Join me as I document the trip of a lifetime into Soweto, South Africa's most historic terrain, where I will live and work during the summer of 2009 donating XO laptops to children as part of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here's To You
ive learned that i cant sit idly by when injustice occurs around me.
ive learned i am easily taken advantage of and represent a prey for predators; that despite my tough exterior i am all three weak, damaged, and insecure.
ive learned i value health and intellectual stimulation
ive learned i am only beautiful if i believe all of myself--at all times--to be
ive learned i can survive on very little
ive learned trust is the most important thing in life
ive learned that looks can be deceiving
ive learned to trust my instincts
i am learning to let go of fear
i am learning people of different and same colors live separate realities
i am learning i cannot do everything alone
ive learned how much i take for granted
im learning how 'comfort' is neither necessary nor unnecessary
ive learned how much i can change a life
i continue to learn how beautiful people are
im learning not to judge people who hurt me but rather to ask myself why
im learning how instrumental my psyche is to my environment
The XO is a potent learning tool designed and built especially for children in developing countries, living in some of the most remote environments. It’s about the size of a small textbook. It has built-in wireless and a unique screen that is readable under direct sunlight for children who go to school outdoors. It’s extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, and fun.
I am a 27-year-old journalist currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, reporting for The Cambodia Daily, the country's widest read English paper.
I'm trying to learn about the land of the Khmer--one story at a time.