CHOICE do an incredible job helping the peoples on the rural outskirts of the madness that is Phnom Penh.
|Transporting Pigs to market|
We spent a day with them, catching up with what they're doing. We donated U$500 to help them continue their work.
|Dharra taking the donation for CHOICE|
A drop in the bucket for their ongoing costs but it all helps.
One important part of the CHOICE center is a sewing area where local women make the school uniforms, receive training and the chance to earn some money by making handicrafts. We bought some of their handmade items to sell at the local Nymboida market.
|Ladies hard at work|
The centre also provides extra school classes in English and Computing as well as medical facilities that visiting medical professionals can use when they donate their time. Choice have established a network of western medical professionals so extensive that there are always doctors available.
|Volunteer dentist from the USA|
|Rear of truck fitted with seats for transporting the children|
In Cambodia, children attend school either in the morning or the afternoon, the rest of the time they stay at the centre participating in extra curricular activities before jumping in the bus and heading home. While they're at the centre the children are also provided with a meal
In between doing all of that, CHOICE deliver drinking water to the villagers, who have no access to any and live beside polluted open drains
|Drains are used for bathing, washing, toileting and contain agricultural and industrial pollutants|
Village life is a combination of hope, despair and pragmatism.
|Typical village house perched over the drain|
|Row of houses|
We have nothing but admiration for the peoples living under these conditions and their resilience in the face of the comparative harshness of their life
We can't say enough about the wonderful job these guys do and we will continue to support them with your donations. We also want to thank the staff and volunteers of CHOICE for allowing us to interrupt their busy schedule
This was the first visit by Trevor (hence all the photo's and the third by Toni)