Khemer way of life

My name is Sara and I’ve been working for a month as a volunteer in Khemara’s head office.

I’ve been working on the website during my time here, which has been enormous fun and incredibly rewarding. Khemara makes a difference to thousands of lives and this experience will sit deep in my memory for the rest of my life. There are of course, a few things I’ve learnt on the way…

Understand the culture, the way of working and etiquette behind the communication; in a country that’s been through such a traumatic journey, you need to be considerate.

SaraBe patient – its always a virtue in my world and it rings so true here. Know that positive, persuasive negotiation will nearly always win, no matter how long it takes.

Being enthusiastic can be difficult when the weather is hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof, but plenty of water and the smiles you bring to the faces of your colleagues when you add value is worth a thousand cats.

Lastly, sometimes filing systems, administration and organisation can look a little chaotic at first glance, but it is organised chaos! Khemara’s strength is reacting to the needs of the community and the donor. However, consideration, patience and enthusiasm will lead you to everything you need to make a difference.

The greatest difference we’ve made is to embed a donate button on the website. Go and see it. And donate now. I’ve seen the faces on the children in Khemara’s childcare centres and the looks on the older ladies when a basic health check reveals a simple problem that’s easily cured.


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