Started in August, I was committed to taking an AP Statistic course, and this past weekend, Sunday, 4th of March 2018, I was given the opportunity to put some of the knowledge I had into reality. One of the main things I learned in the AP course is connected to producing data, and I wanted to actually do that. So on Sunday, a group of 17 students went to Kompong Speu, a province 44 kilometers west of Phnom Penh, to collect data about people’s livelihoods in three villages encompassing CamKids, an organization working to “help children in Cambodia who are either poor or whose parents are not there for them.” We collected a total of 103 surveys, which took us from around 8 AM until around 3 PM. These surveys will be used by an exploration group to do statistical analyses for CamKids. With the time we had, I finished five surveys, and some of the interviewees’ stories were really sad, and got me emotionally connected to it. Most of the families I talked to, didn’t get a high education, and that’s because of financial issues, which was either led by a death of one of the family members, or their parents didn’t get a high education, and are now, struggling financially.
Besides the different stories I heard, doing this was very intimidating to me, because approaching people as a stranger, and surveying them, is very difficult for me to do. Adding on to that, a lot of the questions were very tough to discuss in Khmer, because of our culture.
This trip was a very productive, challenging, and at the same time, fun trip, and I’m glad I got to do something to help the community.