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BE THE CHANGE PART. 2
柬單生活(下)

今次棋人有幸能夠參與由以立國際服務(ELIV)策劃的柬埔寨探訪活動「柬單生活」,要多謝香港社會創投基金(SVHK)的穿針引線,及合夥人公司力加市場推廣及顧問有限公司(Nextra Marketing)負責籌辦活動。今期會和大家介紹行程的點滴,還有參與今次活動的其中兩位棋人——鍾楚霖先生(小霖)和林盛斌先先(Bob)的感想分享。

回饋與學習
這趟柬埔寨的5日4夜探訪之旅,最主要的行程是為當地一個家庭建立新屋,不過並非由參與團隊單方面獨力進行,而是和當地的村民一起合作完成任務,並在過程中向他們分享自己的知識和經驗,同時學習當地人的生活價值和純樸,從而進行反思及認識家庭對於人的重要。旅程的第二天及第三天,從早上到黃昏,基本上就是在較落後的村落中,踏實地進行著札木和揼釘等工作,一步一步慢慢建立起那小木屋。除此以外,成員還參與了多項不同的活動,例如探訪孤兒院及進行家訪等;到了晚上回到市區,又去了觀賞享負盛名的公益馬戲團Phare Cambodian Circus及遊覽公益市集;第四天甚至和當地的小朋友二人一組地參觀了吳哥窟,在言語不通的情況下,共同解答預設的問題和寫生,以別開生面的方式瀏覽這個柬埔寨名勝。雖然時間不長,但已令成員對當地人的生活、文化和歷史,都有了新的體會。

快樂可以很簡單
身為棋人創辦人的小霖,在成立公司的時候,已矢志在達成商業的成功以外,還要建立起棋人自己的企業文化,可以運用我們的力量幫助有需要的人,做更多公益事務,因此多年來棋人積極參與了不少慈善活動,甚至自行發起了Good Drop Chessman Charity & Culture棋人公益文化計劃。而今次參加「柬單生活」,主要原因當然是因為真的可以幫助到當地一個家庭去改善生活,不過對他個人而言,還希望藉著這次身先士卒去親身體驗,可以從經驗豐富的以立國際服務身上,學習如何有效妥善地安排這類形外國的義工活動,亦希望參考一下,看看棋人未來的企業團隊訓練能否以這種形式進行。在云云活動中,小霖最難忘的不意外地是起屋的部分,畢竟自己一直對木工和建築零認識,第一次體驗還是在一個陌生、酷熱、落後得連電也沒有的環境。但在汗水和勞力背後,看著那不豪華但已令那一家三口笑得璨爛的木屋,一切付出都已值得。「可能是很老土的感想,但完成整個旅程最大的感受,就是快樂真的可以很簡單,當地人生活談不上富裕,卻很容易快樂,反觀我們好像擁有很多,但又是否真的快樂?另外一個很深刻的體會,就是不要懷疑或少看自己,其實再微細的力量,只要你肯付出,一樣可以改變世界。」

放下在香港繁忙的工作,史無前例地5日完全投入義工工作的Bob,也有相同的體會。「第一天去了參觀孤兒院,陪一班小朋友一齊玩,只係用一個爛了的皮球玩數字球,但全部小朋友都玩得好開心、笑得好親切,就算語言不通但仍然好熱切地想與你互動溝通,很純真,這些特質在香港小朋友身上反而失去了,自己好希望回到香港後,可以由自己的小朋友開始,慢慢培養回這些風氣和文化。」另一樣令Bob有很深印象的,就是當成員們拿著即影即有相機影相留念時,屋主兩夫婦問是否也可以替他們拍一張,原來他們從未見過即影即有相機,也從未拍過一張全家幅。對我們來說可能微不足道、不再新鮮的事情,卻能讓他們樂開懷,珍而重之。而對平日總有助手在旁幫忙的Bob,5天的獨立生活也令他有新的體會。「當然有少少不習慣,頭髮也幾天沒剪,很久沒試過,我想這也是一個讓我重新學習的機會吧。」只是付出少量的金錢和時間,既可以幫助人,又可以令自己成長,何樂而不為呢?

撰文:王卿儒
相片:由參加者及以立國際服務提供
美術:李介琳

Thank you to the line up of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVHK) and the organisation of Nextra Marketing, Chessman is incredibly privileged to have participated in the charity programme hosted by ELIV in Cambodia. In this volume, we will share our encounters from the trips, and you will hear from two fellow Chessmen, Mr. Jones Chong and Mr. Bob Lam, who participated in the programme.

Give Back and Learn
In this five-day-four-night programme to Cambodia, the key task was to build a new home for one local family. The volunteers worked closely with the locals and shared relevant knowledge and experiences. During the exchange, volunteers learnt more about the beauty of a non-materialistic life and reflected on their own lives as well. They came to realise the importance of family when they are away from them in a foreign place. In the second and third days, from dawn to sunset volunteers and locals worked to perfection on each lumber, nail and all construction works. A wood hut gradually took shape. The volunteers also participated in various activities such as visiting the local orphanage house and conducting home visits. They returned to city centre at nightfall for the renowned Phare Cambodian Circus and night market. On the fourth day, volunteers paired up with local children and visited Angkor Watt together. Each team had to finish tasks and draw portraits at different checkpoints of the Temple. Languages barriers did not seem to bother them while touring in this novel style at all. Albeit the short stay, volunteers gained a greater understanding and had new perspectives in terms of way of living, culture and heritage of Cambodia.

Happiness is simple
Our founder Mr. Jones Chong stood by his word that on top of financial success, corporate culture is key to Chessman. That said Chessman encourages employees to be active in voluntary services and help out those in dire needs. Chessman has even started its own charity programme called ‘Good Drop Chessman Charity & Culture’. Jones joined the trip to Cambodia because he wanted to help a local family improve lives with his own hands. But he also had another mission. As participant Jones wanted to learn from his experiences with ELIV and study how to organise international voluntary programmes. The experience also served as a taster to see if voluntary service can be adopted as corporate training for Chessman. Among all the fruitful experiences, without surprise building the wood hut stands as the most unforgettable experience for Jones. As an amateur with zero understanding on civil engineering, Jones’s first experience in house building cannot be more tough: radiant heat and remote area without electricity supply etc. Still, nothing beats the big smiles on the family’s face when they saw the finished hut, not even those sweats and hard labour. ‘It sounds very cliché, but looking back to the trip you realise happiness can be really simple. Yes the locals are far from affluent but they are very happy. As for us, we have lots of possessions but do they make us happy? Another takeaway for me, is never look down on yourself, never. No matter how trivial you perceive yourself as, as long as you are willing to give, you can change the world.’.

For Mr. Bob Lam, it was his first time ever to leave behind his engagement in Hong Kong and fully dedicate himself to voluntary work for five days. Like Jones, his experiences were very similar. ‘On the first day we visited the orphanage house and spend some incredible time with the children. We only have a scrapped ball to play omnikin ball and still we all have a lot of fun. Despite the language barrier, you can see from children’s faces how genuine their smiles are and how eager they are to communicate and play with you. I think that quality has long gone from Hong Kong kids. I really hope to come back to Hong Kong and step by step restore these lovely character to Hong Kong children, starting from my own children.’ Another thing that really touched Bob happened when the crews were taking photos with Polaroid camera. The house owners approached Bob, asking him to take a photo for them. It turned out that they have never see a Polaroid camera and never taken a family photo before. These seemingly trivial matters to us are gem to the locals. Those five days without his assistant also made Bob way more independent. ‘Of course it was hard to get used to. It had been long since I last not having hair shaved in a few days. I think it is also a great opportunity for me to learn and grow again.’ With just a small portion of your money and time, you get to help others and experience personal growth, what more could we ask for?

Editor: Eric Wong
Photo: From Participants and ELIV
Art: Carol Lee

ISSUE #144

BE THE CHANGE PART. 2

 

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