Thank you Colin Norris, Julie & Aja Cordner who accompanied Sok Lin and his family to firstly Royal Phnom Penh hospital for an assessment on the children. Unfortunately Sok Lin and his smaller sister and brother were deemed as congenitally deaf, and the other sibling, a boy is downs syndrome. The 3 mute children have never spoken, never learnt sign language and have no means of communication, yet they are the most beautiful and happy children.
It is very hard for the mother who works every day in Phnom Penh, which is about a 2 hour drive. Her husband passed away at the beginning of 2017, so you can only imagine how hard life is for them. We managed to get Sok Lin into All Ears in Cambodia (an amazing NGO), where he was given a more thorough check up. They advised us that there isn't anything that can be done for Sok because of his age and condition. He will never talk. Our only option is to try and find a way that we can get him to a place where he can at least learn sign language so that he can communicate.
While Project Cambodia were visiting the village that Sok Lin is from in Feb 17, Sok Lin borrowed one of the volunteers camera and took some pictures. Seems he has an eye for photography :)
Thanks to a donation from Noosa Camera House, Colin presented Sok Lin with a camera that he can take pictures with. We have decided to hold photo exhibitions to show Sok Lin's work and to sell and raise money to help with medical and living needs for Sok Lin and his family.
We will be posting more information and pictures shortly about this project. If you would like to donate to Sok Lins' cause then just follow this link- Sok Lin Donation.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated their time and money in this cause :)))
After spending a couple of days in Phnom Penh showing Sok Lin around to take some pictures, they then all headed off to Sok Lins village, where they distributed the water filters, clothes, toothbrushes and educational books that Colin brought from donors in Australia. It was obvious to Colin, Julie and Aja that we have just scratched the surface with medical issues in the village. They met a man who had already had 1 leg amputated and his ankle has gangrene. There are also children in the village that have vision problems, and one little boy who has an enlarged testicle and cannot urinate properly. We are desperate to help these people but unfortunately do not have sufficient funds. Trish will be busy trying to get some other NGO's involved ASAP to get medical treatment.
Colin then headed down to Kampot to visit the Happy Hub house children, where he got to spend some time colouring in with them and playing games.
All in all a heartbreaking yet optimistic trip.