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These are the experiences of our volunteers in Cambodia.

Monday, Nov 24: Day 1 of Construction on the Second Latrine

Posted in Cambodia on November 24, 2014

We started our second latrine near the weaving centre today; it is a little different than our first site as it is quite remote and separate from the rest of the community.

There is a pond full of lotus flowers surrounding the site and it is quite a beautiful place. The lotus flowers produce an interesting fruit that has these small pea-like pods that can be eaten, and there is usually someone sorting or harvesting the fruit at some time throughout the day.

The new site presents a few new challenges, such as: less shade and more vegetation which will make digging the pit for the waste reservoir more difficult. However, we are much more skilled now that we have one latrine under our belts already. Today we got plenty of bricks laid for all four walls, and they are much more even and level, and require less tapping and straightening from Mr. Chen who has been helping us at this site. We accomplished a lot for the first day and we had less help than last week so we were pretty happy with the results.

At the end of the day, we went for a dip and played some pool at the hotel before dinner. We decided to try a newly opened tapas restaurant called ‘Breezes’ that has only been open for a week. The menu wasn't complete yet but they gave us to some of their new creations throughout the evening, and really gave us the royal treatment! ‘Breezes’ is run by a couple from Switzerland who had been working at a bilingual NGO school that teaches French and English. After volunteering for quite sometime they were looking for a financially sustainable way to start a life in Kep – seems like they are really living the dream and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

Sarah Armstrong
DWC Team Leader
Cambodia, November 2014

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