The past two weeks have been non-stop as I continue to get settled in and acquainted with my new work. I’m now riding motorcycles when I go to our schools outside town. I couldn’t post a picture like the one above when I was a Peace Corps volunteer because the org forbids volunteers from getting on motorcycles. Now, I’m free of those rules.
This week I went with Rany (above) to the school where I used to teach, Puok High School. Ponheary Ly Foundation supports a number of students there so we had to check on test scores. I loved seeing the school director and my teacher friends.
The school already looks different again. This giant new classroom building will be completed in March 2013.
The biggest thing that’s happened in the two weeks since we last talked is that the Ponheary Ly Foundation got more than 100,000 school supplies delivered that we now have to prepare for our students prior to handing them out at each school opening ceremony in a couple weeks. See more pics and videos about the massive delivery here.
–Researching a solar power expansion at one of our schools.
–Meeting with an organization that has girls soccer leagues so that one of our schools can possibly form a team in addition to the boys team it already has.
–Responding to potential PLF volunteers, weeding some out. Then, I was making room reservations, arranging pick up times and locations, and making school assignments for the ones we do accept. (It’s a bit like being a travel agent).
–Meeting with a British org in Siem Reap to set up a new way for people from the U.K. to donate to PLF…it allows us to receive 25% U.K. government gift funds.
–Separating donors into groups by country, and PLF projects they’ve donated to, so that we can communicate with them in more intimate ways.
–Learning the ins-and-outs of what it’s going to take on my part to help PLF grow in big ways the next year. I’m going to have to grow a backbone and be a manager.
And, this week I cast my vote for President of the U.S. I only wish my vote was registered in Ohio or Florida, instead of Kentucky.