The first four or five patients were young children with fever, cough and sniffles. Yes, the common cold is prevalent even in Cambodia. When the adult patients came in, Gordon and I decided to step outside to allow them some privacy and dignity, and we took the opportunity to take a look around the orphanage.
Gordon & I left Hahn to spend the afternoon at the clinic while we went to visit the School. It’s an impressive complex, complete with a well stocked library. Besides regular curriculum, the children learn English and Japanese and computer skills. English classes are held in the evening for students who attend government schools during the day. They openly welcome volunteers from all around the globe to complement their own English teachers. I got to try my hand at some English classes, which were a lot of fun. Of course, the usual barrage of questions from the students ensued, so I spent some time telling them about snow, and Canada and the four seasons, and how long it took to get from Canada to Cambodia, and….and…and... Their English is amazingly good. If only I could speak Khmer 1/10 as well as they speak English, I would be so happy! But I struggle along, picking up a word here and there, and I often get by with sign language.