Before going to Cambodia to build houses, our members surveyed high school and university students to see what questions they had for the people of Cambodia, and find out what they expected us to do there. The aim of this was to bring them into closer proximity with social issues. As part of Charinko Presentation, our volunteers reported on their experiences overseas and gave presentations to raise awareness about poverty. We also wanted to boost people's interest in what we do by reporting on the results of our preliminary survey.
When we surveyed students at a high school in Fukuoka in July, they asked questions about the lifestyle, culture, and food of Cambodia, and also asked us to tell the people of Cambodia about Japanese culture.
Equipped with the feedback we solicited from these surveys, our members went to Cambodia in August to work as house-building volunteers. In addition to building houses, we talked to locals and observed their lifestyles. We also visited an elementary school, and as we played games with the students, we were able to get some answers to the questions we collected.