Waiting for the water, Siem Reap, Takev.
A little over a week ago, our program staff Stephen Jones (SE Asia Regional Manager) and Amelia Lyons (Health & Hygiene Manager) were in Cambodia. The main purpose of the visit was to meet with partners and working closely with Kith Rathamony, our Country Director, to get this new project we're loosely calling "Cambodia 2.0" off the ground. The best summation of what we're attempting is an internal audit and survey of our work to date. We're looking to learn what has been working best, what can be improved upon, and what needs to be dropped altogether. We're wrapping up this assessment by the end of May.
Amelia just sent us a field story about a visit she and Stephen had with one of our partners, Missionaries of Charity, and we've included an excerpt below. Mission of Charities is a Mother Teresa home in the Choam Chao district of Phnom Penh. The site houses 115 kids living with with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis as well as general patients. A Child's Right provides the water the kids drink as well as for preparing infant formula. Amelia's story is a perfect example of how the work we do supports the even more important work of our partners, who care for, love, teach, and nurture children every day.
"We sat under the shade of a gazebo with the head Sister as she told us about the home, the children, the other patients they see, and the amazing work they do. A train of children followed us around, giggling, tugging, playing. I spent ten minutes watching Stephen awe them with juggling, and they threw rocks around trying to do it themselves.
Upstairs in the home, children were everywhere. The girls had started a card game, perched atop the table, as some smaller kids chased colored balloons around the compound. At the end of the porch, several women sat with a few children. Among them was a 6-month old girl who had been at the home for a few months. When she arrived, she was tiny and weak, badly affected with HIV, too small and young for treatment. The Sisters nursed her back to life, and the baby girl can now take medication. Chubby and smiling, she stood on her tippy toes, propped up by the woman’s arms. The head Sister whispered to her, “A few months, right? In a few months you will be walking, you are so close!” The baby girl looked up with a huge smile and nodded—somehow, she understood."
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