Team One Clap, one of our project teams from Youth Corps Singapore, shares their reflections from our Energy for Cambodia trip in December 2015.
We are One Clap, a group of youths working on the project Energy for Cambodia. We are glad to share the success of our project held in the village of Koh Phdao, situated on an island in the Mekong River. This project would not have been possible without the support and help provided by Youth Corps Singapore, Engineering Good, EcoSun and the Cambodian Rural Development Team.
Our project aim is to provide a sustainable and renewable source of energy for the households in Koh Phdao to address the lack of electrical sources. We then decided to install 7 Solar Home Systems in the village. This was where the expertise and experience from Engineering Good assisted us in the completion of our project. Most of us do not have any experience in the electrical field, and were lost during the first day of installation of the Solar Home Systems. Fortunately Hannah (representative from Engineering Good) and Meng (from EcoSun) were there to teach and guide us. In Cambodia, we had to build everything from scratch, from the digging of the hole for the pole down to the wiring. Back in Singapore, lights are given to us, which are often taken for granted. In Koh Phdao, the village is pitch black after the sun goes down. It was indeed an eye-opener to experience the life of the villagers here in Koh Phdao and also provides us with a chance to self-reflect.
The team with Mr Seng Khim (seated, in the middle), one of the families that installed a solar home system, under his new solar lights
At the basic level, our Solar Home Systems have brought light into the homes of the beneficiaries. But beyond that, we also witnessed how these lights can bring hope and joy into the lives of the villagers. Homes have become more lively at night as neighbours and families gather together and the community spirit grew stronger as they helped one another in installing the Solar Home Systems by willingly loaning equipment and help, children can now continue to learn and do their work past sunset, and these homes with newly installed light bulbs serve as light houses for those travelling at night in the dark on the unlit tracks.
Energy for Cambodia has not only brought light into the homes of Koh Phdao but it has also brought light into our hearts as we witnessed the strong community spirit of the villagers and their drive to improve and learn. One Clap
While our project has come to an end, One Clap strives to continue on our journey to learn and to serve the community around us.
Aw-kun! (“Thank you” in Khmer)
— Team One Clap
We are looking for more teams keen to take this project further! If your school/company is interested, do get in touch with us at partnerships@EngineeringGood.org.