Coming May Sineth and I are going to Cambodia; for Sineth it will be for the first time in 6 years she reunites with her family. For me, well I never met my parents-in-law, nor any of her siblings with the funny nick-names. Her fat sister (who according to Sineth is a better cook than her), her black sister, her skinny sister, midget sister, and all the brothers who all have names starting with Bun- so it took me many years figuring out who is who.
Most of her family has moved out to the city, but her parents still reside in the village a days’ travel from Siem Reap. The village is located in Kra Lanh district in an area rarely travelled by foreigners except for aid workers. In fact they are so rare children will flock the streets if they see one to examine their strange features. It’s poor, ravaged by war that only ended in 1997. No paved roads save for the semi-paved highway, no electricity accept for the district capital of Kralanh itself. Subsistence farming is the main source of income.
From Kralanh we will travel south to the village situated on the edge of the jungle. Apart from meeting family and old friends, we intend to do charity work for the villagers and relief extreme poverty especially for the elderly. We will buy solar lights, writing materials, medicines, little donations for the elderly, and if we raise enough money, get building materials for a potable water supply and sanitation.
Afterwards, we’ll publish the results on our web page. With your help we can make a difference for many people who’s lives were tattered by war and political force beyond their control. Thank you.