International Deaf Day
22 October 2009
Afternoon Activities (Part 2)


Preparations   |   Morning Activities (1)   |   Morning Activities (2)   |   Afternoon Activities (1)   |   AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES (2)

Although the plan was to have a small Deaf Day celebration, no one really knew how many people would come.  Probably a few more people came than expected but although the Deaf Community Center yard was crowded, it was a fun crowd and people really enjoyed themselves.

Another game back in the corner—where the ball couldn't bounce too far away—had cans of condensed milk set up in a pyramid and players used three tennis balls to try and knock them down.  Here the cans are being reset for the next attempt.

Game to knock down the cans

Not many people knocked over all the cans, but by the end of the day the cans were in rather bad shape with a lot of dents and bulges and scrapes from hitting the ground.

Throwing a tennis ball in a game

A very simple game required the player to race the clock to build a stack of wooden blocks, three blocks to a level.

Building blocks game

This was one of the games that appeared very simple but was actually difficult when it was necessary to work quickly to beat the clock.

Building blocks game

The guards worked faithfully outside the main gate all day. It may not have been as much fun as playing the games inside but it was probably better than the boring routine of watching the gate at the DDP office.

The guards on duty with the bicycles

Maybe the most popular game required participants to toss three rings, to see if they could get one or more to encircle a can of soft drink on the table.

Ring toss game

The idea of the game wasn't difficult but there were just two or three of the deaf people who seemed to have the knack for landing the rings around the cans.

Ring toss game

A more passive activity was guessing how many pieces of wrapped candy were contained in a large plastic jar. Again it was a simple concept but difficult to guess.

Guessing how many candies in the jar

All the guesses were recorded, and finally Justin Smith checked the list and announced the winner of the candy.  That was also the signal that it was time to start winding down the day's activities.

Announcing the winner of the candy guess

When the chairs were stacked up and the tables folded so they could be picked up by the rental company, a large group of deaf people and DDP staff started an informal Khmer traditional dance, circling around a table of flowers in the center.

Some informal dancing

Soon the numbers of deaf people were noticeably fewer.  The tents inside the yard and out on the street were rented from a local company to give shelter from the sun and the rain.  They are a part of everyday life in Cambodia where families set up tents in front of their houses (blocking the street!) for weddings and funerals mostly.

The crowd starts to thin

While others put away various supplies and equipment, some of the deaf people viewed photographs of the morning's activities that were displayed in a continuous slideshow.

Viewing photos from the morning activities

Finally everyone moved out into the street to reclaim bicycles and motorcycles and start their way home.


Heading home

Go to Activities page on DDP website
Go to Charlie Dittmeier's home page