Tree Planting Activities by OISCA Shizuoka Branch Group in Cambodia
OISCA Shizuoka Branch dispatched a 22-member mission headed by Mr. Tsuyoshi Hayakawa for tree planting activities in Cambodia from July 30 to August 3. The members comprised high school students and working adults living in Shizuoka Prefecture. Ms. Tomomi Kasuga, OISCA resident representative in Thailand, also joined the group to support the activities on the spot.
Based on the overall schedule coordinated by OISCA Cambodia, the group visited Damril Primary School, in Kampong Cham Province, located about 70 kilometers from the capital city of Phnom Penh on the central lowlands of the Mekong River. The school has been participating in the OISCA Children’s Forest Program (CFP). The visiting group planted 300 saplings of local tree species together with the Cambodian school children. They also visited two other CFP participating schools: Prey Chakrey School and Slab Kdorng Primary School and took part in the commemorative tree planting events. After the tree planting activities at the respective schools, they conducted exchange programs with the local children by performing dances and demonstrating Nippon Kempo (Japanese martial art) and ORIGAMI (Japanese art of paper folding).
Cambodia suffered tremendously from the long-lasting civil war in the 1970s and 1980s. Mr. Yoshinori Sano, Deputy Head of the mission, said that he was impressed by the children who are trying to live brightly and strongly despite the sad and dark history of the country. He expressed high expectations: “there will be someone coming out from these children who will take over our activities in the future.”