Our afternoon tour began at 15:00, with a short bus ride to downtown Siem Reap and the Artisans d'Angkor, a workshop showcasing Khmer handicrafts. The company was established in the late 1990s to develop training programs and good working conditions for the people in the rural areas. They have also branched out to training students who have hearing impairments and other disabilities. Artisans d'Angkor has at least 42 workshops throughout the Siem Reap province. They produce quality handicrafts for sale.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas! It seems appropriate that today we are visiting a village that benefits from the projects and programs of the Homestay Volunteer Teachers Organization (HVTO). This group was founded in part by a guide who works with Viking River Cruises.
A reception line of students greeted us at the school where they provide free classes in English and computers, as well as having a library:
The youngsters in the classroom sang a song to us, and somehow I was in the group to sing a song for them ("We Wish You a Merry Christmas").
One of the organization's projects is installing water pumps for clean water:
The neighbors were curious:
Hylocereus sp/Dragonfruit Tree: