Sunday, 26 July 2009
Saturday was a busy day. First, we spent the morning with the staff from the Elim. We travelled with them to two villages. In the first village, we sought to identify some houses that we could spend some of the money we raised repairing. Many of the houses in this village only have tarpaulin roofs, which let in the rain because the tarpaulin is all in bits. We hope to put roofs on about five houses that have families most in need of help. it is rainy season at the moment and the conditions for the people when it rains are not good. We spent time talking to individuals, finding out what life is like for them, and later next week we will work with another NGO who has expertise in this area who will organise the repair work for us. We took Jantee with us to see her family - this is the village where she is from.The second village we visited is located just outside Phnom Penh dump. The dump has closed in the last few days, so there were only a few scavengers remaining. The dump site will be dug over and used as a site for more housing. For many people, this dump was the source of their livelihood - they would go here and look through it for anything they could recycle and then sell these things on. The fact that it has closed means that many people will have to search for alternative ways of making ends meet.Later we went to CFC. Jill enjoyed some cooking with the ladies. Jonny spent time at the barbecue with the men. After our evening meal (mentioned in our earlier post), we stayed for Josiah's birthday celebration. We played games and sang songs, and just enjoyed being part of the family atmosphere there.In the evening we returned to see John and Ann and have a quick cuppa and a chat. By the time we got home we were blootered!!! (not a word the Cambodians understand!!!) Will post pictures of all the aspects of our day later.