Entries by Duncan Bell

Working Week

This is my friend Sokunthea. She is 29 years old and her son Rah is just four years old. She collects rubbish for a living, not because she wants to but because she has to along with thousands of others in Phnom Penh. Sokunthea will get up at 7.00 in the morning and work until […]

Back To Reality

I have been home to England for the last five weeks and it was lovely to see family and friends again as well as England’s green and pleasant lands. I am here in Phnom Penh for another year and will be looking for work with another NGO for the next twelve months. Reality soon kicked […]

Changing Lives

This Sunday we had our Church service at one of the International schools here in Phnom Penh instead of at our usual church. The reason for this was that 16 people were getting baptised and we used their swimming pool to baptise them in. There were about 70 present for the service and it started […]

International Children’s Day

Saturday 1st June was International Children’s Day. To celebrate this most of the schools in Phnom Penh had a special ceremony at which they invited various dignitaries, donors and people who had supported the school over the last year. I was asked to attend as I had passed on some money that was donated by […]

Is There A Doctor In The Village ?

As part of our job we go and visit and support a small village in the province (countryside) about one and a half hours drive out of Phnom Penh. Our main focus is to help and support a small kindergarten and ladies sewing group there. The other week both of these projects were put on […]

Every Little Helps…..The Waitrose Way

With the money that was donated by Waitrose $100 was put towards sponsoring two children at a local school. Both children are already attending but their families are having difficulty supporting them due to their own finances being tight. Again it is an absolute pleasure to be able to help them and thank you again […]

Thank You Waitrose !

Before I came out to Cambodia to work I was working for Waitrose on the Isle of Wight. I have kept in touch with many of my former colleagues and Waitrose have been good enough to donate  £500 ($800) to put towards causes that I work with. Here is what I have put the money towards: Plants for […]

Just A Few Facts….

..and figures from this dusty but pleasant land. *In 2012 there were 553,000 orphans-about 9% of all children *71% of households live below the poverty line *41% of the population are under the age of 18 *40% of children have stunted growth due to poor nutrition *75,000 people are HIV positive *63,500 people have been injured or […]

Silly Games With Lovely Friends

On Friday we went to a Khmer country park with our language school. There was about 50 of us in all,staff and pupils. We left Phnom Penh at 8.00 and arrived two hours later. The plan was to teach us about the Khmer New Year which is between 14th and 16th of April and to […]