"Here I go again on my own".....and now I find myself in a town called Suong after lots of stops and 110 km cycled. I would have continued further, but this is the last town before I hit Kratie which is located in the northeast of Cambodia. The town of Suong is something else....Lots of abandoned buildings, not many lights, mobs of kids on scooters and a central carnival area which reminds me of a Taratino flick from the 90's...I was just waiting to get circled by a scooter gang when I rolled up today so innocently.......and I was ready to make peace by giving out a soccer ball....but my security wasn't an issue and tomorrow I will be heading out early to hammer that road!
Today I was cycling and met a kid collecting bottles on the road....Thanks to everyone who contributed to this charity I am able to perform random acts of kindness and hopefully he finds time to play and have fun....I made a stop at a field away from a school to avoid large crowds....but the kids started running towards me in squads wondering what my circus act was all about. I played volleyball with the kids and gave them a new ball. I gave other groups of kids balls as well and then continued on to the next destination.
Our charity ride through Cambodia is coming to an end, but now I have a better idea of their struggles and the education system. I would love to come back and I can't believe how many schools I come across on a daily basis. Public servants in this country make 50$ a month.....which is not realistic to survive, especially when you have a family.... Funds for education doesn't exist, unless it is given to the school by an outside donation....and that donation might not always go in the hands of the right person....I have enjoyed my time here and I feel I can take this charity to another level if I could dedicate more time to witness growth with these kids in a long term setting....
Once we hit Laos I want to continue to provide kids with the gift of sport....If you would like to make a donation it would be greatly appreciated to reach out to as many kids as possible...and I won't stop working until every dollar is spent to give these kids the freedom to play....