On the first day in the new office building, April 5, 2010, there were 110 people working there. It was a very exciting moment to see everyone working together in a larger and more widely accessible office environment. Our management – from the General Manager to team leaders – all began as data entry operators and worked hard to develop a stronger team and expand our program to accommodate more disadvantaged people in Battambang and elsewhere in Cambodia.
Numbers and metrics will never mean as much to me as talking directly to our staff. When Chhayrorn first told me her story, I was immediately moved by her strong character and soft-spoken humor. Eventually, we produced a video in which Chhayrorn has the opportunity to tell her story to the rest of the world, so that you can see for yourself.
Do you know that game, where you sit in a circle and one person whispers a message into his neighbor’s ear, then he whispers the message into his neighbor’s ear, and then he whispers the message into his neighbor’s ear – until the message reaches the original sender?
After a wonderful but hot few weeks in Cambodia, DDD San Francisco is happy to be back in their brand-new office!
To me, it was so entertaining to see our staff enjoy their food, laughing, and singing, splashing each other and dancing all day long. This short but most enjoyable moment in time has already given me so much happiness, jollity, and fulfillment for a better and greater new year!