Cambodia - Day 3
A more leisurely departure for Koy and Reny's Cambodian Care new school and community development project in the back pockets of Phnom Penh in a slum area that was poor beyond imagination. Little helpers from the primary school eagerly helped carry the heavy pre packed bags of new school uniforms and stationery along a narrow lane lined with chicken hut like houses and rotting garbage and bacteria laden stagnant water. Upon reaching the little school (one indoor/outdoor classroom) within no time we were surrounded by hundreds of intrigued children and their families. Beautiful background music supplied courtesy of Rachael and Tama as our team dispensed the goodies.
Next stop after a brief light lunch was Cambodian Care's second amazing project: the Railyard Community. Extreme poverty within eyeline of the Prime Minister's new US$50 million residential mansion less than a kilometre away. Prostitution, trafficking, drug addiction, alcoholism, severe physical and emotional abuse, no education and no hope are the lot of these people. However true hope is on the way and we were part of the blessing as again we handed out small food parcels and lots of smiles to over a 100 children as their parents watched on, unbelieving. The children playing on railway tracks and walking barefoot over all sorts of sharp objects was confrontation to the eyes. The stench of a cat sized dead rat rotting in the searing hot sun as we walked along the filth laden railway tracks before navigating our way across a rickety timber walkway that led past 'falling apart' shanties stilted over a swamp of sewage that had nowhere to go was beyond our saddest imagination.
Koy shared his amazing vision of transforming this misery into a thriving community based on Christian principles including the conversion of abandoned and decrepit old railway carriages into class rooms for the new Cambodian Care school to open in 2015.
Another farewell as we made our way for a brief one hour R&R at a shopping centre to stock up on water and supplies before arriving at Romdeng training restaurant where the food and the tarantulas (live and dead) were amazing! Back home in another fun tuk tuk convoy.
Handing out stationery and uniform packs.
Koy and Reny from Cambodian Care
Robbie and Ryan.
Children on the tracks.
This is home......