Visiting Sovanarra’s family….
With Chamry, my son Noa and Claire we walked to find Sovanarra’s family home.
Then we had to convince the Father to send his daughters to school.
Very sad… it takes time but with patience we might be able to finally convince the Mother and the Dad.
See how the girl is aksing for my help, silently she is listening, I am sure she hopes that I will be her fierce advocate.
I just need to contain my disapproval and my frustration.
I keep reminding myself mentally that only 30 years ago, these people were killing each others for no fundamental reason.
During the Cambodian genocide, million of them died. No question asked.
One step at a time… patience is gold.
Claire playing with girls while I am talking seriously with the parents via Chamri’s help of course as I do not speak Khmer.
(Khmer is spoken by approximately 12.6 million people in Cambodia where it is the official language).
This girl is lucky the neighbors let her attend school at PSE (Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant NGO)
Visiting the families of my children.
Paying my respect to their Mothers.
Together with Phuong Mean’s Mother and sister.
At the end of my visit, we decided that Phuong Mean’s brother called Phuong Tong will come to live with us at the foyer (home).
(Phuong Tong seated next to Claire, she came from France for 4 months to do an intership. She lives inside the hone with everyone).
I promised his Mother that I will take care of him.
She has 4 children: 3 sons and one daughter.
Her 3 sons are mentally challenged, due to the toxic waste where the grew up.
Autism is seen in boys most of the time.
More than in girls. Actually her daughter is fine…. women capacity to detoxify is higher that in men.
These girls and boys are neighbors.
The girls’s cousin is actually living with us.
The Mother of the 2 girls on the picture tells me that her daughter in pink, is also mentally slow and that I should take her with me.
Actually I denied because I saw nothing “different” about her. Only that she is so damm gorgeous, OMG!
The cutie of the family!
Chamri takes care of our children at home, she takes them to work, picks them up at night and she cook for them.
She is the “maitresse de masion” and she has such an amazing devotion for them all.
She also comes from the slums also she knows well….
This water-well was donated by Korean people.
This is where the entire family showers and drink.
But the water smells like lead, also it cannot be so good for their health…. but at least they can drink…
Her husband left her when she gave birth of her daughter, also she now lives with her Mother.
My cutie is so happy to look pretty.
Even small girls like to play dress-up, that is for sure!
ahh!! Look at our faces! She is extra cute
Saying goodbye… I always visit them when I am in Phonm Penh.