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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Making Movies


Our names are Liron and Nitzan, 24 and 21 years old, from Israel. We have been traveling in Southeast Asia for the past three months; we already have been in Thailand, Laos, Nepal and Burma. We looked for a way to combine volunteering in our trip, and Cambodia seemed like a good place to do it.

The truth is we randomly contacted JWOC, but it turned out that one of the organization’s greatest needs, was someone to produce a movie about it, in order to help fundraising efforts and create awareness about JWOC's work. It just so happens that both of us have studied film making and did it for three years. We were happy to volunteer with something we liked and were good at, and we started a day after we got to Cambodia.

During the filming, we got to see all the projects that JWOC deals with, and meet all of the people involved, and it was a great experience. It’s different when somebody tells you that they are giving free English or computer lessons, than when you actually see it, all of a sudden you understand what a huge difference it can make in a person’s life and it is really inspiring. It made us feel sorry that not everyone could have the opportunities that JWOC can give. Also, when you see how enthusiastically the JWOC scholarship students volunteer in the projects, you understand another aspect of the organization – it isn’t just involved in the community, it helps the locals be involved in their own community.

So, after a week and a half, we are leaving, hoping our small contribution could make a big difference. We would like to thank all of the people that hosted us here. Keep up the good work!
Nitzan and Liron.

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