Lisa Pavon, Education Coordinator, Professional Development and Education at Bon Secours Charity Health System recently lived out the health care system’s mission to provide “Good Help to Those in Need®” when she traveled with other NY/NJ metro area volunteers to Cambodia. Through the philanthropic organization Jewish Helping Hands, Lisa and others spent 10 days helping and educating 57 orphans at a learning center located in a small village outside of Phnom Penh.
Each day from sunrise to sunset, Lisa and six other volunteers worked at the village school. They carted bamboo baskets filled with dirt, rocks, sand and cement in sweltering temperatures in an effort to help build the school library. In addition to manual labor, they spent time connecting with the village orphans and school children. They played jump rope and jacks with them, taught English with the help of “Simon Says”, made chalk drawings, balloon sculptures and friendship bracelets. But most of all, “we bonded with these wonderful, vivacious children.” said Pavon.