We took a private boat tour of the floating village at Tonle Sap Lake - the boat was for us only. Running the boat was a young captain and a young boy for a first mate.
The captain was like a tour guide also, introducing the floating village… and a floating school. He said we can get some food in a store to donate to the students. A little store has some stationery, like note books, pencils… and food like candy, snacks, instant noodles… A box of instant noodles is $22. What a price! “$22! We don’t have enough money.” We did not buy anything (we really didn’t have enough money!), but I thought to make a small donation to the school instead.
舵手也充當導遊，介紹水上人家… 有一間水上學校，他說我們去買一些食物然後去給學生。一間小店售賣一點的文具如練習簿、鉛筆… 和食物如糖果、零食、快熟麵… 問之下一盒快熟麵22美元。“$22！我們沒帶足夠的錢。” 我們沒買東西，但我想不如捐一點錢。
When I stepped in the school, I saw a man with the kids and I assumed he was a teacher. I handed money to him: “This is my little donation.” He smiled and received it.
I turned around and saw a donation box. He saw me point to the box, but he ignored what I meant. Hmm… as I tell you this story I realize I have attachment to my donation. Let it go.
A crocodile farm
This trip is not a pleasant boat tour for me, seeing the parents with kids row their boats up to the tour boats, and having the kids approach you to sell drinks.
I am so sad seeing the moms carry their babies to beg for money.
Poor is not a sin, but sacrificing the childhood the kids deserve, would that make them (self-esteem) poorer?
I am wishing them well.