by Raksmey Var
Lotus Outreach Country Representative for Cambodia
On October 1st, a “Walk to Feed the Hungry” took place in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia, as a joint project of Buddhist Global Relief and its partner in Cambodia, Lotus Outreach International. The walk was organized in conjunction with the granting of Lotus Outreach GATE [Girls’ Access To Education] scholarships and also coincided with the opening of the new academic year, 2013-2014. For this reason, all the students who came for the opening of the academic year joined the walk.
While the organizers had originally expected a turnout of 250 walkers, around 500 people participated. The students carried banners written in both Khmer and English, bearing the BGR and Lotus Outreach logos and the inscription: “Walk To Feed The Hungry: A Worldwide Walk of Compassion.” The walk proceeded from a pagoda [Buddhist temple] to Svay Chek High School along a one kilometer road in the Svay Chek District, Banteay Meanchey Province.
After the walk, all the students joined the opening ceremony for the new academic year. Scholarship students received their scholarship packages under the program.
Photos below (courtesy of Lotus Outreach) show the happy faces of the participants, as they march in neat double file. A 4-minute video of the Cambodia walk can be viewed here:http://tinyurl.com/mtt5o47