Getting Ready to Leave (Again)

This week has absolutely flown by, filled with all the normal activities - clinic, school, and lots of school visits for Andrew. We've had the new SP regional director for Eurasia visiting the Poipet projects, and then another team of donors from Australia visiting and teaching hygiene classes at the schools Andrew works at. There were several experienced teachers on the team, and Andrew said he'd never seen anyone connect with the kids so well so quickly.

Andrew has already left Poipet for what will be an 18-day-long trip to many different parts of the country. He stopped off in a southern province for his monthly check up on the water access project in Kampong Chhnang. He will head off to the capital today, and I will be joining him tomorrow. Tonight, I get the wonderful chance to help vaccinate about 30 kids at a local children's home. Since I'm used to making kids cry (in my previous job working in the emergency room at Children's Mercy in Kansas City), I was an obvious candidate for the job!

During our trip, Andrew and I will be running a 10k in Kep, a small seaside town south of the capital. The run is to raise money for an NGO, Bridges Across Borders-Cambodia, which works on social justice issues, such as land eviction victims. Since we'll already be down in the area for the yearly SP staff retreat, and it's the day after my 25th birthday, we just couldn't find an excuse not to do it. I'm a bit nervous, as this is the first 10k race I've run. I've come a long way since my first 3k in Siem Reap and look forward to a run that goes through the Cambodian countryside through villages and quiet dirt roads. I've already told my mother (who is training for a marathon - go Mom!) that if I do well on this, I might just have to start training for the Kansas City half-marathon in October when we come back to the States!