Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Eye-opener

Saturday morning was an eye-opener for me. I knew very little about HIV in Cambodia before I spent time with John Tucker at his New Hope for Cambodian Children (NHCC) village in Kompong Speu. John is definitely a one-off but NHCC is not about him or his wife Kathy, it's all about the 200+ orphaned or abandoned children that live there, full-time, in a loving and caring environment, receiving the medicine they need to keep them alive. With NHCC and the ARV medication provided by the Clinton Foundation most of these children would not be alive today. And alive they are, and positively thriving. The girls I met were absolutely adorable and with access to the right medication, they will continue to live normal lives. NHCC doesn't restrict itself to providing the best possible care for the children in Kompong Speu, they also have an outreach program that helps and supports another 1,000 children in surrounding provinces. They also help themselves. Their pig and chicken-breeding and vegetable and fruit-growing programs are all part of their self-sustainability initiative. They welcome volunteers too and I couldn't think of a better place to spend your time and energy. $160 completely supports one child’s nutritional, care giving staff/foster parents, medical and educational needs at the village for one month if you'd like to make a difference yourself. Read more here.
These piglets in the village pig-breeding program reminded me of the children taking sustenance from the loving care provided by John Tucker and his team at NHCC

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