During the winter break, six of our students and two teachers travelled to Cambodia to take part in a humanitarian project in cooperation with 1001fontaines, an association that provides schools in remote areas of the country with safe drinking water. Our students were on site to help set up an access to clean drinking water in a school. The set-up took place during an event which involved the villagers, parents and students as well as Northbridge International School, a Nord Anglia Education school in Cambodia and sister school of Collège Champittet.
This was a unique and enriching experience, as explained by one of our students:
“For Alex and I, this trip to Cambodia was a wonderful experience. We have come back stronger, more mature and realised how lucky we are to live here in Switzerland.
The contrast between the living conditions of the two cultures was indeed so startling that we could hardly believe how good our living conditions really are. The Cambodians, welcoming by nature, hosted us during our stay and took us on a journey that awakened our senses – the flavours of the different dishes that we tasted, the smells of the markets that we visited, and the walks in the streets of various towns that we stopped in (Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, and even Siem Reap at the Angkor temple).
The joy that we experienced during the very lively event in the village near Kampong Cham certainly made the trip worthwhile.
The smiles on the faces of the children were worth all the riches in the world.
The kindness of the teachers during the event, as well as the gratitude that we felt at the end of the day, when we were able to provide these families with access to safe drinking water, thereby decreasing their risk of being affected by diseases transmitted through contaminated water, is indescribable.
Participating in a trip like this is an excellent opportunity. It allowed us to become aware of one of the problems that these people face, which we could have never imagined.
For a few days we focused less on ourselves.
Click here to watch the trip’s video