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Cambodian Photo Album


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Cambodian Photo Album

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