International Youth Day is celebrated globally on 12 August. In this issue, we shine a spotlight on our latest youth volunteers, their field experiences, and takeaways since answering the call to action by contributing their time, skills and enthusiastic energy to our cause.
Over the years, Lien AID has actively engaged Singaporean youths from tertiary institutions such as Nanyang Technological University (The Blue Right), and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Many receive the opportunity to step foot on our project sites, directly interacting with beneficiaries and gaining first-hand experience and understanding of the severity of the water issue in Asia.
Since last year, we have begun to engage youth volunteers from Cambodia, Vietnam and more recently the United States, immersing them across our organisation in Singapore and Phnom Penh.
The students from Royal University of Phnom Penh visited Kandal Province’s rural villages and aided the organisation in carrying out needs assessments surveys, which involved interviewing villagers in their homes and collected much needed data to inform our intervention process.
“I am close to graduating and wanted more experience in the work that I was studying at university. I am studying engineering and thought it would be a good way to get exposure to water treatment technology. I also wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and be involved in something so important,” explained Kimsay.
Read more about Kimsay’s experience here.
Read more about Kerry Phan’s (student intern from the United States) experience here.