On 22nd January 2018, I was volunteering for Disability Podcast Exploration (DPE) with Sushi Firas. I spent a lot of time brainstorming ideas to make a good podcast that could influence people who are the disability to think positively. I have created a podcast name Accessible Transport in Cambodia.
I really love making a podcast that I could say “hey! 100% I’ll join Podcast Exploration”. I volunteer to join Podcast Exploration and I make my life change! I absolutely ended up becoming a person who influences people who are the disability. Once I was young, I hoped that I could change disability people’s life. I thought this exploration is the biggest volunteer that I had been in my life and now it’s real. I have to find the solution that people have done that help people with disability.
We have selected three solutions that people have done. One of the solutions that I pick is accessible transport in Cambodia. Accessible transport is a product that produced by Agile Development Group. They decided to call their product Mobilituk. Mobilituk is a tuk-tuk that has a design with a ramp that people in the wheelchair can access to travel by the Mobilituk. How the Mobilituk help people in the wheelchair? Mobilituk is the first tuk-tuk that accesses for people on the wheelchair to travel around by the long way. The normal tuk-tuk can only contain small things such as begs, foods, etc, but not the motorcycle and etc. The Mobilituk can access with the typical and not typical person too. If you wanna see the Podcast please click on the link.
At the end of each academic year, this is the first reflection that I have ever done in Liger. Our reflection have to go through the following question: How did I think about the change? How did I raise awareness about necessary change? How did I try to promote and encourage change? How did I develop the possibility of change? And how did I actually create change?
Cambodia has a lot of problems now, for the following time we have a lot of solutions, but some of the solutions are not available for Cambodia. Changing Cambodia is not easy, but the time has come to us and push us to make a small step of change to make a big change for Cambodia. In this year, I have done many interesting projects that might make changes in Cambodia. Another from projects, I did educate myself about habits and people’s habits is the first way to start change.
2017/2018 Yearly Reflection:
Does anyone know Mark Zuckerberg? Mark Zuckerberg is an American technology entrepreneur who known as leading Facebook. He has changed the world by publication Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s changes don’t take 1 day, but it takes many years! Some people might think that changing the world is easy if we make the product that the world hasn’t done yet, But I am not. “Little by little” is the best way to change Cambodia, Don’t you think like me? Cambodia is now starting to develop from one step to another, but something is going from the best to the worst. Almost all of my change is going through all of my explorations that I have done.
What change from the best to the worst? It is really simple. Do you know how many plastics per day that Phnom Penh made? The estimate of the amount of the plastic in Phnom Penh per day is about 10 thousand tons. From 1998 until now, Cambodia started to use more plastic than before.
Cambodia Geography Book:
In Liger Leadership Academy our junior cohort has the goal of making Cambodia Geography Book and provide them to the government school and other people who interested in Cambodia Geography. We have divided into four regions for each round of exploration and we have 15 juniors in each region of Cambodia. We need to collect all the information of each province such as history, the human system, location in special terms of each province, Physical system, place, and region, and environment and society. We had been working so hard on Geography of Cambodia and now, we have almost reached the end of the Cambodia Geography.
Cambodia Geography region 4:
Liger Leadership Academy has 5 explorations for each student in each year. The 4th exploration that I have is Cambodia Geography region 4 which is the last region in the Cambodia Geography book. The last three regions have many works to redo it again because there are some problems with pieces of information, students prediction and many more. Because of that experiences the last region which is my region have to be really careful about information, and all of our works that important for the Cambodia Geography book. Three weeks have past and this week we need to go on a trip. And now let’s read my story during the trip! Enjoy.
“Yes! Yes! Tomorrow is the time that I waiting for many months! It’s Geography trip!” I said. Today now, Junior cohort have a really big goal to make the Cambodia Geography Book. I went to four provinces in Cambodia which are Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, and Mondulkiri. I sit in the bus almost for 3 hours once the driver is traveling to the first province that we will go. The first province that I will gone to is Kratie province. Hey let’s here one fun fact. My best friend’s hometown is located in Kratie provinces and Kratie province is where I can eat the best orange in Cambodia. Anyway, I still need to get up early to get ready for the trip. “Okay, we now in Kratie province” Our facilitator said. “We arrive!” I said with a big smile. We have gone to many places in Kratie province and we were really fun, tired, and lazy too. “The time move so fast. Isn’t it?” i asked. We are now have already gone for three provinces which are Kratie, Stung Treng, and Ratanakiri we only have one province left to go! I am now could say that the last province(Mondulkiri) is the best province that I have ever gone to. I left Ratanakiri in the evening and arrive Mondulkiri at night. We sleep in a guest house that belong to our facilitator’s friend. “Interesting! We would get discount from this guest house. Wouldn’t it?” I said. Everyone laugh within the facilitator too. In the morning we went to a small restaurant that sell the foods such as Khmer noodle, porridge , and many more. Suddenly my aunt and my uncle is in that small restaurant too. I feel really happy to see them and I hug my aunt, but not my uncle and I don’t know why? Badly, my aunt and my uncle have to go to work soon and they have to say goodbye to me now! “Oh my ghost! You have to go now I want to stay with you longer, but that okay because you have your responsibility to do your work. I’m fine with it” I said. After we eat breakfast, we went to the ministry of culture and fine art of Mondulkiri province. I did a really great job for everything and the facilitator admire me. The next worst place that I will go is Lengtruk waterfall which located in Mondulkiri province and that waterfall is the last place in our geography trip. We have to hike along the mountains, forest to go to that waterfall (Lengtruk). Once we arrived there, we went to take a shower in the waterfall, but not me. Accidentally, I want to go to the other side of the waterfall. There is a road! I can go to the other side now. Once I was walking I slide into the water and I almost drown. I swam back and really angry to myself, I ask myself “Why I slide into the water? That stupid!”. “Now it’s time to eat lunch” my teacher said. I go and take my lunch and take the water too. Finally, once I want to drink the water there aren’t any water in my water bottle. “What happen to me this morning it’s really bad! Today may be the worst day that I ever have in my life!” I said. Our goal is to come back before night time, but we didn’t reached our goal. We sleep in our friend’s house which is Ena’s house. In the morning we came back to school safely.
How the Cambodia Geography Book change Cambodia?
The Cambodia Geography Book is the first Book that junior cohort will public to the government and the world. The Cambodia Geography Book is also the first book in Cambodia that talking all about 24 provinces and a city in Cambodia. People in the world is really good to know about their country. Isn’t it? In Cambodia, Cambodian should be knowing and understanding all the history, region, and many more about their provinces and their country. Why? “Excuse me! Do you know the history of this temple?” person1 said “I don’t know go and ask other.” person2 reply. If you were person 2 will you shy to say that sentence? For me, I will be shy, because You live there and you don’t even know what the history of that thing or place you would be really shy to say I don’t know to them.
The foreigners can also access to read the Cambodia Geography Book because the book is written in English and Khmer. The foreigners and the people who are interested in Cambodia Geography can buy this book and understand about Cambodia too. Now on, Cambodia is starting to develop from step to step and the history of Cambodia is falling down from step to step too. Don’t you think like what I said? This book will add all of the information that talking about the history of each place, provinces, and the history of Cambodia so that the history of Cambodia won’t get away from Cambodian.
Changing is a really big word for me and for now. To change thing is really difficult for me at all. It’s two years that I have learned in the Liger Leadership Academy and what I have been changed is what I have learned. Today, many things happened before and many things will happen in the future. Habits are the first thing that I face in the first year I begin leaving and learning in the Liger Leadership Academy and I discussed with myself how can I change “me” and how can I change Cambodia.
Black Panther is an American 2018 film that the first published on 29 January 2018. The Black Panther is the best film that I ever saw in my 13 years old living on the earth and this film is also shown me a thing that all people in the world should do. What will you choose between your country and money? Absolutely for 99.99% of people in the world would say “I pick my country”. What happens if your country is the only country that has one thing that all the countries around the world don’t have? In the movie(Black Panther), Uganda is the only country that has the strongest metal in the world which is vibranium. Killmonger’s father wanted to sell the vibranium to other countries for a big amount of money and Black Panther’s father wanna stop Killmonger’s father not to sell it to other countries by killing Killmonger’s father. By that movie, I started to think about my country and I said “ho! In the future I could take this movie to change my thinking. I can do everything to save my country”.