A few weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to volunteer in Cambodia. I spent two weeks taking photos of the amazing work being done by
The Buddhist Library in their Cambodia project. They provide water tanks to schools, English speaking classes and free dental clinics in and around Kampot province, south of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. The tireless work by the volunteers and the local teams is extraordinary. I documented just a small part of what they do for an upcoming new website for the project. While we were there, we also organised donations of 50 bikes for children in some of the poorest schools. These bikes are so important in ensuring children can easily get to and from school, improving their attendance. Education is the only way some of these children can improve their circumstances and hopefully live a life free from poverty.
Words cannot fully describe the experiences I had whilst there. I was already in love with Cambodia, having once visited the incredible Angkor Wat complex in Siem Reap. But staying for just those couple of weeks, meeting some of the locals and visiting remote village schools has just cemented my love affair with this beautiful country. The people have been through so much in recent history and many still live in extreme poverty, but their spirit is inspiring. More often then not as we were driving in our tuk tuks through villages surrounded by rice fields and farms we would be greeted with smiles and waves, children enthusiastically saying “hello” and running alongside us with beaming faces.
I want to share a few of these beautiful faces with you.