A few candids of how we spent our first day at Stronghold Cambodia.
Jesse's wife, Naomi, was one of the first dental patients. As many of the children had never been to the dentist, the adults went first to help eliminate any fear.
The students of Stronghold Cambodia are like kids anywhere. They love technology.
When our half dozen team got to Stonghold at 7:15, the kids were singing the lungs out with Tim playing on his guitar. The kids really love to sing and belted out the song "Amen" at least three times today. The Dental Day with Doc Mike got off to a bit of a rocky start--some technical problems with the portable dental machine. By 11:00 they figured out how to get the most out of a challenging set up and Mike described the team of Diane, Naomi, and Karen as his "Dream Team"!!! They ended the day with 10 kids and one adult whose teeth will not be causing constant pain. Lots of happy kids and smiles.
Vivian and Bill power washed and painted one entire exterior side of the two story Stronghold building. It went from black mold and red clay stained walls to beautifully white and were mold and stain free, plus the same work was done on about 75 feet of a 6' high cement wall--same mold problem now cleaned and painted bright white. More to follow in succeeding days.
Vicky and Damian were busy teaching body parts in English to kids for the 8 hours of teaching--thirty+ kids in the am, then an entirely new 30+ kids in the afternoon. They did "Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes" with many verses of other body parts that the kids both sang and did motions with--loud and fast in 90 degree heat--sorry to hear about you extreme cold back in STL--at least a little sorry. The kids have learned more English than we had expected and were picking up many new words today.
Your support of Stronghold helped with all that stuff today, and then also supplied a really delicious and nutritious meal, which for most of the kids is their biggest and best meal of the day. The kids are great and very well behaved with lots of kid kind of energy being encouraged and directed well by the wonderful staff people. Our very own Tim and Diane are extremely loved by the kids as evidenced the the orderly classes, lunch, and dental "victims", just kidding Mike, "patients". No crying or screaming at all.
Jesse and Naomi are the "Best". They are taking really good care of us with, food, water, transportation, water, and even a really late night ice cream stop with more water after all the work and supper.
Stand by for more good news about the work in Cambodia.