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Visting slums in Phnom Penh

Back on the bus to Phnom Penh & went to the top floor of Sorya market for Cambodian fast food. You buy vouchers & then take the tickets around to the many stalls till you see something that appeals. You point at what you want, hand in your ticket & get your meal - usually for around $2. There is nothing western in this area & you get parts of chickens that you don't see at home but it tastes good!!!

After lunch the Childrens Church workers from New Life Church took us to a slum that they work in every week. It was pouring rain & we couldn't transport the guitar in case it got wrecked so the band didn't do any songs. This slum is to be seen to be believed & is just filthy, with so much rubbish, no water or electricity. They have so much rubbish because the rubbish trucks will not pick up their rubbish & so there is absolutely no way to get rid of it. The homes are made of tin & tarps & the many of the dirt floors have inches of water in them. It was much worse than the one we visited in Kamoing Cham & shocked everyone.

It was to prepare us for the one that night that we visited with another organisation that every week they prepare a couple of hundred meals to take in to the slum around the dump. It had rained all day & was so muddy & full of water. We didn't have gumboots so tied plastic bags over our shoes but that didn't help much. A few people had cuts on their feet & some had already got infected.

This one was even worse & being dark you had no idea what you were walking on & could feel squelching. We delivered food & water to most of the homes. They were so grateful & yet it felt so small & a drop in the ocean in helping meeting their needs.

It was Jeremy's birthday today & afterwards we went out for dessert to celebrate his day at a great new place in 278 St called " Elswhere" which has a pool. Next morning it was more of the same, visiting another organisation working with slum children. The band did some songs & a story which the kids loved & then tried to visit their village but couldn't get imnto it as the water was knee deep to walk through to get there.

Time for the band to fly out after lunch to the Phillipines & Nath & I to get ready to go to Vietnam on Saturday morning. On the way home from the airport Nath & I went to Central Market as he wanted to do some more shopping & then we had dinner at Baan Thai again on the way home. Felt very quiet going back to the house that night after everyone had left & we missed the noise & fun !!!!

Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham


Wading through mud to get to a slum

Wading through mud to get to a slum


Waiting for the bus in Kampong Cham

Waiting for the bus in Kampong Cham


Aaron is a little confused on how to wear t

Aaron is a little confused on how to wear t


Navigating the mud

Navigating the mud


Cathy in her rain gear

Cathy in her rain gear


This was the water we couldn't get across

This was the water we couldn't get across


KIds at the Slum

KIds at the Slum


Checking out the water

Checking out the water


Motorbike driving through the water

Motorbike driving through the water


Nath inside Central Markets

Nath inside Central Markets


Baan Thai - love the lanterns

Baan Thai - love the lanterns


Nath at Baan Thai

Nath at Baan Thai


Our Yummy dinner

Our Yummy dinner

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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