On Friday 8th Nov 2019, I visited a slum area in Phnom Penh to deliver containers of filtered water and 8kg bags of rice. As I entered the village I saw a man squatting, roasting a dog with a blow torch - the only food they had to eat! An older lady who greeted us with a warm yet stoic smile showed us her makeshift house- a tarp and planks of wood. The government had just reclaimed the land she had been living on- so she lost the house she had worked so hard to build. Half clothed children clamoured for the bread we offered - one girl couldn’t work out how to open a plastic bag of bread because she hadn’t seen the bag tie before. Another family had no rice in their cooker, no meat in their pot, just a handful of lettuce left to eat. So the rice and water we gave made all the difference. It’s hard to describe the sheer poverty and stark reality of what goes here! And how it makes you realise the luxury and waste we live with every day! Or to think about the simple joy and ‘warm heart feels’ that a little boy piling sweet scented flowers into your hand can bring. It certainly changes your perspective.
Donated money goes toward providing clean water and rice for families living in slum villages. The organisation I’ve been volunteering with for the past month- LRDE Les Restaurant des Enfant (https://m.facebook.com/LRDEcambodia/) buys and transports these supplies directly to families. The cost is $30 USD per month for a family of up to 10 people. Any contribution is appreciated. There are 15 families living in the slum village.