Unfortunately as readers will be aware our camera gear was all stolen so we' ll do our best to paint a picture with our prose.
We have also spent time at the Russian Market, so named as the market Russian ex-pats visited back in time when they were the quasi colonial power in the '80s. This market (or Phsar in Khmer) is a little different to the main market (Phsar Thmey) in Phnom Penh, full of food stuffs & tourist t-shirts but has some exquisite crafts & art work from local Cambodian artisans as well as the more ubiquitous food stuffs, t-shirts & bootlegged movies & software.
COLTCOLT work with orphans from Phnom Penh, unfortunately many orphanages in Cambodia have an unsavory reputation and are simply there as a money making concern, complete with "rent-an-orphan", where unsuspecting barang (Khmer word for western foreigners) are milked for donations. One of the great things about being on the ground is being able to do some due diligence on organisations and we are happy to say from everything we've seen, both these organisations are the real deal.
|Photo of poster on the back of the door at the toilet of our guesthouse (taken with phone camera)|
COLT have a large solar install underway, so I was keen to see that. The money raised for the project was from generous donors, mostly from Holland. Part of that is having electric scooters (or moto's as they're called locally) that can be charged from the solar system. When the install is complete it will provide them with an energy self sufficiency that will be empowering and provide free power to the school and orphanage. We gave them a donation of $100 toward the Hand in Hand project.