Team Zauren SouthEast Asia Trip

 
 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Aug. 4th, 2010

Well we left Vietnam and have headed to Cambodia. Our first stop was in Phnom Penh where we spent two nights. PP was much nicer then we thought it would be, at least from what we read about it. The Cambodians have been very nice, considering the depressing history and extreme poverty the country faces. There have been more street children and beggars here which is very hard to see. However there are some great organizations supporting the less fortunate here. One such organization is Mith Samlanh (Friends) which is a local organization working with Cambodian street children, their families and the community to develop creative projects that effecitively support the children to become independent and productive members of the community. We had the opportunity to dine at one of their restaurants in Phnom Penh, which trains street children with cooking and service industry skills to be independent and successful, despite prior hardships. The food and service was fantastic. While there we also visited the historic S-21 prison and killing fields to learn more about the Khmer Rouge Massacre and recent Cambodian history. If you are unfamiliar it would be worth while to research and learn about the atrocities committed during the late 1970s during the Khmer Rouge reign.

 

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