Meet Kiwee. Actually, her name is Kristine Wee, but you can call her Kiwee if you want, and even Kiwee Wee if she’s having a good day.
Kiwee is another volunteer in Battambang. She’s from the Philippines and just graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in the spring, with a major in Development Studies. In college, she was involved with a Catholic student group, and her senior year, she was in charge of their Social Justice work. She takes great pictures, likes to talk about bodily functions, has crushes on Jesuits, and speaks three four languages (including Khmer, which she is picking up so quickly that it is putting me to shame). So yeah, you could say we get along.
Here in the Bang, she’s helping manage the Tep Im Student Center for high school and university students. She teaches computer and English classes, and spends a lot of time hanging out with the students, encouraging them in their studies and friendships, and occasionally putting on the discipline hat. She’ll also be helping the Romero Center conduct formal comprehensive needs assessments in target communities, putting her education to great use.
She’s one of my best friends here, as well as my new roommate. We’re still getting our new house (which is in Tep Im) set up and cleaned, but pictures will be coming soon! Kiwee’s also tentatively committed to two years here in Cambodia, so assuming all goes according to plan, she and I will be here for the same amount of time.
Say hi to Kiwee!