DDP celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday rather than on Wednesday of this week in order to make it more accessible to more of the deaf community. The Catholic Church Student Center allowed us to set up our tents in their spacious yard. Click here to see the activities.
Technology has really benefited the deaf community. Twenty, thirty years ago, communications among deaf people was either face-to-face or via TTY or TDD machines attached to telephone landlines. Now, with the advent of smartphones and cheaper data service availability, deaf people can communicate more readily, like this young deaf woman signing to her friend on a smartphone Facebook Messenger connection.
The morning was mostly a fun time and then there was the long ride back to Phnom Penh. The bus didn’t get back to the DDP office until 8:15 PM. Click here for the photos.
Today was a full day of activities at the Metta Karuna center and then a trip to Angkor Wat and then a quiet evening back at the center. Click here for the pictures.
Friday started off early in Phnom Penh. Then after a long bus ride to Siem Reap, the group had lunch and jumped into their camp program. Metta Karuna is a reflection center run by the Jesuits, close to town but away from the noise and hustle of the tourists. Click here to see pictures from the first day.
The first DDP Deaf Youth Camp was held 3-5 February at the Metta Karuna Center in Siem Reap. Over the next few days stories and photos from the camp will be posted here. Click here to see the camp main page.