To wrap up our Christmas Day festivities at BEA, the BEA kids got to enjoy some cake before they headed home after a fun-filled afternoon. It seemed that the students took more time taking pictures of the cake than actually eating it! Afterwards, we had a small Christmas staff party and gift exchange. For my gift, everyone got a "daruma" doll from Japan, which is one of my favorite traditions connected to the end of the New Year in Japan. It represents a small Buddha that grants wishes. To make your wish, you have to color in the one of the eyes and make a wish. Once your wish comes true, you color in the other eye. The doll also represents the Japanese spirit of "gambaru" (never give up). When the doll gets knocked over, it rolls back up again. Just like all of us at BEA with the many challenges we faced in 2014.
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an accredited NGO school that provides English language education, leadership, and job skills programs to underprivileged youth from well-trained teachers in a safe, clean and professional environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nicole is BEA's director.