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Exciting Sharing about S.E.A Life Matters Course

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Spending a week with SEA Life Matters Course, it was worth than I have thought. I found myself growing up a lot. I did appreciate what I have experienced and learned from this program. I did enjoy time with my family group, and appreciate what we shared to each other.

It was the first time for me to experience this kind of program and it would be my unforgettable memory in my life. I could get experiences from all the speakers and the organizers. I start to open my mind and listen to what other people say. I knew the important of sharing and receiving. Now I love sharing to people with what I have known. I dare to open my heart and say it out to my friends as I did during life story sharing in the family group.

Moreover, I realized that friendship is one of the most important things. Joining SEA Life Matters Course, I got a lot of friends both Cambodian and foreign friends. Finally, I would like to say that I am really delighted spending time with SEA Life Matters Course. It has made my life journey becoming so great. I hope this program will inspire a lot of participant from all the countries across Asia.

~ Song Kimsour (Cambodian Participant)

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I have learn a lot of things in LMC, I think LMC has help young people to find the meaning of life. We were introduced by 4 absolute standard values ; honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love. That can make us learn how to accept everything in our life, how to respect everything that comes to our life, and I think everyone has inspiring and motivated to take action by hearing a lot of speeches from some figure during the program.

I  learn about the levels of conflict ; discomforts, incidents, misunderstandings, tension, and crisis. LMC gave lots of chance for me to be creative in solve the problem. By tying to respect others and find directions in quiet time finally I moved to forgive my friends, and brave to mend our relationship. Now we can work together with our fully trust and our relationship better than before. I believe the important of sharing, very powerful and helpful. I saw a lot of people in LMC come with different background such as nationality, race, religion etc, but I believe that everyone wants live in peace and happiness.

~ Wuri Komari (Indonesian participant)

DSC_0074Honestly speaking, I myself would like to say that the first impression in the program was very gorgeous chance in my life-experience because I’ve learnt a lot of new things (knowledge) from both national and international people. The best reflection that I couldn’t forget in live is the way of learning to like, to live and to love each other as one nation in a short period. Basically, I do love the way I adopt and experience myself with friends in all situation. It shows that we learned to help, to care and to be close friends without violence-communication.

That wasn’t only having best friends, but we have more relationship beside friends, it means that we are a family as mother, father, sister and brother. More than that what I didn’t expected to have it came to me like I’ve learned four special words; they are method of Life Matters such as Absolute Honesty, Absolute Unselfishness, Absolute Purity and Absolute Love. These words remind my motivation and commitment until now because I’m always thinking about what I should and shouldn’t do. Moreover, “Love really touches my heart” means I keep my pure heart and good relationship for everyone as my family such as my family, relatives, friends and other people who I know. Starting from first day until last day of S.E.A LMC, I found that I was growing from zero to hero because of experience sharing and warm family during this course.

To some extent, I know I can be an independent person after I joined this program because I can lead myself to live with other mates, group or people in one community. Totally, I got many big benefits from sharing communities that create more friendship meaning that to make a good relationship between us (Cambodian) and people in each country to become closer and closer because we have forgotten the word discrimination.
Last but not least, I can learn how to lead myself more, how to live with different culture, how to keep a good network with people who I love. Besides, I can develop and maintain my life as matters. Only seven day bring me becoming understandable person in society. Fortunately, as I am a former SEA Life Matters Course, I am really appreciated this course since this is the chance for all young generation learn how to define the word “Life, Matters”. Therefore, I may say I am one of many lucky person who can join this amazing course and I hope I can share my experience in this future course in different countries.

All in all, I always keep the good memory in my mind about what we have react with each other both happy and sad time during our 7days last long as a word “Use Less Gain More”. Especially, I believe that I can transmit this special event to my Cambodian people especial youth to build up with their capacity and ownership of changing to love peace and justice and I hope to see more powerful participants in our SEA LMC 2013.

~ Vandy Muong (Cambodian participant)


Memorable Moments from SEA LMC 2012

This clip captures the memorable shots from South East Asia Life Matters Course 2012 in Cambodia. The course inspired learning, transformation, and friendship among young change-makers in the South East Asia region.

This clip is created by Vandy Muong (an LMC graduate) and her team (Cambodia) in 2012.

The Emerging Change Makers: Life Matters Course in South East Asia

The second South East Asia Life Matters Course will take place this year in Vietnam from 28 June to 7 July. Rob Wood and Miftahul Huda have sent this report of the first course, held last April in Cambodia.

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The young Initiatives of Change (IofC) teams in South East Asia are very emerged and dynamic, as there are so many diverse initiatives they take like the Youth Leadership Camp in Indonesia, Cambodia Thailand Exchange Programme, Tools for Change Conference in Malaysia, Family Workshop and Community Development in the Philippines and many more.

Cambodia is a country of contrasts – generous hospitality and care side by side with rampant corruption and injustice, extraordinary displays of wealth alongside heart-wrenching poverty. It’s a country that captures your heart and stirs your emotions and it is where the South East Asia Life Matters Course started.

The first-ever South East Asia Life Matters programme was held in Sihanouk Ville and Phnom Penh at the end of April in temperatures of 35 degrees and more! It was good that the first session – inner reflection and sharing – was held at 7am in the coolest part of the day.

Most of the 16 facilitators for the group of 38 are from nine countries (Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Australia). The course was facilitated by the alumni of Action For Life participants plus IofC seniors Rob and Cheryl Wood. Our planning times – three to four hours in length – mainly happened over skype and we only had a bit more than a day after everyone arrived from our various places for finalise preparations. Amazingly, it all came together in a wonderful way and the different sessions were ably hosted.

With such a large number of participants, the life-story telling was done in teams. The last one was held on one of the local beaches under the stars! The day of our final presentation we travelled five hours by bus from the port city of Sihanoukville, where we’d been till then, to the capital, Phnom Penh. One of the highlights of that evening event was an apology made by a young Cambodian to his god-brother in the audience. After asking forgiveness, he left the stage and went and embraced him.

A week later we met for lunch at a cafe with 13 of the 15 Cambodians who had joined Life Matters. A young businessman, who now manages 11 companies selling organic agricultural products, talked to them about his decision after attending the Life Matters course in Australia to resign from the business he was then working for because his boss refused to register his company. This was a brave step as, at the time, he had no other employment prospects. However the thought then came to establish his own business and soon afterwards he was offered the needed financial support to make it happen. His message that honesty pays was very well received by those listening to it.

They responded by telling him about steps of change they had taken. One said, ‘I grew up at Life Matters. I still have times when I don’t know what to do but I’ve now got a tool I can use – a time of quiet reflection – to find my next step.’

As a group they have decided to tackle the ever increasing problem of pollution in Phnom Penh. Twice a month they will work to clean up the rubbish in a very popular part of town in order to encourage others to join them. One of the groups called us yesterday about their plan and said, ‘We’ve decided we want to do more and talk less’.

After the course in Cambodia, the team decided to run the second South East Asia Life Matters Course from 28 June to 7 July, 2013 in Vietnam. People are very excited to be connected to be the change makers and make a global friendship.