Although my trip to Siem Reap was for vacation, I learned a lot about their history and the poor state of the people from stories of friends who’ve been there
so I made sure to do a little something
to help during my visit.
I came across Green Gecko Project when I did a little research about Navutu, the hotel recommended by a friend and where we eventually stayed. As it turns out, the modest home is very near the hotel.
It is a NGO where volunteers work hand in hand to take care of former street children. I dropped off the printer ink cartridges, part of their wish list you can see on the site, and took a bit of time admiring how such a small place is making a big difference.
It is of utmost importance then to spread the word about
these kinds of places - to inspire us and most of all
to move us to act.
And so I leave you with the words of Doug, one of the people who dedicated his life to this project.
“In terms of ‘spreading the word’, it is not always easy for many in distant places, with busy lives, to gain a perspective and appreciation of the many of issues that face the poorer communities such as those in Cambodia, in particular the children. Your experience in Cambodia has given you some insight as to the prevailing conditions and work being done and, as such, it places you in a better position to impart some of that understanding to your wider circle of friends. Perhaps as part of that, referring them to Green Gecko’s web site is one way of promoting the work that is done, & by a ‘bona fide’, well-respected NGO such as Green Gecko.”