Trish spent the month of February in Cambodia where she spent time with the children from the Happy Hub House. We had friends and family from Australia visit, including some of our committee members Kathy and Craig. Craig is a paramedic, and showed bora and the kids what to do in case of a snake bite. As there is no anti venom in Cambodia and many dangerous snakes, learning this skill could one day save a life.
We all had some fun times taking the kids to the Epic Arts show and fun family days at the beach.
The Epic Arts show was amazing and not only an eye opener for us westerners but the kids also loved it and enjoyed seeing the story of their country acted out on stage by the wonderful disabled community of Kampot. If ever you are in Kampot, this is a must see, for more information go to Epic Arts . Check out their songs on you tube.
We headed out to the village to see how things are progressing and we were so happy to see the village growing with help from a few NGO's.
Money raised from the wonderful staff at Qantas Brisbane Airport, who held a Cupcakes for Cambodia fundraiser, raised enough money to install another well. The villagers are so happy and grateful for everyone's help. We will post photos of the new well once it is installed.
All in all the trip was successful and it was interesting to see the growth happening in Cambodia. many of the younger generation that are coming through now from university are setting up some incredible charities to assist their communities. Two very notable ones are M'Lop Tapang who support the very needy communities of the Sihanoukville Province. The impoverished children of this region have been very susceptible to the human trafficking trade, but with the amazing work by Pin and the board, every day is bringing hope to these people. The other one is SCD Orphanage that was founded by Norn, a Cambodian national. We visited the new farm at the village that they assist, it was amazing to see the progress and what he has achieved. The farm is set up for the younger children, who are cared for and learn at the farm. Norn is currently raising funds to repair a part of the village school that is pretty much falling down. The older children live at the home near Phnom Penh, where they attend school and university. So refreshing to see such vision and progress.