Boat Baby Update

He lives in a home with walls constructed of bamboo, elevated on wooden stumps ten ladder steps from the ground.  I have cycled or tuk tuked along this track which runs parallel with the Mekong countless times over the past four years.  The track passes through many impoverished communities, an interweave of Buddhist and Islamic … More Boat Baby Update

Disability Detective

Today I visited Chey Chumneas Referral Hospital in Kandal Province, near the Ta Khmau roundabout a short drive south of Phnom Penh, with my friend “Samantha” and  her severely disabled son who I will call “Alex”.  He is 3.5 years old now, immobile, contracted, unable to speak or even so much as turn his head, … More Disability Detective

Project Update

A regular Cambodian sensation is that of being a ball of molten lava on legs.  Thankfully this is the time of year when on most days, at somewhere between 4pm and 6pm, the rolling cumulo-nimbus clouds burst open and a cataclysm of water plummets from the sky, cooling everything down almost immediately.  Construction workers have … More Project Update

Economies of Scale

This morning’s blazing sun is glistening on the muddy waters of the Mekong, evoking impressions of being in a tropical paradise.  It’s tropical but it could never be accurately described as a paradise.  I remind myself daily that the rewards of being here for me, really exist at least in part because I have a … More Economies of Scale

Rock ‘n Roll

On my first full day back in town Chom was taking a day off work to travel the 60km to his wife’s village, to pick her up and bring her home.  He works up to 18 hours a day, six days a week now, in two jobs (tuk tuk driving and managing the hotel I … More Rock ‘n Roll