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Cambodian Photo Album

Cambodian Photo Album



Appeal to family and friends

Appeal to family and friends



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    • CAMBODIAN Photo Album
      An appeal to friends and family
    • I considered myself a pretty savvy traveller.
    • You see, I’ve done a bit…
    • …I’ve seen a lot…
    • …learned a whole bunch…
    • …And have absorbed some amazing surroundings.
    • I’ve even debated the facts of the life with celebrities.
    • Just kidding, that was a wax statue…
    • But I have met some fabulous friends along the way.
    • So I didn’t think a trip to Cambodia would be any different to my other holidays.
      I’d just simply apply the same principles as I’d done before…
    • I’d submerge myself in the culture-
      …explore the religion….
      …taste the food…
      … and indulge in the local (tarantula) wine.
    • I’d get friendly with the natives and inject myself into local traditions…
    • Maybe even acquaint myself with the history.
    • But this so called ‘savvy’ traveller wasn’t quite expecting the impact this country would have on her.
    • Just over 25 years ago, Pol Pot, attempted to “restart civilisation” in Cambodia, killing 1.5 million Khmers along the way.
    • That’s 20% of the population
    • Victim’s were killed in the most inhumane ways.
    • While the Khmer Rouge was eventually overturned, the country found it hard to recover – as most of those with an education had been killed.
    • But rather than be defeated by the past, the Khmers have shown strength and resiliency.
    • They simply focus only on what’s important…
    • …And appreciate the smaller things in life.
    • Among those who have shown the most strength in adversity are the children from the “Happy Family Orphanage”
    • For the 40 odd orphans that live here, this is their entire back yard.
    • This is their veranda by day, by night the bedroom in which all the boys sleep.
      The girls sleep in a single room inside.
    • The children go to school 6 days a week (with the extra day to learn English) and help to clean their house on the 7th.
    • Despite the hardship these orphans (including Ky and Phoum above) complain about nothing, and instead, choose to smile.
    • The orphanage itself is run by a few locals with little help from outside organisations.
      According to Ky and Phoum, these carers work 7 days a week to support them and were described as “very tired”.
    • Having been so blown away by the resiliency and attitudes of these little ones I’ve felt compelled to help out.
    • And YOU CAN HELP too!
    • In October, I will be heading back to the Happy Family Orphanage.
      I’m hoping that loving and caring people like yourselves would be kind enough to donate toys, blankets, clothes, money – whatever you can.
    • The name of everyone who donates will have their name placed on a mural, which will also be given to the orphanage so that they will know that you contributed.
      Plus I’ll be taking a video camera over with me, so you may be able to see the direct impact your gift/donation will have on the orphanage.
    • Anything not able to be used by the Orphanage will be given to this Children’s hospital – which operates solely on the donations of others.
    • Sharene and Tyra McDonald
      Pamela Schubreit
      Teresa Wood
      Michelle and Scott Cloudsley
      Vito Di Tullio
      A special thanks to
      these people who have
      already helped out.
      Natasha and Brian Postle
      Kylie Fleischfresser
      Tasneem and ZsubiHasan
      Maria Schipova
    • If you wish to help, please email me at:
      I’m happy to answer any question you have and will make sure that all of the donations will reach Cambodian children
    • Alternatively, you can donate whenever I see you next (before October!)
      Please feel free to forward this on to anyone who may be interested in donating.