Dawn greets us. The team is shipped off to do vaccinations, and the doctors of the trip painstakingly teach the non-clinicals and other students who have not injected real people intramuscularly by using each other as testing pincushions.
The year 1s and 2s vaccinate for the first time, and there are exultant smiles all around. We did it!
The Obrum team returns from their trip to one of the furthest villages on the list, with roads bumpy enough to send students reeling. We learn how to sculpt balloons for the children, and the classroom is soon filled with dogs, snakes, swans, hats, octopi and every object imaginable carefully crafted from rubber balloons. We sing and we dance. We decorate the paper fish. And of course, we teach them how to wash their hands and brush their teeth.
Lunch is at the school. Pleased, we watch them wash their hands.
The afternoon lazes, and both groups find spots at cozy cafes to sip some coconut or other cold drink. At 5 we return for reflections and wrap-up, and the entire medical team is shipped off for one last dinner together in a restaurant infested by every manner of insect, but otherwise a place that sold delicious food.
For once, there is no more medical packing and preparation to be done. Only packing for the 4 hour bus ride back to Siem Reap tomorrow at 9 am. Many will be flying tomorrow, or the day after, but the team of SMSV will be staying for a while yet just for some rest and recreation.
Thank you for following the SMSV Cambodia journey! The mission has now concluded, and we will see everybody back in Singapore by Tuesday the 15th of December!