The Indigenous Community in Cambodia

After we published a book that helps to promote geographical features of Cambodia, we found another gem that were hidden at the corner of the country. They are the “The Indigenous Community of Cambodia”.

According to OpenDevelopment Cambodia, The 1998 Cambodian population census identified 17 different indigenous peoples, but the consensus today is that there are 24 groups spread across 15 provinces, with the highest populations by far in Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, and Kratie. They are estimated to number around 200,000 or around 1.2% of the population. Groups are often identified by their language. They broadly fall into two linguistic families: Austronesian, which includes the Jarai people, and Mon-Khmer, which includes the Brao, Kreung, Tumpoun, Bunong, and Kui.

Unfortunately, most of them are being unknown. I would say “Pnong” is the most well-known indigenous group. Other than that, we people have no idea if we’re mentioning the other indigenous group beside Pnong. Did you know that they have an amazing tradition that they deserved to be known? That’s why a project-based-learning called “Indigenous Community” existed. We are trying and working so hard to promote and bring back their tradition and culture.

However, we only have 7 weeks to accomplish this project, therefore we couldn’t help to promote 24 groups at once. We decided to choose two specific groups and make it nice and polish and the two indigenous groups are “Kui and Stieng”.

The population of Stieng indigenous community is mostly in Steung Treng province. Kui population is mostly in Bangkerng pal village, Preah Vihear province. We did a lot of research about this community on a variety of topics and there is not much information about them. We decided to take a trip to both communities for 2 nights and 3 days. The topics that we researched are ceremony, language, norms and belief, language, music, art, education, healthcare, food economy, geography, people and environment.

First off, I would like to write what the outcomes of this project are. We would like to make videos about each topic that listed above for Stieng community and we publish a book that included all of the topics listed above for Kui Community.

As you know that we only have 7 weeks to finish it up so again, lacking time is the main challenge that we’ve faced. 3 weeks took us to go on a trip and conducted the interview, we have 4 weeks remained to design this book. However, our passion would never end. We used our time wisely and worked so hard toward achieving this remarkable book.

We finally finished putting things together into a book! However, we went there again because we have to verified the information with the villagers as well as the village chief if the words are appropriate to use and also are the information that we are putting about them is true or not. It’s been a great journey throughout the exploration and I can see how ecstatic Kui people are seeing us as change agent doing such an important project that give a lot of impacts.

I really appreciate how hard our team had been working on to accomplish this project. Now the videos are done and the book is published. Being a change maker is hard, but our passion keeps us to continue what we are doing and here we are with our lovely book and videos. Here’s the link to our website if you’re interested to see more about indigenous community: http://indigenouspeoples.ligeracademyblog.org/. Remember it’s just our first step to make the change!

2 Years Worth 420 Pages

Imagine that there are numerous gems that your country has, but no one knows how prepossessing they are. They were hidden in the corner of the country. How would you feel as a citizen of the country?

As a result, this crucial problem had lead us into an idea where we are trying to promote those treasures that Cambodian ancestors offered to us as a next generation. Book is the outcome of this project.

Making an impact on something requires a strenuous effort. However, I believe that small step does matter. Most people wouldn’t believe that it is possible for a 14-year-old girl to change her country. However, Liger Leadership Academy provides a project-based learning program for the students to become a change agent for the country. This year, cohort 2 finally finished a huge project that they have been working on. The project is called “The Geography Book of Cambodia” and guess what? We’ve been working on this project for 2 years and spending our time designing this book fo 3,150 hours which is not that easy.

It has been through innumerable steps to get this book polish. The cohort 2 of Liger Leadership Academy spent 4 rounds of the project-based learning traveling to 24 provinces including 1 city in Cambodia. We interviewed the villagers, visited the geographical places and enjoyed the marvelous view there. The photographs that are in our book are originally taken by our students. There are a few pictures that we took from Google Image, but we credited them in the caption underneath the picture. We conducted the information that after we came back from the trip. Some of the information that we got in our book are from research as well. After we wrote and organized those text (in both languages) into a google docs, the facilitators introduced us into a fancy way to credit the author of the data. It is called “APA citation”. Obviously, we don’t want to take the information from others and do not credit for them. That is called “plagiarism”. After we organized the information, checked the words and credited the authors, we started to the exciting stage which is “designing”.

There are ten designers in our team. We started off with conducting the designs/templates and chose which template will we design in the book. First of all, we would like to say that we were very new to the software. It is called “Adobe InDesign”. Therefore we also had to take time to learn how to get familiar with this software. We had two people from cohort 1 taught us how to insert texts, images, shapes, etc. After we chose the final design, we started to divide the designs to our lovely designers. There are four sections which is 4 regions that we designed in our book. We tried our best to finish this book even though the homework had stopped us from having free time. After a long journey, we finally did it! The only thing that needed to be done was finalizing it.

Adobe InDesign Software That We Used To Design

However, something had happened. As we’re reading through our book, we feel that we should input more of students voices into the book. That’s why our team came up with the add-ons which are Traditional Belief, Did you know?, Student Observation and Watch out. These add-ons are written from our students who have visited those places. We will include those in the part of the book because we want the reader to understand the Liger students’ perspective of visiting those places.

Moreover, everyone agreed that The Geography of Cambodia book had too much-written texts which might lose the reader’s interest. Therefore, the idea of creating more visuals for the text came to our minds. This meant inserting more graphics in the book. We discovered, researched different ways to do this and made a lot of graphic design through Photoshop and other software and websites. “Self-belief and hard work always earn you success” is quoted by unknown. We finally saw how our book turns out and looks like!

After we finished the design, the other main challenge for us was to get the sign from the minister of culture and fine art. We did really hope that they did sign for this amazing Geography Book of Cambodia. Three of the designers went to the Ministry and we presented this book for them. It was a great experience for me to speak formally in front of important people. Actually the minister was in France at that time, so we presented to the deputy director. It was a little bit scary because we need to be careful with our words, but I did it! Finally, we got the sign from the minister and we finally get this book the the very final stage!

Presented to the Deputy Directors

We were at our final stage in which we went through every single word in both languages (English and Khmer) and check if there are any writing mistakes in the book. There are some mistakes in our book, so we corrected it. After a long journey, I can’t believe that it is now in my hands. Was I dreaming? This book is very beautiful and I am very honored to be a part of making this book.

Comparing our very first design and the final design now, it had been a huge improvement. I couldn’t believe how we did it! We started off with a very boring book that was full of text, but now it is an amazing and creative textbook! I still can’t believe it!

Front & Back Cover of The Geography of Cambodia Book

Can’t Believe It’s In My Hand Now!

One of the goals publishing this book is to distribute them to the government school in Cambodia. As you know that the students at Liger Leadership Academy come from different provinces in Cambodia. During the Khmer New Year break, some of our students went to their hometown and distributing the book to the government school that they studied before coming to Liger or the school that is close to their house. We’re planning to put the book in the curriculum and right now we’re in progress of approving from the minister. When I was talking with school principals, they couldn’t believe how young kids making this huge project to change the world. They showed me the appreciation to the book and I’m proud that I accomplished this for my country!

I’m super excited for people to read this book and understand more about the Kingdom of Cambodia. Accomplishing this project might be the proudest moment in my life. I am so excited about what I can do more to give impacts to my country.

Escape the Ordinary

Photo by: Chanda Cheng

It is rare for a person that lives in the city that is surrounded by electricity, modern infrastructure and technology to have a chance to look at beautiful nature. To me, nature is something that occurs by itself and it is our friends. Since technology has been exposed to us, we forget about what nature has offered to us. I never went hiking in my life until I came to Liger Leadership Academy. At the end of year 1, everyone went hiking for 8 km at Kep province. I was pretty exhausted, however, the beauty of nature didn’t make me feel that way. In fact, it pushed me to get involved in hiking more. I really hope that I will have this splendid time again. Fortunately, my wish came true. It was the second hike of my life. Me and other 11 students went to two provinces in Cambodia (Kampong Speu & Mondulkiri). I got this second chance through project-based learning called “Outdoor Leadership”. 

I had three main goals for these trips. They were learning more about the environment there, seeing new animals/plants and taking risks & overcoming fears. Keeping myself hydrated is also important because health is one of life’s priorities. After I learned about the 4 leadership styles & roles, I was also interested in using at least one of them during the trip. 

During the Kirirom trip, I had a lot of fun and I did a very good job of being an active follower. However, we didn’t really engage much during trekking. Therefore, my plan for the next trip was to be engaging and showing as much enthusiasm as I can to make this journey more fun. 

Like one of our group members said, Mondulkiri was a very challenging trip. It really was because there are a lot of challenges and risks that we had to go through together as a team. Moreover, everything about this Mondulkiri trip went beyond my expectations. 

Photo by: Chornson Sum

First things first, I had to overcome my fear of heights. I feel a sense of panic and anxiety when I am at a high place. However, staying at a high place with beauty didn’t give me a sense of fear at all. After I had overcome my fear of heights, there was still an obstacle which is the leeches. It was my first time seeing leeches. Seeing them bite one of the teammates, I started shaking. I almost couldn’t continue the journey because it scared and creeped me out. At the end, I won’t give up on what I’m doing because we almost reached our destination. I believe that we have to assess the risk and understand about it first before starting to feel panic. Soon after, one of our teammates got bitten by the leech. I was close to her, but I was also afraid of it, but I couldn’t ignore it and left her like that. That’s why I had to step up and become comfortable with the uncomfortable. I hesitated to pick that leech with my bare hands, but that’s what I had to do to achieve this goal to “take risks and overcome fears” which I’ve mentioned before. After the fear of leeches was over, we encountered the steep way. It might be the steepest way that I’ve ever walked on. We had to be very cautious to avoid injuries. To me, I’m very proud of the teammates on our collaboration and communication. We used the sign called “Red Light, Yellow Light, and Green Light” that we used to determine our trekking speed. Red Light means to stop. Yellow Light means to trek slowly and Green Light means to continue. Everyone did a great job with listening and understanding each other even though they were good to continue while there was one person or people who wouldn’t be able to. Talking about communication, it happened to not only me, but other students as well about speak up for ourselves which we called “self-advocate”. There were challenges that will make us stop and take our packs off such as being exhausted, dehydrated, injured, etc. If we don’t speak up and let our teammates continue, our problems would keep going. That’s why it is very important to speak up before the problem gets worse. 

After a long journey of hiking with steep and leeches, we came back along with the rain. When we came back to the campsite, I was disappointed because the tents were wet and most of our clothes got wet and we had two days more to go. But this exploration taught me to have hope. Instead of focusing on problems, we worked on the solution instead. We decided to sleep at the tour guide’s house and hoped it would not rain tomorrow. At the end of the day, we were happy with what we had and what we did. 

I believe that those leeches, thunder storms, going through the steep way are worth it. Like a quote says “There is a light at the end of the tunnel”. We got to see the beautiful waterfalls, birds, plants and elephant. That might be the most rewarding part of this trip. 

Photo by: Chanda Cheng

One specific thing that I could have done more is to be more curious about nature. I could have asked more questions and learned more about the environment there. The trees, creatures, waterfall, and everything is so perfect that they deserve to be known and visited. 

Overall, the journey with these amazing people gave me one of the best moments of my life. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be surrounded by nature and learn about leadership in outdoors. If there’s another chance to have another time like this again, I would be very ecstatic to join!

Newton’s Three Laws

Have you ever heard about a guy who discovered gravity? He is Issac Newton. Not only gravity discovery, Issac also discovered his three laws of motion. So what are those three laws?

According to Wikipedia, Newton used them to explain and investigate the motion of many physical objects and systems. Now let’s understand and learn about the first law. The first law of motion could also be called “The Law of inertia”. The definition of inertia is the tendency of an object to resist a change in motion which means an object would stays the same and it will change if there’s an unbalance force or external force acted on that object. Here’s an example of this first law:

This example shows that the ball will continue to stay at the spot where it was kept. This conveys the statement that says “an object at rest stays at rest and an object continues its state of motion”. The ball will not stay at that spot anymore because there’s a force to the ball which there was a person kicked the ball. At first I thought learning about science was complicated, but it’s easy if you break it down and understand the concept step by step. 

There’s a website which helps guiding us learning about STEM where we use it all the time when we do reading. It is called ck12.org. If you are interested to read the 2nd and 3rd Newton’s Law of Motion, you can read it here: https://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Physical-Science-For-Middle-School/section/14.0/. 

Rate and Speed

As I always say, as time goes by, we always learn new lessons. Here we are again in Math class, we ended this round by learning about “Rate and Speed”. But why is it important to learn about it? Well, it is obviously important because we need this to interact with our daily life. 

Another question is what is the relationship between speed, distance and time? The relationship between three of them is that we can measure how quickly something could move from one point to another point. 

Here’s the formula: 

Distance = Speed * Time

Speed = Distance/Time

Time = Distance/Speed

Example:

A van traveled 216 km in 4 hours. Can you find its speed in km/h? 

So the problem wants us to find the speed in km/h. Well, you already know the formula so it is easy! Just following the formula which Distance/Time:

216/4 = 54 km/h

So that’s the answer to the problem above!

Diving Deep Going Far

This is last round of our third year. However we had a different learning style in this round which we had an independent work. We started to learn how to manage our own time and our own learning. In addition to that, we also had a book learning which we chose one book and learned about it. 

The book that I chose called “Diving Deep Going Far”. Reading the back cover of this book has interested me because I never read this kind of book before and I rarely see a novel that is related to Cambodia. It is a novel that was written to show women empowerment in Cambodia. It conveys the struggling of women in Cambodia, a country that has a particular tradition role for men and women. This book has written in different point of view from different person. Some chapters are written from the point of view of Nary and some are written from the point of view of the other people. 

This book has evoked me a lot on how those women in the society being suffered. Also, one of the main challenges is that they are living as as a people that the society or family want them to be, not who they want themselves to be. It surprised me how this story ended. I don’t want to spoil what would happen, so you have to purchase this book and read it to know! 

I would highly recommend this book to everyone and I also think that it is important to read this book because it raises the awareness of women empowerment. This book has taught me a lot and I got a lot of inspiration from this marvellous book , “Diving Deep, Going Far” as well and I hope you do too!

Multimedia Independent Learning

Entrepreneurship is one of my favorite subjects. There are a lot of different type of business and one of those is marketing in which the business marketers try to promote the product. Also, there are different ways that they do to promote such as poster, ad video, presentation, etc. Graphic design is also my passion. I really want to be a great graphic designer, but it requires creativity. To be honest, I’m not a creative person, therefore I would love to challenge myself in this independent work and making flyer.

To combine both business graphic design together, I would love to design a flyer. First of all, let’s understand what flyer is. According to the dictionary flyer is “a small handbill advertising an event or product.” I believe that a good flyer is a flyer that is creatively made and get a lot of noticed and read. According to digitalprinting.co.uk, there are 5 reasons to use flyers to promote special events:

    • Reach your audience
    • Get creative
    • Something tangible
    • Incentive
    • Measurable

To create this flyer, I learned the tutorial from YouTube and I used Adobe Photoshop to design. I have a very less knowledge about Photoshop, therefore it was a challenge for me. Getting creative might be the other one as well. I saw one poster that has been posted on YouTube and it was very interesting and would love to learn from it.

Here’s how my final product turned out:

One specific lesson that I learned was very new to me. I is called “Create clipping mask”. It is one of the functions in Photoshop where we can insert the image into the shape that we want. For example, I use the Clipping Mask tool to insert the group picture into the blue circle above as well as the buffaloes.

Getting to learn by my own is fun. Sometimes learning lessons by my own bring me more focus than learning as a group. However learning as team also bring me more ideas as well. Things always contain good and bad things. Overall, I really like this independent learning and I would love to have another one!

ងើយស្កក ឱនដាក់គ្រាប់

សេចក្តីអធិប្បាយ

កើតចាស់ឈឺស្លាប់ គឺជាច្បាប់ធម្មជាតិ ដែលបានចែងនៅក្នុងព្រះពុទ្ធសាសនា ។ ហេតុដូច្នេះហើយ ប្រជាជនគ្រប់រូប គួរតែប្រព្រឹត្ត និងខំ​សាង​កុសលធម៌ល្អឲ្យបានច្រើន មុនពេលដែលខ្លួនបានចាកចេញ ពីពិភពលោកនេះ ។​ ការដែលមានឥរិយាបថ និងអកប្បកិរិយាល្អ​ ក៏​បន្សល់​កេរ្តិ៍​ឈ្មោះល្អ​​ ទៅ​តាមទង្វើ ដែលបានប្រព្រឹត្តផងដែរ​ ។ ដូច្នេះហើយ បានជាបុព្វបុរសខ្មែរ បានបន្សល់ទុកនូវសុភាសិតមួយ សម្រាប់ទូន្មានកូនចៅជំនាន់ក្រោយ ហើយសុភាសិតនេះបានចែងថា «ងើយស្កក ឱនដាក់គ្រាប់» ។ តើឧត្តមគតិ ដែលបង្កប់នៅក្នុងសុភាសិតនេះ មានយ៉ាងណាខ្លះ?

ដើម្បីឲ្យមានភាពងាយស្រួល ក្នុងការបកស្រាយសុភាសិត ដែលបានចែងខាងលើ មុននឹងយើង ឈានទៅការបកស្រាយឲ្យស៊ីជម្រៅ យើងគប្បីយល់ដឹង អំពីវាក្យស័ព្ទ ឬឈ្លាគន្លឹះជាមុនសិនដែលមានដូចជា «ងើយ» «ស្កក» និង«ឱន» ។ ពាក្យថា «ងើយ» គឺជាការសម្លឹងមើលទៅលើ ដោយមិនមើលអ្នកនៅក្រោមៗឡើយ ។ «ស្កក» មានន័យថា ខកខានអត់ប្រយោជន៍ រីឯ «ឱន» មានន័យថា លំអោនកាយ ។ ជាការពិតណាស់ សុភាសិតខាងលើ ចង់បង្ហាញឲ្យឃើញថាមនុស្សដែលតែងតែក្រអឺតក្រទម មិនចេះដាក់ខ្លួនឬគោរពអ្នកក្រោមខ្លួន តែងតែត្រូវបានញាតិមិត្តរិះគន់ ហើយមិនមាននរណាគេជួយយកអាសាក្នុងគ្រាអាសន្នឡើយ ។ ដោយឡែក មនុស្សដែលមានគុណសីលធម៌ខ្ពស់ ចេះគោរពចាស់ព្រឹទ្ធាចារ្យ តែងតែទទួលបានការកោតសរសើរ ពីមិត្តជិតខាង និងការគោរពស្រឡាញ់ពីសំណាក់មហាជនទូទៅផងដែរ ។

នៅក្នុងរឿងអក្សរសិល្បិ៍ខ្មែរ ដូចជា រឿងកុលាបប៉ៃលិន​ តួអង្គចៅចិត្រ បានបង្ហាញនូវការបន្ទាបខ្លួន និងគោរពចាស់ទុំ មិនដែលក្រអឺតក្រទមឡើយ ។ ចៅចិត្រ គឺជាបុរសម្នាក់ ដែលមានអត្តចរិតអត់ធ្មត់តស៊ូខំប្រឹង និងចេះយកអាសាអ្នកជិតខាង ដែលជាគំរូដ៏ល្អដល់អ្នកគ្រប់គ្នា ។ ក្រឡែកមកមើលលោកបាឡាត់ស្រុកសង្កែវិញ លោកពិតជាមានទ្រព្យសម្បត្តិច្រើនលើសលប់ ដែលអ្នកណាៗក៏ស្គាល់អ្នកមានស្តុកស្តុម្ភនេះដែរ ។ បើនិយាយអំពីអត្តចរិតអកប្បកិរិយារបស់លោកវិញ លោកតែងតែមើលងាយអ្នកទាបជាងខ្លួន ហើយតែងតែយកលុយធ្វើជា​មុខ ។ មនុស្សដែលប្រព្រឹត្តអំពើទុច្ចរិត ហើយសេពគប់ជាមួយចោរដូចជាលោកបាឡាត់​ តែងតែទទួលបានការស្អប់ខ្ពើម ទៅតាមសកម្មភាព ដែលខ្លួនបានប្រព្រឹត្ត ។ ហេតុដូចនេះហើយ ការបន្ទាបខ្លួន គឺជាហេតុផលដ៏សំខាន់មួយដែល លោកហ្លួងរតនសម្បត្តិ ពេញចិត្តចៅចិត្រ ហើយក៏បានលើកកូនស្រី​ ឃុន នារី ឲ្យរៀបការជាមួយចុងបញ្ចប់ ។

តួយ៉ាង​ មារយើង និងនាងលក្ខិណា ដែលជាបុគ្គលសីលធម៌មួយ ដែលបានចែងនៅក្នុងអក្សរសិល្បិ៍ខ្មែរ ក៏ជាគំរូដ៏ល្អ សម្រាប់យុវជន យុវតីជំនាន់ក្រោយផងដែរ ។​ ទោះបីជានាងខាត់ ដែលជាប្រពន្ធរបស់គាត់ មិនខំប្រឹងធ្វើការមែន ប៉ុន្តែមារយើង មិនដែលបោះបង់ការងារខ្លួនឡើយ ។​ ម៉្យាងទៀត នៅពេលដែលមារយើង បាននាងលក្ខិណា ជាប្រពន្ធ ដែលជាស្រ្តីគ្រប់ល័ក្ខ៍ សុភមង្គល និងមាសប្រាក់ក៏បានហូរចូលផងដែរ ។ ទោះបីជាមារយើង និងនាងលក្ខិណា ក្លាយជាសេដ្ឋីស្តុកស្តម្ភ ក៏អ្នកទាំងពីរមិនភ្លេចប្រជារាស្រ្ត ដែលនៅក្រោមខ្លួនផងដែរ ។ នេះប្រៀបដូចជាសុភាសិតមួយទៀតដែលបានលើកឡើងមួយផងដែរថា «ក្រអឺត​ក្រទម​បាត់​លាភ រាប​ទាប​បាន​លុយ» ។ ​ បុគ្គលដែលប្រព្រឹត្តទង្វើបែបនេះហើយបានគេហៅថា ជាបុគ្គលសីលធម៌ដែលប្រកាន់នូវការ ​ឱនដាក់គ្រាប់ពិតមែន ។

យ៉ាងណាមិញ ព្រះបាទនរោត្តមសីហនុ គឺជាបុគ្គលម្នាក់ ដែលជាឧទាហរណ៍ដ៏ល្អមួួយ សម្រាប់ប្រជារាស្រ្តគ្រប់រូបទៅលើសុភាសិតមួយនេះ ។ យោងទៅតាមគេហទំព័រ postkhmer.com «ព្រះ​អង្គ​ បាន​ទទួល​ព្រះ​រាជ​ឋានៈ​ជា​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី ហើយ​ក្នុង​ព្រះ​រាជ​ឋានៈ ជា​ប្រមុខ​នៃ​ប្រជា​រាស្ត្រ​ខ្មែរ ព្រះ​អង្គ​បាន​បំពេញ​ព្រះ​រាជ​បូជនីយ​កិច្ច​ដឹក​នាំ ​ដើម្បី​អភិវឌ្ឍ​ព្រះ​រាជា​ណា​ចក្រ​កម្ពុជា​ជា​ទូទៅ​ នៅ​ក្នុង​គ្រប់​វិស័យ​នៃ​ការ​កសាង​ជាតិ របស់​ព្រះ​អង្គ ជា​ពិសេស​ការ​លើក​ស្ទួយ​នារី ឲ្យ​មាន​សិទ្ធិ​ស្មើ​ភាព​ នឹង​បុរស​ក្នុងការងារ ។​» ការគោរព និងធ្វើការលើកស្ទួយ ក៏ជាឧទាហរណ៍ដ៏ល្អមួយ នៃការឱនដាក់គ្រាប់ផងដែរ ។ ព្រះបាទនរោត្តមសីហនុ គឺជាវីរៈបុរសរបស់ខ្មែរមួយរូប ពីព្រោះលោកគឺជាបុគ្គលស្នេហាជាតិ ហើយទោះបីជាព្រះបាទ មានឋានៈធំក្តី ក៏លោកមិនដែលភ្លេចអ្នកដែលនៅក្រោមខ្លួនឡើយ ។

តួយ៉ាង បើនិយាយអំពីស្រូវ ដែលជាប្រភេទដំណាំធំជាងគេ នៅប្រទេសកម្ពុជា មានកួរស្រូវខ្លះ ធ្លាក់ចុះក្រោម ហើយក៏មានកួរស្រូវមួយចំនួនលូតងើយផុតគេផងដែរ ។ ប៉ុន្តែចូរចងចាំថា មកពីស្រូវនោះស្រាលនោះឯងបានជាវាលូតងើយផុតគេ ។ នោះហើយគេហើយថា ស្រូវស្កក​ ។ ស្រូវស្កកនេះ សំដៅទៅលើមនុស្សដែលមិនស្គាល់ខ្ពស់ទាប ហើយមិនដែលគោរពអ្នកនៅជុំវិញខ្លួនឡើយ ។ រីឯស្រូវដែលឱនចុះក្រោម មានន័យថាកួរស្រូវនេះផ្លែល្អពេញ ដែលបានប្រាក់ចំណេញច្រើន ជាងស្រូវដែលឈ្ងោកឡើងលើ ។ នេះហើយបានជាការធ្វើល្អ តែងតែបានការអបអរនិងការគាំទ្រពីអ្នកដ៏ទៃ ។

សរុបមក បុគ្គលដែលតែងតែអួតក្អេងក្អាង តែងតែបានលទ្ធផលអវិជ្ជមាន រួមទាំងការរិះគន់ ពីព្រោះតែទង្វើទាំងនោះមានផលប៉ះពាល់ដល់អ្នកដ៏ទៃ ។ យ៉ាងណាមិញ ការដែលចេះអន់ឱន និងជួយអាសារអ្នកដ៏ទៃ ត្រូវបានគេគោរពស្រឡាញ់មិនចេះធុញទ្រាន់ឡើយ ។

យោងទៅតាមការបកស្រាយខាងលើ សុភាសិតនេះពិតជាផ្តល់ដំបូន្មាន និងបង្កប់នូវន័យអប់រំ យ៉ាងជ្រាលជ្រៅដែលសបញ្ជាក់ឲ្យឃើញថាយើងគ្រប់គ្នាគប្បី ប្រកាន់ជ្រើសយកមាគ៌ា ដែលបន្សល់ នូវកេរ្តិ៍ឈ្មោះដ៏ក្រអូប ទោះបីជាយើងគង់តែចាកលោកក៏ដោយ ។ ការដែលចេះគោរព និងចេះដាក់ខ្លួន តែងតែបានកោតសរសើរ ពីបុគ្គលខាងក្រៅពិតមែន ។ ដូច្នេះក្នុងនាមជាកូនខ្មែរជំនាន់ក្រោយ យើងទាំងអស់គ្នាគួរតែចេះគោរព និងឲ្យតម្លៃឲ្យគ្នាទៅវិញទៅមក ។ ក្នុងនាមជាទំពាំងស្នងឫស្សីនៃប្រទេសជាតិ ដូច្នេះយើងត្រូវប្រកាន់នូវ យុត្តិធម៌ សច្ចធម៌ និងសុជីវធម៌ ដើម្បីរក្សាកិត្តិយសរបស់ខ្លួន ក៏ដូចជាគំរូដ៏ល្អសម្រាប់កូនចៅជំនាន់ក្រោយរបស់ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា ។

ដោយ ឆែម ឌីណា

ថ្ងៃទី ៣០ ខែមេសា ឆ្នាំ២០១៩

Humans of Cambodia Exploration

Can you tell humans stories through photos? How would you tell that stories? People have different perspectives and points of view. I and other 14 students were in a 7 weeks project that under the theme of “Not judging a book by its cover”. We’re collecting and documenting people’s stories from variety of community in Cambodia. 

Here’s a few photo include caption that we’ve interviewed:

“My husband and I work together to get income for our family. He does fishing and and I take those fish to sell. We do what we can do.”

“My mom is a strong woman, even though she face million of problems. My dad always violence and argue with my mom, but my mom never leave me she always stay with me and encourage me to be strong.”

“My first child is a babysitter at Phnom Penh which is far from where I live. My second child is a motorbike washer. My third child is illiterate. He failed his study and lives without education. It gives me very hard time. I became sick and was diagnosed with scoliosis. I vomited for 3 months long. My first child rarely visits me and I miss her so bad. I think I would’ve died by now. Luckily, a Christian group came here and helped me go to hospital and receive medicine. Because of them I feel better and am glad that I’m alive.”

There’s more and more stories that we got. Not only got, but learning from their stories as well. If those stories interested you and if you want to know more about humans of Cambodia story, check http://humansofcambodia.ligeracademyblog.org . 

The Power of Forgive

You are wise enough,

To know that all of us make mistakes

So you are strong enough,

To show your potential of  “Forgiveness”.

 

Forgiving might be harder than sitting the knife cut,

Those memories stuck in your brain night and day

But once, you forgive

Those will fade away.

 

People deserve your forgiveness

Even your forgiving isn’t forgetting

Heal your heart and move on

Define the meaning of your true suffering.

 

Do not fear to forgive people,

Take it easy, just one glance

Appreciate that you did forgive them,

Because you might not know if there’s another chance.