With the generosity of GoPhil donors, another round of Rapid Response funding was given to Free To Shine. The remaining families that needed assistance, and a few more that were assessed, could then also receive three months of support. The same assessment, model and calculations were used to manage the allocation of resources to these families and delivery and distribution began much like the first round.
To deliver these emergency food packages safely, we needed tuk tuk drivers with licenses, in order to follow the new Cambodian traffic rules which was announced by the government mid-pandemic, in May. We couldn’t find tuk tuk drivers, who rely on tourists for their income, who had undertaken this new training and license. Hence we chose that three of our team members would do so. Prior to this all our team have licenses to drive motorbikes, in fact for safety purposes we did car and van training and gained full driver’s licenses, to ensure safety on the roads as we travel many kilometres. But during the pandemic the government created and necessitated a new tuk tuk license. Our team, 2 males and 1 female, took exams to get tuk tuk licenses, and all successfully passed.