It’s the Christmas weekend, so the BEA kids enjoyed a bit of Christmas cheer at the end of their Friday lesson. One of our Christmas traditions is to treat the BEA kids to chocolate and greeting cards. I make my annual pilgrimage to Costco, an American outlet shopping center in Japan, for a five-kilogram bag of chocolate. I then wrap it up small packages for each of the BEA kids and send them off to Cambodia. Since we have more students this year, it took an entire afternoon putting everything into little bags and tying them up with ribbons.
Shally then has the more difficult task of making individual greeting cards for each of our students. However, he gets to see the kids’ faces when he hands out the chocolate and cards in our Christmas lesson. As usual, the kids couldn’t wait to get home to eat their chocolate. They ripped everything open as soon as they got it. Normally, I don’t like to give out chocolate, but I always make an exception for the holidays since most children in developed countries get to indulge in treats during the holidays.
All the BEA staff and kids would like to wish you a happy holiday season with your family and friends. We’re especially grateful to all those who have supported us through the ups and downs in 2011 to help give the BEA kids a quality education and the chance for a better future.
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an NGO school that provides underprivileged youth with quality English language education in a safe, clean environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.