Just a brief introduction to some of the faces I work with:
And this is her friend. Together they constantly razz me about my pronunciation of Phnom Penh- which actually should be spelled more paanyom bpeng.
Here are two more characters.
Singing duet to the morning assembly. The boy on the right loves to sing and act. He wrote a short skit about a boy who abuses alcohol and is wasting his life annoying others, until one night he is badly beaten by a neighbor and so turns his life around.
It will be an ongoing and interesting feature of the center to help this collection of ambitious and competitive children to collaborate and adjust to no longer always easily being top dog. To help in this effort is our Cambodian social worker, and a professional Khmer therapist who is available to work with students one on one.
Then there is Jo, from Australia, fresh off 5 years as the department chair at the prestigious Western Academy of Beijing.
This next photo is from orientation- my 'Team" that went out to gather information on the nearby 'study grid' that will serve as the locus for much of our learning. That is my AMAZING Khmer assistant teacher, Reksmey, to my right. Twenty years old and studying economics and politics at university in PP. She has come from a tough background and credits her Christianity with being a source that kept her going. She has adapted so quickly to my style of teaching and I trust her 100% to convey what I am saying in spirit as well as letter.
That is just a quick glance, but hopefully it gives a glimmer of the good fortune I have of being here.