The afternoon of our final full day in Mondulkiri was spent exploring some beautiful natural settings there in the hills of Cambodia. Click here to see the places we visited.
The main purpose of the staff gathering in Mondulkiri was for staff training and review of our policy. Click here to see photos of these work sessions.
Angkor Forest was the name of the meeting center where we had our staff gathering. It is built around the top of what is a mountain in Cambodia. Click here to see pictures of the grounds and buildings. Really nice.
Every year at DDP we have a large staff meeting and retreat near the end of the year. We use it for training and updating and for bringing the staff together from different provinces. Click here to see Day 1 of the trip.
I am sorry for the absence of any posts for the last four days. That wasn’t the plan as we headed north to the province of Mondulkiri for an annual meeting of all the DDP staff from Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham.
The overall experience was quite good for the 35 staff who attended. It was a long drive each way but we stopped (too) many times so people had a chance to get out of the buses. And Angkor Forest, the resort/meeting center where we were based was quite nice and the staff were cooperative although the options and services were limited.
But then we had our difficulties, too:
- We were so far out of town that even the telephone signals were erratic and hopes of using a data connection for the Internet were dashed.
- For me the troubles got worse as I tried to switch a SIM card in my phone from the company that works well in Phnom Penh to one that is better in Mondulkiri, and in the process my old SIM fell through a crack in the wooden flooring and was unrecoverable. (I just got that connection restored today.)
- Then on the trip home, the smaller of the two buses had a clutch problem. The larger bus towed it for an hour or so until a place was found that works on heavy machinery and the small bus was left for repairs. All 35 of us squeezed into the one bus with all our stuff. We were supposed to arrive in Phnom Penh at 4:30 PM but didn’t get there until 9:30 PM.
- And just as we arrived, we were notified that one of the staff who had been dropped off in one province on the way was tested positive for Covid-19. That meant that all of us were at risk and was especially worrisome because the students for next year were to arrive the next day in Phnom Penh.
All in all it was a good trip and I will be showing various aspects here in the next few days.
This weekend we were able to have our English community masses in person again after a break of many, many months. Click here to see photos of our gatherings.
A quick glance at this motorcycle shows a little boy holding onto his mother as they cruise along…
A second glance, though, from a little different angle, shows that there are TWO little boys riding behind their mother, and the bigger boy’s arms are making sure the littler one stays right where he belongs.
There is a large high school behind the trees in the photo above, and more than a year ago the city started to build a pedestrian overpass for the students to get over a really busy intersection. Then came the pandemic and the schools were closed–and the overpass construction stopped. Now the schools are reopening and the construction is resuming. Why they didn’t finish the overpass BEFORE the schools opened? Who knows.
PBS commentator Mark Shields, quoting Carr
You can measure the health of an organization by whether it is seeking converts or trying to find heretics.