Traditional Fire Ceremony


Get more details about how prayers are handled at the traditional fire ceremony by going to: www.cealo.net/MBR

Love to all!

Celebrate the New Year with a Live Blessing from His Holiness Cealo!

Give your True Self a precious gift by tuning in to a live streaming
video for an auspicious New Year's Blessing and Meditation with Cealo!
This is a Japanese tradition - to receive a personal blessing for the
New Year. His Holiness appeals to all beings, all faiths.

For a donation in any amount, you will receive a special User Name and
Password to log in to the Cealo Team webpage, which will stream
His Holiness live and direct from the Heart Space in Japan.

December 31, 2009
11:00 pm EST
10:00 pm CST
9:00 pm MST
8:00 pm PST
6:00 pm HST

Register at www.cealo.net
Please note: Registration ends on December 26th.

You will also be invited to submit a prayer request.
Cealo will touch his hand to each prayer and may give a short message.
The prayers will then be offered in a traditional fire ceremony.

Your True Self will thank you all year long!
Sponsored by the Foundation for Global Harmony, U.S.A.

P.S. Listen to the announcement on Laurie Day's Radio Show!!
Go to: www.laurieday.com
Click Laurie's Radio Show and click Listen Now.
All shows are archived. Laurie speaks about His Holiness Gayuna Cealo
and His Wonderous New Year’s Blessing and Meditation Program
on her December 7, 2009 show!!

Thanksgiving - Dear Friends of Cealo


Thanksgiving is the traditional time in the United States to count our blessings and to remember the needs of others. Although we are experiencing challenging economic times in our country, we are all rich compared to most of the people on the planet. Many of us aspire to alleviate this disparity and suffering in some way. Thanks to His Holiness Gayuna Cealo’s humanitarian work, we can truly make a real difference in the lives of many people, even with a small monetary contribution.

In July, Cealo came to Chicago for a public talk and retreat. Due to the generosity of the American people, over $10,000 was raised in donations from these events. Within a month, His Holiness Cealo and Amica were on the road to Sri Lanka and Cambodia, using these funds to immediately and directly impact the lives of children, adults and entire villages.

To read the reports:
http://www.cealo.net/
Then, click Works of Compassion

At the Chicago retreat, some of the attendees wanted to explore new ways of raising funds through The Foundation for Global Harmony to continue Cealo’s work. We are pleased to report that a new membership program is being launched that will create accessible and ongoing monetary resources for His Holiness to do the work we wish for the world. With your contributions, you are truly saving precious human lives.

To become a member:
http://www.cealo.net/
Then, click Member

If you are unable to commit to a membership at this time, will you consider making a donation, as you count your many blessings this Thanksgiving? Someone in the world will be blessed by your kindness and generosity.

$5.00 = school supplies for 5 children
$10.00 = 20kg of rice
$20.00 = school expenses for one year
$50.00 = sewing machine
$300.00 = water well


To donate, go to:
http://www.cealo.net/
Then, click Donate

Share the love by sending this to your friends on Facebook.

His Holiness Cealo and Amica will be traveling to Sri Lanka and Myanmar from Dec. 7th through Dec. 29th. Any contributions made now will be utilized on this trip.


With gratitude,

The C-Team
Foundation for Global Harmony, USA

Join the Cealo Team!

Please join us to help further HH Cealo's compassionate work in the world!

New Year's Eve Message from His Holiness

Do you know that His Holiness Cealo will have a New Year's message and meditation for members? Check the cealo.net Web site for more info!

H.H. Gayuna Cealo’s Visit to Chicago July 15th-27th, 2009.


H.H. Gayuna Cealo's Visit to Chicago

H.H. Gayuna Cealo visited Chicago July 15th-27th, 2009.  It was an amazing experience for all who participated in the numerous direct action activities and events during his visit.  Many deep heart connections were made and in doing so we raised over $14,000. This is the most the Chicago Team has ever raised for Cealo's acts of compassion and although we do our best to not to attach to the result of the events, we are proud to have raised so much.












First off, I would like to thank all of the supporters from Chicago, America, and Japan, for all their efforts in creating a great experience where more hearts could share and connect through Cealo's guidance.  I would also like to thank all the people who attended the events and for their love filled donations.

On Friday Jul 17th, the Chicago Team held a public event where H.H. Gayuna Cealo gave a talk, answered questions, and lead a brief meditation.   The event was held at the Illini Center in down town Chicago across from the Sears Tower.  It was a beautiful space and everyone who attended enjoyed.  I have received many reports from people who attended that said that this program changed their life and deeply touched their hearts.  Cealo's talk and answers were inspiring and profound.  At one point, everyone in the room was crying because his message was so beautiful.












 
I would like to give special thanks to Min-aha Beeck of the Illini Center, who graciously donated the space for the public event as a gift.  Usually in Chicago we have to pay for a large conference room space, so this was an extra special offering.

July 17-19, H. H. Gayuna Cealo offered private session for those who wanted to meet with him for guidance, healing, and support.  As always, the people received much love, encouragement, and healing as they gave from their hearts their donations for the children.  People loved the gift store items which where made by the children in Cambodia, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.  Chicago people loved knowing that in buying these gifts that they were supporting the efforts of the children.  We sold out of many of the sales items.
















This year was an extra special visit due to the fact that Cealo decided to bring two very gifted Japanese body workers with him to Chicago.  Chie Mizutani and Ora Toyoko offered their amazing healing gifts to the Chicago people.  Chie offered her powerful aroma therapy healing and therapeutic moxa therapy.  Ora gave her deeply relaxing Ora Therapy sessions which massages the body with her feet.  Everyone LOVED their treatments from them!!! Many people came back again and again and their sessions were sold out fast as word spread of their amazing talents. The best part is that they offered their body work treatments as a 100% donation to the foundation.  All the people were deeply transformed by their treatments and everyone requested that they come back again.  So from my heart, I would like to thank Chie and Ora for their service, dedication, and for being great examples of "loving all" and "serving all".

Meditation and Fasting Retreat

The meditation and fasting retreat was held July 24-26 at the Techny Towers just outside of Chicago.  People came from all over America to attend.  Two people even came from Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribean!  We had 34 people in all who attended.  (We were sold out with people on a waiting list!)



This was a deeply powerful retreat where everyone who attended was transformed.  On the morning of the last day, I was impressed at how everyone in the room was shining and glowing.  Their hearts were so open and everyone was smiling.  This meant so much to me because we had put forth so much effort in making this retreat happen.  Even though it was difficult to fast, everyone made it through the retreat with flying colors. For most people, it was the first time they had ever fasted.  They realized that it was easier than they had expected.















Cealo shared that in choosing not to eat (with the money we donated for the retreat) we were giving people in other countries who can not eat the chance to have a full meal.  This created an even deeper level of understanding as to why we were doing the retreat.

Many FGH supporters from across America also came and graciously helped out with the many aspects of putting on this retreat.  Without their love and support, we could hae never pout on such a beautiful retreat.   To all the US supporters who came, thank you for your assistance.















After the retreat, many people gathered to share ideas on how we can continue to support Cealo's work, grow our heart connections, and participate in direct action while Cealo is traveling.  Many great ideas were shared and new people have stepped up to participate.  One way we came up with was to create a group internet email list where we can stay in contact with each other.

If you would like to continue growing our hearts together and creating world peace, please join our new group email list.  So….















You are invited to join the "C Team" group email!

The C Team group email will enable you to keep in touch with other supporters of Cealo as you proceed on your own path of love and compassion.

By using this group email, you can update us on what you are doing in your local area to support H.H. Gayuna Cealo's works of compassion as well as see what others are doing to support. You can upload photos, post inspiring messages, share from your heart, contact other C Team members, or let us know what you are doing locally.
In this way we can better communicate with each other and grow our heart connections even more.

To Join Please Visit:  http://groups.google.com/group/c-team108

Looking forward to sharing with you through this group email as we deepen our knowing of our true self.

Finally, I would like to thank H.H. Gayuna Cealo for his endless works of compassion to America and the world.  Also, I want to give a special thanks to Amica who is always behind the scenes working endlessly to support Cealo's mission.  (Most people have no idea how much time and effort she puts forth into serving others.) 

Infinite love and gratitude to Cealo and Amica for all their compassion and efforts.

In Deep Love~

Eric Huffman


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Cambodia Report Fall 2009


Cambodia is an important and frequent destination for H.H. Cealo and Amica on their journey of compassion to provide ongoing humanitarian aid and support. In September of 2009, with funds donated by the American and Japanese people, His Holiness, Amica, and a group of Japanese volunteers travelled to Cambodia to provide “Direct Action” to support immediate needs and further the goal of economic independence of the Cambodian people.

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The director of the P.C.O. Orphanage in Siem Reap made an emergency appeal to the Foundation in the Spring of 2009. Although the land was being farmed for vegetables, they had no other income for the 27 children and 4 teachers living there. In July, the Foundation sent a volunteer named Sotha to the orphanage, with monetary resources and food items to provide immediate relief. When His Holiness and Amica visited the school in September, they donated school uniforms, rice, dried food, school items, and bicycles.

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All the volunteers from Japan and students from Phnom Penh University worked together with the orphanage children at the “Training Farm”, teaching agricultural farming methods. The goal is to maintain and cultivate vegetables and fruits, with the surplus harvest to be sold, providing income for the orphanage.

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In Phnom Penh, a branch orphanage center of S.C.A.D.P., supported by the Khmer Development Foundation, also requested assistance. Rice, dried food and clothing was donated to approximately 100 children at the orphanage, and an additional 100 neighborhood families and children in need were given food and essential items.

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An ongoing goal of the Foundation for Global Harmony is to support the work of Shien Tokyo, a non-profit global organization. The mission is to create independent livelihood for the Cambodian people by assisting villages specializing in Khmer silk weaving to create appealing clothing and home items to sell in more developed nations. The volunteers for Shien Tokyo, in partnership with Hope of Cambodia, continue to make progress expanding the silk villages of Kandal state.

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Many of the silk items made by these villages can be purchased from the Big Heart Market at www.cealo.org.  During the Cambodian visit, His Holiness and Amica also toured the villages where the silk is made, offering advice and encouragement.

Donations for the humanitarian aid and support of the Cambodian people can be made at www.cealo.org.

Local Direct Action

Many people are joining together to make a difference and further Cealo's works in the world through local direct action. We are "working more" to update our site and we are preparing some special activities for people who join the Cealo Team. Also, at 2 craft fairs in October and November, I collected donations in exchange for my crafts to benefit Cealo's works and my sister has been passing the "hat" to accept donations at her Full Moon meditations. Go C-Team!

Sri Lanka Report Fall 2009

For twenty years, Sri Lanka has been ravaged by a civil war between the government and the minority Tamil Tigers, who occupied the northeast part of the country. Finally, in May of this year, after months of brutal fighting, the government proclaimed victory and an end to the conflict. The United Nations reported that there were over 250,000 war-displaced people in Sri Lanka: homeless, injured, and traumatized. It was into these remote northern villages of  Sri Lanka that His Holiness CealoAmica-san, and a small delegation from Japan traveled to provide support and “Direct Action,” Cealo’s compassionate way of empowering people to become self-reliant.

The journey to these forgotten villages over rough terrain took almost 12 hours. Amica-san  remarked that the villages “had nothing," and that the goal was to help rebuild the villages so the people could have a normal life again.

In the Trincomalee Seruwawila village area, mosquito nets, cooking oil, spices, water, shovels and hoes were distributed; 200 sets to families and 300 sets to children. Amica-san  reported that the immediate challenge was to help the villagers build trust in the future. Although their sense of safety and security had been obliterated by the war, the villagers smiled and said “Thank You” in a big voice, again and again.

            

The challenge in Andarabedda was lack of water. There had been no rainfall for 6 months. The Cealo group worked with the villagers to discuss methods of making the soil healthier and some alternative crops, such as Neem for their subsistence farming. The village is in dire need of a water well, and with future donations, this will become a reality. Forty families received assistance in this village.

        

Our activity base, Karuna Global Harmony in Galgamua became the site of agricultural initiatives. Corn seeds from the United States were planted, and a research study using native trees for insect repellent and soil improvement was implemented.

               

Efforts continued to develop instructors in setting up a sewing center for the production of clothing, providing self-reliance for the people and future economic sustainability for the village. The local NGO Cooperation Organization Sihasara Panasiha Foundation collaborates with all of the Sri Lanka projects.

During their 10 day visit, His Holiness and Amica-san touched the hearts and lives of  thousands of people. None of these activities would have been possible without the generosity of the American and Japanese people. Donations to continue the work we wish to do through His Holiness Gayuna Cealo and Amica-san can be made at www.cealo.org.

Sri Lanka Spring 2009

Humanitarian assistance to help end the civil war in northern Sri Lanka!
We often speak with the Venerable Subhuti using Skype. Subhuti reported about his direct actions and has requested Cealo and Amica visit the Northern area of Sri Lanka in August.
There are about 20,000 refugees escaped from LTTE in a refugee camp there. The domestic war that continued for 25 years seems almost over. However, the people at the camp have to stay there for 3 years at least in order to clean up hidden landmines in the camp area.
Subhuti visited the refugee camps several times and researched what they may need. The government has enough food supply for the refugees for 3 months at this moment but education for the children is lacking. Subhuti is proposing to support the educational needs of the children and is proposing a farming project for the people in the area. 3 years is a long time.
On May 20, 2009, SubhutiI visited the refuge camp created from the end of the civil war to discuss the support of northern Sri Lanka. Currently, the public is not permitted to enter the area. Access is limited to aid organizations, such as Subuti's local non-profit organization in cooperation with the local government.



People in need of assistance in Sri Lanka can be linked directly to supporters through the non-profit organizations. Shubuthi donated 5000 sleeping bags, water tanks, umbrellas and 1000 sets of clothes for the children with $7,000. Cealo and Amica are very happy to hear that our friends in Sri Lanka, led by Subhuti, are taking over our direct action spirit and are taking actions by themselves.
Although it is not a big fund, Cealo believes they can do a lot when they see what the people really need and what they can do and then do it by themselves. Even though they don't connect directly with the authorities, they can connect directly with people who are in need.


Image: Center for Direction Action - preparing aid packages for the refugees

Working together, talking on Skype, we have confirmed our committment once again share direct action. We will try to tell the people through the example of our direct actions that ethnic and religious differences are not good reasons for fighting. We know that we can't save 20,000 people at once. So, we try to access the people who have a passion to make things better, to create a safe living environment even in the camp, and who will show the model of direct action to enlighten other people.



With funding from a few foreign governments, including Japan, the entire refugee camp and military activities of the government can support the refugees to some degree. Subuti asked Cealo for guidance about the life of the children since he is planning to do something for their education and to start a farming project. This summer, Cealo will visit the site with Subhuti in order to support the Tamil people, especially the education of the children.

Cambodia Direct Action News March 26 - April 3, 2009


Report written by Lailala, a volunteer staff member of CEALO Japan



Introduction
My first trip to participate in the Direct Action of Gayuna Cealo in Cambodia was my first overseas travel ever. I had the opportunity to experience Direct Action with my own heart and I also participated in the "book of the heart" project activities. In addition, we visited the "silk village" with the Shien Tokyo team and participated in activities to promote the agricultural project team.

Here is our luggage of necessary goods and relief supplies. 300 books from the project we were able to bring to Cambodia with our own cooperation. Towels and soaps were collected from the Heart Space, T-shirts and other relief supplies were carried to the airport of departure of the participants (Narita, Osaka, Fukuoka). Each Japanese volunteer paid to transport a box a piece.

For the first time participants, four students, with each member of the book project, the Silk project, and the farming project, plus the Heart Space members, we had a total of 19 members going from Japan in support of Cambodia.
Arrival
Here are the luggage carts carrying all the boxes.

We loaded them on the rental bus.

The car is the right way. There are no traffic signals or signs. About the driving - smack the horn to indicate when you will switch lanes (everyone laughs).

In the evening, after arriving at the hotel, we had a talk about the schedule, and a short biography of all the projects. Each of us had a room at bedtime.
Day 2 (Phnom Penh)
The next morning, we began working for each project. The Book Project had volunteer students from Phnom Penh who are learning Japanese and worked on our original picture book from Japan written by Matsubara Akemi, a Japan CEALO volunteer. The story is about 2 snakes who become friends. The picture book is written in Japanese and Cambodian and we discussed its translation and practiced reading through it with the local students. We stick to the book for our first project.

Meanwhile, the Silk making project, in collaboration with the local non-profit organization (Hope of Cambodia), is checking the quality of the hand-made silk fabrics.

We all visited the Phnom Penh Municipal Department of Education in the afternoon. Mr. Chair Chess told us about the current state of education in primary schools in the city of Phnom Penh.

In the evening, some other local students joined together with us. The little snake picture book was the showcase and was read aloud. Then, each went to work for a project separately.

The high school students from Japan organized and brought relief supplies from Japan. So, we sorted our supplies and prepared for the next day. By the way, the place we stayed was an apartment-style hotel with a kitchen and a communal living room for 6-8. Each apartment had itsown dinner, breakfast, lunch and sandwiches we could make in the day. It was self-catering.
Day 3 - a visit with the Ministry of Education and going to the market (Phnom Penh)
The next day, the Silk support team visited the silk village for technical advice support. They needed to take a small boat to go there.

The remaining members worked on the project book, and visited the Ministry of Education in the city, to meet the education minister Lim Se tea, to talk about the direct education of the heart using the book project.

Normally, the department is closed on Saturday. But the Minister visited with us especially. He gave a warm welcome to everyone. He listened well to us and was very happy about the picture book project.


Later, we bought relief supplies from the local market.

The market is a maze of narrow lanes and chaos. Cealo goes to a store because they are number one. They give the best prices and support for the Direct Action. You must move briskly to keep in sight of His Holiness. In the narrow passageways, each volunteer assisted by quickly counting out the number of shirts required.
We take the items back to the hotel and immediately begin to create hundreds of care packages for the villagers.

There are clothes for 400 children and other items for 300 families. There is a place for each item, and the team member goes to each item in turn to put it into the care package. One does not know how to loaf with everyone working so hard.


Finally, the bags for each family are made and the setup for the Direct Action tomorrow is ready. Smooth, without a wasted thing. It is very pleasing to participate in this kind of organization.
Here are the contents of the children's care package: 
Note pads, ballpoint pen, mini white board, donated goods from Japan, the picture book from the book project, towels, T-shirts, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sweets, juice, etc. 
Here are the contents of the family care package: 
Rice, clothing, towels, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, soy sauce, salt, sugar, rehydratable noodles, canned fish, cooking oil, comb, shampoo, etc.

Here are the tons of rice.
After creating the care packages, we practiced the picture book project in preparation for the next day. This included a practice of songs and readings for the students.

Day 4 - we visited an orphanage (Siem Reap)

We went to Siem Reap in the morning. From 6-7:00 AM we recited and practiced the picture book project on the bus for an hour.

Everyone sits in the middle. Once we arrived in Siem Reap, we entered an orphanage. You can see that masonry repair supplies are needed to support the orphanage.

We start preparing to pass out the food on arrival. This is the first such experience for me, seeing the eyes of each villager properly, and passing the care packages with both hands.
"OKUN (thank you)" mutual exchange "Thank you" heart.


Later, after we handed over the relief supplies, our entire large team performed our concert and readings of the picture book with a picture-story show.
Everyone continues to read out the story about the 2 snakes who become friends. The students of Cambodia, read the Khmer version. Children with sparkling eyes listened and watched and everyone enjoyed the account of how Coro came out of the Den and made a friend.

After the reading, the book was distributed to each child, and we asked each small child to read properly.
Once the picture books were distributed to the children, each volunteer moved quickly to a small child and had him/her read aloud.

When it was time to interact with the children, at first I did not know what to do. We sat in a sort of circle and we were able to communicate with our eyes and interact with gestures.

We had many smiles after visiting the orphanage and we returned to the inn.
In the evening, an orphanage teacher who offers Japanese education along with some of his orphanage children visited us. They are joining our farm land project that is planned to begin on the 1st of April. We discussed what to expect during our upcoming days of field work. We are going to participate in the meeting about farm practices and collaboration on Sunday. All the preparations have began.

Both Cambodian and Japanese students became relaxed and got used to working together. We started to smile a lot. The Cambodian students who speak Japanese inspired me to learn Khmer and English. And not only think, I do! Here we are practicing reading the picture book the next day after dinner. Two of the Cambodian students began to recite the picture book without Japanese assistance.

Day 5 - tour (Siem Reap)
The next morning, the teacher and students at the orphanage who visited us yesterday joined us to visit Se Noy, a village.

Our cars went past the Angkor Wat so fast without even reducing speed. No one paid any attention to the ancient Angkor Wat ruins. It is interesting to see a world famous ruin in this way.
We also visited the prospective site where we could build a learning center for the future of Cambodian children. The land was donated by a local non-profit organization, the Foundation of Khmer Development.
The area is designated for industrial or commercial development investment. It is easy to use land near the highway. How soon will the plan be effected? I look forward to finding out how the land will be used.

In the afternoon, we visited the village of Se Noy. There is a lot of poverty. Relief supplies are given out by each one of the students to the people in the village. Aid is provided to each household. 130 care packages for kids, and 150 for families.

Later, we performed our concert and reading that included the students from Phnom Penh. Thanks to the training and preparation, I could see the people of the village are drawn into the story. The readings and concerts were not just for children. It was impressive that the adults are seriously enjoying the picture book story and show.

There is an entire generation of adults in Cambodia who grew-up, their entire childhood, during the chaotic aftermath left over from the Khmer Rouge and the war in Vietnam. So, this was an opportunity for the adults to absorb the story about friends, too. A world of smiles results.

After the reading, there was a time of interaction with the children. First, a large white cloth was spread on the ground. The children were then invited to draw upon it. They were shy at first, but with a little encouragement, the children began painting on the white cloth.

Everyone could draw a picture and then there ensued a hula hoop game of endurance. The children were a little bit shy but they seemed to enjoy the exchange. There are pictures and more pictures and every last person in the pictures have a smile. 

Back on the bus, we felt we were in a paddle boat (laughs). For the reading the next day, another two Cambodian students rose to the challenge. The Cambodian students continued practicing reading the book without Japanese people until late in the night.
Amica said to us, “Now you see that there are no such things that has-to-be-done-by-ME”. First, we tried reading and performing the picture book show by ourselves in both Japanese and Cambodian language. But now the Cambodian students have much more confidence and courage to give the reading without us in the Cambodian language only. Yes, now we know why she said that.
Back at the Inn, in another room, we were getting a steady following, and a solidarity developed with all the students living and working daily together. We all formed a deep friendship.


Day 6 - happy orphanage, now we are ready for farm practice (Siem Reap)
The Silk project team visited the Institute of Khmer Silk. The institute provides traditional Khmer silk and reconstruction assistance in Cambodia and is a pioneering non-profit group. A craftsman from Japan started to live in a small isolated village and is helping to reconstruct the great ancient cultural tradition of hand-woven Khmer silk. The silk project team learned a lot from the organization as a noble model of supporting development of village industries. The team got courage through the organization’s work and felt the unfold potential of Cambodia.

While the silk team was working, we visited the Happy Orphanage and handed out 50 children's care packages to the orphanage children.
The farm project members went to a plant shop while we were in the orphanage and the team obtained the tree seedlings chosen by Mr. Heng. A volunteer staff member of the farm project in Cambodia, Mr. Heng from Siem Reap, specializes in agriculture. The farm project members also bought the necessary farm equipment for tomorrow.

At the orphanage, we followed Amaria's lead and sang, "Clap your hands if you are happy." We sing in Khmer, the language of Cambodia "ARAPPIYA" after a popular song they often sing together, and we read the picture book.
Looking at the big picture book, the story show is enjoyed with intense concentration from all. We are delighted they're tasting the world of the story.

The orphanage children said that they have studied the Japanese language so we recommend writing their name in Japanese in the book we distributed to each. We supplied a set of small markers and white boards for each child. With markers and white boards, you can practice writing the letters many times. First, we practiced using the white board. Many children can write their name in both English and Japanese. The children who can’t write Japanese had assistance from the student volunteers from Phnom Penh. After practicing it, they can finally write their name in their book.

We invited all the children over 12 years old from the orphanage to participate in the farm land work. In the afternoon, we went to the farm land to prepare for the next day. The farm land is 1 and half hour drive from the town of Siem Reap and we rode a shaking bus on a narrow road like a snake. At the farm land, we built a furnace, removed weeds, made ridges, and prepared for the planting the seeds. The soil is really hard and we pound the soil to make clay for the furnace making.

We worked fairly steadily in the soil. I find it hard work.

Anyway! How many ways the body is not normally used. We realized that we do not have much physical labor .... (Sweat). I knew I would fall into a deep sleep in an instant that day. We all knew we could not have insomnia after we performed direct action.

Day 7 - collaboration experience through farming and field work(digging pond / outdoor cooking / planting in the field)

The work at the farm is a full-time practice. Due to an unseasonal but fortunate rain the night before, the soil was soft and full of water.
The teachers from the orphanage and the children are happy, along with the volunteers from Japan, the volunteers from Phnom Penh, the student volunteers from Phnom Penh, the helpers from the local non-profit organization, and the farm keeper. We had a total of 60 people working on the farm project!

There was a pond digging group, a food preparation group, a group for planting - each field had a team. Using the body, we were working the sweat away. I was part of a food preparation group using the the newly made furnace, with fire wood and charcoal, and making full use of the lunch ingredients. Hot! Hot! Hot! (Laughs)

We were made comfortable by a very delicious frozen drink and water.

We ate curry with rice. And we each got a mango fruit frozen since yesterday! Very delicious. "Happiness ~ ~ ♪."

The cold mango dessert was quickly eaten by everyone.

After resting for a while, the men and women began to play a game that everyone in Cambodia knows. It involves a lot of fun throwing hard nuts. I attempted the game - it was bad (laughs).

After the break, we began to resume the farming operations in a natural way. We divided into our groups and planted seeds or dug a pond.There was a shaded area in the middle for resting. Everyone there performed the physical work well including the Japanese students and volunteers.
We planted cherry seedlings, mangos, coconuts, palm trees, lime trees, and jasmine and gardenia flowers. After digging the ponds, there was so much progress in the fields we were able to plant the potatoes and green soybeans. How fruitful the harvest time will be now! You can have anything you want if you plant it! I can only imagine how we will feel after a few months of growing.



During the farm practice, we were getting a feeling for agriculture in Cambodia. There will be a variety of experiments to improve the soil, monitor the weather, and find whatever way is most appropriate. They will try many different ways. Cambodia was originally more abundant and participated in food exports. With this work, they will bear fruit again.

Of course, after this physical work, we got a good sound sleep. I don’t know why… I felt full of happiness.

Day 8 - move back to Phnom Penh
On this date, we left Siem Reap for Phnom Penh.
"I love Siem Reap because it is a very calm and quiet," one of students from Phnom Penh said. Come to think of it, there is no sound of cars. The geckos provide a chirp sound (laughs). Mornings there are very calm and quiet. Beautiful to see the morning stillness.

We immediately moved to load the bus headed for Phnom Penh. We sat on the bus a long time. When we got back to Phnom Penh, we said goodbye to the Cambodian students. It may be that we will meet again. It may not. We are leaving with no regrets. Only a smile,and a "Thank you. Have a nice day!"

So, fun was had by everyone on the farm project! But it's not over yet! We began preparing for tomorrow.
Day 9 - temple tour and visit to a street orphanage
With the cooperation of the local non-profit organization, and at the invitation of Samdach Chia Sim, the President of the Senate, we visited a temple in the morning and took part in a dedication ceremony. During the ceremony, I had a sleep attack, but I managed to stay on my feet.

After the temple dedication, the last luncheon was at a Japanese restaurant in Phnom Penh. Time was short, but the participants and a Prince of Cambodia who attended the Heart Expo in Japan, enjoyed a fleeting reunion, along with the Japanese food.

Then, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, we visited another orphanage. Or rather, a kind of orphanage. The orphans there are living in places like the barracks. The meeting space there is also used as a gathering place for the poor who live around the area. After the distribution of relief supplies, the rest of the care packages, I have a little extra something to give to the orphanage.



The people have such purity in that poverty. Their purity is also rich - the natural human condition? I want to take it or ignore it.

There was a picture-book reading. We acted together to the end. But there was almost no rehearsal time. Every word was listened to seriously by both the children and adults. The picture book team donated a small library of 20 books here.

Back at the hotel, we were showered by 6:00 PM in the evening. When one of the the Phnom Penh students came to the farewell party. We were taking pictures and making memories, rolling raucously together. There are sparkling smiles, they shined. The first day is very different from the last. There are tears and smiles on everyone's face. We cannot hide that we are carefree.

"The end of one story is the beginning of the next."

Then, we left for the airport. At the airport, there is a 1 hour delay from the scheduled departure time. We were a little tired of the crushing wait for the plane bound for Seoul. The arrival date was changed to the next afternoon. So, we spent most of our time in bed, resting. "Cheers for the good work!" Our team was dissolved.

Conclusion

So long. The day was good. I think so. The week felt like a day. I had trouble remembering what I'd done the day before. I am a bit surprised, I can only remember one day at a time even though enough sleep time was provided each day.

I joined my first effort saying "I must have no time to sleep." I assume that it is good to have time to sleep (laughs). And I received many experiences from all the people who participated in the Direct Action. I only have the experience to take with me.

Overseas aid is not something difficult. How you divide the daily experience with these non-routine experiences and not to do the same again.But I also do not need an excuse for going again. I know I will.


In each process, we can have a wonderful experience.

Because of the Direct Action movement, I cannot afford to spend time on trivial things, I have no time to blame myself and others. Direct Action is good. From this experience, I dropped my expectations on my own.

As His Holiness Cealo says, "do not cling to results." My hat is off once again to each volunteer.


For myself, I am absolutely a small seeding of Direct Action! I felt that there was something about that. We can leave our children a better future. Do not give up!

To put yourself in my heart, I hope to continue Direct Action on my own at any cost regardless of where. Thank you very much for the many experiences. To be a part of the Direct Action is really good. Go up to the front of the volunteer line!