Smiling Gecko Campus
The faces of poverty
A conversation with our social worker Sopheary
People here often have massive communication problems, which makes my job very demanding. This is probably difficult for you to understand, but those who lack general education also have great difficulty communicating or expressing themselves. I notice this again and again when I talk to families about their rights and responsibilities as citizens. They know neither one nor the other and find it difficult to understand more complex connections. This then leads, for example, to the family not taking advantage of the little government assistance they receive because they cannot imagine what this assistance looks like. There are also always problems within families and in communities because there is a lack of a common language. Or rather, the understanding of connections is simply not there. People hear what you say, but they often don’t understand what you’re trying to convey. Of course, this makes it even more difficult to provide them with meaningful support. Overcoming these challenges requires a combination of patience and empathy. And it certainly helps if you know the cultural background and special features here.
Yes, there are those too. For example, when I see our children going to school. And of course, the situations in which I feel the positive effects of my efforts as a social worker. Being there as families experience small moments of happiness and progress is incredibly rewarding. When I watch them take steps toward self-determination, gain skills, and make positive changes in their lives and those of their families, it confirms the value of my work. Seeing their smiles and their success is a source of inspiration and fulfillment that motivates me in my work.
Finally, we want to dream a little together. What would your wishes be if, for once, money didn’t play a role: for you personally and your work and for the people who live around the campus.
I would like to continually improve my skills and knowledge as a social worker. I would invest in training and professional development opportunities that would allow me to support people and families more effectively and effectively. My greatest wish for my work would be to see significant positive changes in the lives of all beneficiary families. How wonderful it would be if the people surrounding the campus all had access to quality education and vocational training, as well as resources that enable them to create stable and sustainable sources of income for the entire community. I envision thriving local businesses, collaborations, and skills-sharing initiatives that benefit not only individual families, but also the collective well-being of the community.
Dear Sopheary, you can be sure that we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that your wishes come true.