We home-stayed on the island of Kratie Province.
The family at the house was so kind that their mother treated Hina like a grand daughter. She invited Hina to join a community party and a prayer at Buddhist temple.
Hina greets with everyone she sees. She even said she would like to overcome fears of talking to non-English speakers.
Before Hina went out with their mother, she told me that she felt uncomfortable to speak Khmer and that she would like to stay at a hotel, where only English speakers are there.
But when she went out with the family without me, she said she enjoyed talking to new people. So I let her go out with a host mom again. When she came back, she shared how she communicated with the people who speak only Khmer.
She used gestures and she learned some new words from them. She talked about the experience happily.
through this experience, she has found some joy after overcoming fears.
I think that she was able to know how much she can do without help from her parents as well.