Since 2007 we have been committed to making a difference in Asia. After a visit to Vietnam we found ourselves profoundly impacted by the poverty that affects much of the population and we decided to do something to make a difference to as many Vietnamese people as we could. With the generous support of family, friends and acquaintances we were able to sponsor a number of villages and became involved in projects to improve the lives of the people living in the villages.
Early in 2011 we visited Cambodia and it is here that we are now focussing our attention. Cambodia is a nation with a broken past. Nearly two million people lost their lives during the reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s. Since that time thousands more have been killed or maimed by landmines left behind from that era. The effect of the devastation is still felt today. With much of the older generation wiped out during this period, the family structure previously a bedrock of Khmer culture has been broken down.
Cambodia is still the second poorest nation in East Asia despite significant progress in recent years. Cambodia has a population of over 15 million people with 33.3% of the population being under 15 years old. It is a nation inundated with poverty, exploitation and human trafficking. Cambodia’s children need protection, education, guidance and love.