The Quiet Flood
The yearly wet monsoon season in Cambodia brings stormy wind and rain from June through December. The Mekong river water then overflows into the Tonle Sap Lake. This powerful overflow can expand the lake water volume by fivefold, and raise the lake water level from 1 to 10 meters in some places, in effect causing flooding—quiet and destructive flooding–to the surrounding areas, including the Tri An village where the IHM students’ families live and the Le Van Khanh school itself.
The quiet but devastating yearly flood is causing damages, losses, displacements, disruptions and potential diseases all around. You wonder if the families can survive and recover from its annual destruction. The people probably can as they have always been able to in the previous years. You just hope most families will manage to keep their children in school during the recovery period. Then you wonder if the children can actually focus on their schooling during this difficult time.
Take a look at the children’s effort in the pictures below, you can see the answer on their faces–of course they can and will, with a little help from you.
Students taking the school boat to school–no calamity can deter them from pursuing their dreams.
Students will be wading through the water all the way home.
No calamity can deter this student from pursuing his dream.
A-going to school we will go, big brother and little sister, we will catch our hope and never let it go…
Grandma’s hands steer that oar toward my future so well…
Your yearly support for each student will cover the entire school year expenses of tuition, school supplies, meals, some food & emergency assistance to the family. Moreover, your support will cover an entire year of precious consolation and hope for these children and their families.
Please be there for them.
IHM has been helping the Tri An residents built adjustable platforms/temporary floors that can be raised to keep dry from the rising water.
The look of distress and despair–since you can only raise the platform so high….
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Thank you for your generous support to create lasting change and brighter tomorrow for the stateless children of TonLe Sap.
No calamity can deter these little warriors from pursuing their dreams.
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” ~ Mandy Hale
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