On November 9th, the Sisters celebrated their 25th anniversary of mission in Cambodia! In 1997, Sr. Lakana, from Thailand, was the first Sister sent to serve the poor youth of Cambodia. Sr. Teresita, from Colombia, joined Sr. Lakana a couple of days later. Sr. Malen, from the Philippines, arrived in Cambodia a month later. The Salesian Sisters started as one small community in Cambodia. Now in 2017, the Sisters have four different communities and run schools in each community to educate the Khmer youth!
The celebration of the 25th anniversary was wonderful. Bishop Olivier, the Bishop of all Cambodia, celebrated the Mass. After the Mass, students and staff from the four schools in Cambodia performed dances and songs in a program. I was asked to be the co-MC of the program with Siphon, an Elementary teacher. Siphon explained the program in Khmer, and I explained the program in English. I was a little nervous as this was my first time as an MC, and I had to speak in front of around 1,000 people. However, everything went well! The most exciting part about being an MC was that one of the other teachers let me borrow her Khmer dress for the occasion!