Saturday, June 14, 2008

Alfresco shower Khmer style

Well, was going to tell you that I went back in time and took this photo of Soeun when he was little. But he just told me in his village they didn't have a pump like this, but a well. He had to pull water out of the well with a bucket.

Political debate blog

A blog by a Cambodian living in Australia. It's an interesting blog, here is why its written:

" people are talking freely and daringly about the injustices around the world, and particularly about the current state of affairs of their motherland, Cambodia. For this reason, and this reason a lone, that I decided to create my own blog in order to enter into the political debate about the injustices, human right abuses, corruption and poverty in order to make a contirbution to improving things in the world, but particularly in my motherland, Cambodia."

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Fish Massage

There's kind of a moat (is that how you spell it?) around the hall on campus. Recently students have started sitting with their feet in the water. Small fish with 7 colours "nibble" at their feet as you can see here. There is actually a massage place in town where you sit in the water and fish massage your whole body. I tried sticking my feet in the school moat but it just felt ticklish.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Some more links

Blog of a Aussie Christian girl who works at a kids centre, I don't know her but her blog is interesting.

And this blog has comments about everyday issues here, such as dogs (for food) , crocs (for pets) , corruption and more.

Waterfall picnic

One Saturday we went to have lunch on a hill. It was about a 2 hour drive from Phnom Penh. Soeun’s small group had prepared a picnic lunch of beef rice and veggies. The rice was in our rice cooker, just cooked that morning. The beef was cut up and marinating in our big saucepan. We also took an esky (ice box) full of drinks and ice, as well as our huge water container.

We got out of the school’s bus at the entrance. After paying the gate fee we packed the picnic on an ox- cart and began the 3.5 km walk to the waterfall. It was nice to be walking through bush, not something you can do in the city!

However after about 1km we found we had to unpack the picnic from the ox-cart. The rest of the walk is too steep and rocky. So the rest of the way we carried everything. Between the heat, the slope, the rocks and the heavy stuff it wasn’t pleasant walk anymore. We had to keep stopping for breaks, we were all so exhausted.

The last straw for me was when my shoe broke. By that time we were already at the top. But I was so exhausted I couldn’t imagine how I was going to walk back down again.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sunshine Centre links

There are a few Aussie CMS missionarys in Cambodia. One of them works at a centre for kids. There are heaps of orphanages in Phnom Penh, but this is a bit different.
It was started when some CMSers saw kids working as rubbish collectors. They opened a place kids could wash, eat, get medical care etc.
I understand that many of the children in orphanages in Cambodia do have parents still living. Sometimes if parents can't look after their kids they end up living in orphanages.

Sunshine Centre tries to help the children and their whole family too, so the kids can grow up in their family.

If you want to know more you can visit their new website Sunshine Centre and have a look at the Sunshine blog.