This morning I experienced my first jetlag of the trip and woke up at 4am. Exhausted now, I fortunately had energy this morning for our first NGO visit with the Harpswell Foundation. The Harpswell Foundation focuses on empowering the next generation of women leaders in the developing world. They house 84 girls in two dormitories and provide them with the necessary tools to become successful politicians, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Its incredible how much discipline and determination each of the Harpswell girls possess. Bi-weekly the girls are required to meet and discuss ten articles that each of them has chosen from the newspaper.
Kit Soklin and Lov Kimsrung are in the 4th year at Harpswell and serve as the vice disciplinary leaders for the residence of the Teuk Thla Harpswell Dormitory. Kit attends two universities where she is studying accounting and tourism. When I asked her what she wants to do after she graduates, she quickly responded “I want to be the Ambassador.”
Kunt Heathy is in her 4th year at Harpswell. She quickly latched on to me as soon as I arrived to the dormitory. Kunt studies law at the nearby university. I asked her what she does in her free time and she responded “I study!” Kunt asked if we could exchange weekly emails to help her practice her English. I am looking forward to having a new pen pal.
Post Harpswell, I went with Torri to the rooftop of the Quay Hotel for happy hour and a stunning sunset.