Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cambodia Update

Hi Everyone,

We hope you and yours are having a great summer. Here is a bit of an update about how life continues in Cambodia.


Samnang - 9 years old
We first met Samnang when he was living at a Street Children's Shelter that we were assisting in Cambodia in 2002, he was 9 years old and had been orphaned at the age of 5. Samnang spent the next few years in different orphanages and sometimes fending for himself on the street. Several years ago he came to You Vath, the wonderful woman who runs KIDS Girl's Home and also runs a home for boys. Samnang asked to live in her caring and safe environment. Since that time K.I.D.S. has helped fund Samnang with his living expenses and his education at the Boys Centre.
Samnang - 21 years old
He is a thoughtful, hardworking and very kind young man and always helps the other children living at the Centre, he is now 21 years old. Last year after he finished high school he headed into a one year hospitality training program that KIDS funded. He just graduated from that program with excellent marks and has been given a chef's job at a very nice French restaurant in Siem Reap. He will make a decent living wage ....Samnang is now on his way! Education and your support has taken him from living a difficult life on the streets to living a successful life with a positive future! He asked us to extend his gratitude.

The Lake Clinic:
Getting to the lake boat launch
The Lake Clinic continues to serve isolated communities on the Tonle Sap Lake and the Stung Sen River all year round. Through the dry and rainy seasons the medical team travels long distances to bring healthcare to those that have little or no access to medical services or medicine. They are an amazing team of dedicated people who overcome their own discomforts to care for others. The first part of the trip is getting to the boat by van, once they get off the road they have to travel by boat to the villages. 

Big boat is high & dry - have to take small boat
Sometimes there is so much water that the van gets stuck in the mud and sometimes there is so little water that the big boat gets stuck and then they have to take a small boat, which takes twice as long. Having experienced a few of these challenging trips we have great admiration for the TLC team. K.I.D.S. continues to support this life saving and life changing program which endures through rain, heat, dust, mud and wind. 

Mission Accomplished
Loading the river boat

The Lake Clinic's Doctor Sopeak

Thanks, as always for your support and assistance in improving the lives of so many children and families.

All the best,
Adrianne and Rick
K.I.D.S. Co-founders