Making a “World of Difference” in Cambodia

        

On the 5th of January, 2018, 3 families set out on World of Difference’s “Family Humanitarian Tour” of Cambodia.

Helping people in Cambodia was a real eye opening and humbling experience for me.  It made me really appreciate my life.  I cannot wait to go back in the future and help some more!

Kynon 18

This year the World of Difference tour provided us with the opportunity to visit and work in many remote villages throughout Cambodia where you don’t get to visit on your standard Cambodian holiday.  At these villages, we saw how Rotary is making a World of Difference in health, clean water, hygiene, education and sustainable development.  More importantly we got to work and play with the Cambodian villagers as well as: -

  • donate 32 pushbikes to 32 school children who usually had to walk more than 10km’s to and from school every day
  • donate 200 school books and pens to the monks who taught in one of the remote schools
  • donate 22 laptops to a NGO school in Battambang
  • to teach the school children some English
  • to challenge the local school children to a game of soccer and volleyball
  • supply medicine to 3 medical centres
  • drill for water and install a water bore pump
  • donate $500 to the Wildlife Alliance Cambodia who rescue and reintegrate back into their natural habitat wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt
  • donate $1,000 to one of the ethically run orphanages 

In addition to the humanitarian work we had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Cambodian culture, visiting many of Cambodia’s beautiful sites, including seeing Angkor Wat at its best at sunrise, the Phom Kulen holy mountain where we visited the huge reclining Buddah and were blessed by monks, we witnessed a million bats leave their caves at sunset in Battambang, visited the dark past of – S21 and the Killing Fields – which was emotionally draining and confronting, but important to see and consider, we visited the inspirational Wildlife Alliance where we met and fed Lucky the elephant as well as meet many of the rescued animals and we finished the tour with a bit of R&R on the beautiful Rabbit Island.

World of Difference promised “A unique opportunity for families to challenge themselves and enrich their lives through humanitarian work.  After this tour, you can expect your children to return from Cambodia more open minded and resilient, with a new perspective on life!”.  After completing the tour, I can tell you that they were right.  The tour enabled us all to reflect on our own beliefs and values and to grow through the process, an experience that was made all the better by touring with our children and grandchildren.  A World of Difference tour really is a life experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list

World of Difference tours are available to family groups, corporate groups, schoolies, university groups and schools who are looking for an exciting alternative to the World Challenge tours.  If you would like to learn more about how you, your club, your local schools or members in your community can get involved, please email barry.hickman@gmail.com , visit our website www.wod.org.au or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WODHT where you will find a chronology of the tours and what happens.


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