The books for the learning center in Chansom Senmongkul were collected by the UK Scouts. During a huge sorting event in London last July, Vicky Thompson, Kay Legett and Alan Hands together with many scouts took charge of selecting the books that were sent to Cambodia to equip the center’s library. In this interview, we talked to Vicky about her impressions of the learning center one year after its opening and her plans to visit the center next year.
When you look at what Kadet has achieved with her learning center, what makes you proud?
I like to see the difference we made. Lovely little faces of kids who want to learn and they are able to use those centers. I also like the effort Kadet and other people who are working in that center put in it. They really appreciated those books and I am proud I did my little bit to help.
What was most challenging when you think back on collecting the books for Kadet’s learning center?
Challenging moments are always great as they making us stronger and we are never bored!! 🙂 At the beginning it was difficult to find people to get involved and support us, but this part is easier today. Then we had every year a target of 20 000 books or 30 000 to collect and everything starts with the first book. Feeling when everything goes slow, or you expected some books from somewhere and that did’t happened…. picking books from somewhere too far can be challenging as well as we try to not say no to people but some times we needed to travel miles to get few boxes. Hilti helps us now with that [Hilti Great Britain transports donated books and packed book boxes].
You plan to travel to Cambodia with a group of scouts next year. What do you expect?
We cannot wait to meet Kadet and everyone on the other side of the bridge. I expect to meet local scouts and work together with them on some local project related to BOOKBRIDGE or the local community. I would love to hold a few lessons in the Center and our scouts to interact and try the same. By being there and seeing everything, we might have more ideas for contribution.