiring to hear the director speak. He spoke with emotion about the children and the strides they have made to become educated. The volunteers and people who have dedicated their lives to these types of organizations are heroes....We are glad to help out and the next day I will be back to hang out play some games...
Yesterday we started our day at the orphanage and I promised the kids we would come back for another visit before we head off to the next city. The kids at the orphanage are amazing and their English is pretty good! The volunteers at this orphanage should be very proud of their hard work providing these kids with the gift of education....Thank you AOEO for letting us spend time with you, we look forward to seeing you again!
People have been asking me "why don't you rent a car instead of traveling by bike...?" The answer is you get such a better feel for the people and how they live their lives. I believe it's important to inspire and lead by example....and when people see you battling through the elements of nature to provide them with a gift, they appreciate your charity that much more. The idea of strength has many forms, but I believe the people feel our spirit and hopefully we inspire a few along the way...
There are so many kids heading down highway 6 to Phnom Penn! One of our favorite moments of our trip thus far took place yesterday and we came across a few boys playing basketball with a worn down volleyball that barely bounced and we gave them a new Spalding basketball for them to play and have fun. Everyone who has contributed to this charity should be proud, you are putting smiles on the faces of children who we meet everyday....
We are battling heat and a constant headwind, but who cares....Mother nature can push you around like a bully at a playground, but it's going to be impossible to break the spirit of the ride....Yesterday we finished riding in a town called Stoung and now we are itching closer to the capital to refill the trailer. We handed so much equipment in the past few days and the smiles are worth every km cycled....
Jiayou and to my Chinese friends....Xin nian kuai le!