Over the weekend, 24th-25th of January 2015, Urban Voice Cambodia launched a camping trip to Sihanoukville, with 35 participants, most of whom are community activists, students, civil society organization staff, and monks. This camping trip aimed to strengthen the relationship among community activist and youth, stimulate discussion on urban development and urban issues, as well as engage youth and all participants in social works such as cleaning the city and learning from the poor community’s situation in Sihanoukville.
Setting off in the early morning on the 24th, the Urban Voice team and all the participants had lunch and time to relax together after arriving Sihanoukville around 11:30 AM. After lunch, Mr. My Sovann, the media project manager, delivered a brief introduction on the camping trip and Urban Voice projects to all participants. Moreover, after cleaning the beach until 4pm, the Urban Voice team and all participants took a break and entertained themselves on the beach. In the evening, all the participants had dinner together, which allowed them to share their impressions from the camping trip so far.
On the 25th, in the morning the Urban Voice team and participants visited the Spean Ches community, a poor eviction-hit community in Sihanoukville. For over two hours, our participants focused on studying the community’s current situation and issues of eviction. Around 11am, we started driving back to Phnom Penh where all the participants shared their gratitude for the eye-opening experience led by Urban Voice.
To sum it all up, the camping trip successfully met the objectives and expectations set out for our community activists, students, CSO staff, and monks. It was an unforgettable trip for us. We arrived in Phnom Penh safe and sound by 6pm.