Members of NTU’s Catholic Students’ Apostolate distributing shoes to Cambodian students in PailinMembers of NTU’s Catholic Students’ Apostolate distributing shoes to Cambodian students in PailinMembers of Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Catholic Students’ Apostolate (CSA) went on a mission trip to western Cambodia recently where they taught English, music, art and craft.

The 22 NTU students collaborated with the Marist Brothers in reaching out to students at various schools around Pailin.

According to Mr Aloysius Monteiro, chairman of the project, called Project CORE (Cambodian OutReach Expedition), the Dec 9-20 mission trip was the second such trip CSA has undertaken. The first was in 2011.

The Cambodian students they served ranged in age from seven to 20 years, he said.

In addition to teaching sessions, the visitors also took 50 students, aged seven to 12, to a swimming pool in a resort to enjoy themselves.

The Cambodians apparently appreciated the outreach efforts of their Singapore friends.

Said one Cambodian to a CSA member who taught her English: “I hope you come back to Cambodia next year so I can talk to you in better English.”

A member of the Singapore team shared that the Cambodians “have touched our lives and hopefully, through our lesson and interactions, we have touched theirs too”.

The visitors were assisted by sponsors who donated items such as shorts, shoes, stationery, food and mosquito nets.

CSA is expected to visit Pailin again in December.



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