A Singapore Christmas Gift Made with Love


December 2017 BBTC mission vegetable plantation

The students at the HAGAR Community Learning Centre in Cambodia were in for a real treat in December. Two days of school were completely overturned and taken over by 23 adults and their children from Bethesda (Bedok-Tampines) Church. Bubbling with enthusiasm, the group of Singaporeans arrived with loads of materials, equipment, bright smiles, games and fun activities so the students would enjoy the learning process.

With a goal to kickstart the vegetable plantation in the school, every activity was aimed at helping the kids understand the importance of nutrition and hygiene, how to grow a mini garden, lifecycle and parts of a plant, and the role of pests and bugs in a garden. The kids eventually got to get their hands and feet dirty in the soil as they dug to loosen the ground, plant the seeds and water the area.

After a day of learning and education with fun and games, the students enjoyed a half-day field trip to the Killing Fields and learnt about their own national history, followed by a short session about Singapore and our cultural highlights. A pop quiz was held and many enthusiastic kids won prizes remembering our independence day and the holidays we celebrate. Even the Singapore kids wanted a go so they could win a prize!

In a cute puppet show presented by the eight Singapore children, along with a series of music choreographed by the team, the Cambodian students were thoroughly amused by the puppets that were brought to life by the kids behind a blanket stage. Many hopped along trying to catch a glimpse of the backstage action and while there was so much going on behind the scenes, the puppets brought to life the story and the true meaning of Christmas.

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Even the teachers could feel the vibrant atmosphere and remarked that the students were in such high spirits with a change in the academic programme for the two days. Eventually, the 6-day visit was wrapped up with cosy dinner on a simple boat. Cruising along the Mekong river, the group enjoyed dinner with the CLC teachers. All hearts were full that evening, with a warm bond of care and love for the underprivileged that joined every person together.