Today we did our first workshop with the girls at Transitions. Hard to say who was more excited, us or them! We decided to make handmade journals for our first activity with the girls because we wanted them to have a “special place” that they could write or draw to express their feelings. We had lots of beautiful materials for them to chose from in making their journals and they diligently worked for most the 2 hours making beautiful and personal books. Because it was a small group today we got to spend quality time getting to know the girls. They were a little timid at first, and we were too, but by the end of our time together they had warmed up and were teaching us all kinds of Khymer words! We learned how to say, “Hello, how are you, thank you, I’m hungry and I’m sleepy and lots of other phrases. The girls giggled a lot as we struggled to pronounce their very vowel filled language (they have 23 vowels), but they were patient with us and encouraged us when we got it right! It was lots of fun and we are already in love with these girls and look forward to spending the next few days with them.
One reason we love this organization so much is because of the care they take in keeping the girls safe and their stories private. It is important to the staff at Transitions that there is no further oppression in their lives and that they will never again have to be exploited. Therefore, you will not see any faces in the pictures of the girls we work with at transitions, or any other identifying information.
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