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Eyes being opened... what can we do

Leigh & I arrived In Cambodia today & were picked up by Ruth. We went to look at her Childrens Home & met her volunteers & all the beautiful children who are so friendly.

We visited Tuol Sleng ( Genocide Musem) which is a museum now about the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime that used this old school as a jail & place of torture before the men, women & children here were executed , often out at the Killing Fields just out of town. It was a sobering place & a grim reminder of what terrible things humans do to one another.

Afterwards we had lunch at the Boddhi Tree Restaurant opposite with a lovely lady called Kerry who was helping out Ruth.

That afternoon we were picked up by Graham who drove us to Kampong Cham to stay with them for a few days. They have a home for children with 23 living there. They are an amazing couple who could be retired & at home enjoying their grandchildren but live over here & love these children like their own. They have given the children not only love & nurture but an opportunity to dream & hope about a great future. Such an inspiring couple.

The weather here was sooo hot - sleeping at night was very difficult. On the drive here the bonnet of the car flew up blocking poor Grahams vision - just a little scary!!!

They took us around to visit the local area - slum villages - where we took rice & food to the village chief to distribute. This village along the riverfront moves as the floodwaters of the Mekong River rise each year & has no water, sanitation or electricity. All the children are malnourished.

We visited the TB Ward & Maternity Ward of the local hospital & encouraged & prayed for people & took in fruit. Hospitals have no nursing staff & are nothing like home. You would not want to need to be a patient in this hospital.

In another village we came across a man who had badly lacerated his leg a couple of days ago & needed it stitched before it got infected. We took him to the hospital & paid for his treatment. It only cost us $12, which is nothing but a fortune & unreachable sum to him when you earn $1 - 2 dollars a day. In this village a local church had put down 2 wells so the people had access to clean water, which helps reduce disease - again only $1100 US a well. So easy for a few people in the west to put in money to do things like this. Of course it requires first finding out how easy it is to make a difference.

A local church runs feeding programs with the children among lots of other things. We came across a lady with a terrible growth on her neck - things never get to that stage in a western country.

Genocide Museum

Genocide Museum


Genocide Museum

Genocide Museum


Mothers & Children begging

Mothers & Children begging


Beggars

Beggars


Village in Kampong Cham

Village in Kampong Cham


Maternity Ward

Maternity Ward


We got around in the back of the ute - lots of fun

We got around in the back of the ute - lots of fun


Markets

Markets


Leigh near bridge over Mekong

Leigh near bridge over Mekong


Cutie in village

Cutie in village


Poor village

Poor village


Leigh loving the children

Leigh loving the children


A local church feding program

A local church feding program


Feeding a couple of hundred!

Feeding a couple of hundred!


Fresh water from a new well

Fresh water from a new well


Out in the country

Out in the country


Beautiful children

Beautiful children


Me

Me

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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