First Hand update on help provided to desperate family

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Soriya and Sovanny are a mother and daughter living within one of the communities close to the Riverkids project in Phnom Penh. Soriya has worked as a sex worker on the streets for a long time, she is in her late thirties and her daughter is turning 14. Soriya is HIV+ and has 3 children, son aged 20, daughter 13 and son 5. Only the middle daughter Sovanny is living with her the others are with the father. We met her whilst visiting the slum communities, when she came into the Riverkids Alexandra centre with her daughter. She had been pushed off a motorbike in the night by a client who didn’t want to pay his bill. She had really nasty wounds over her knees and legs and looked incredibly frail. At the time there was not much we could do for her so we left her in the care of the housemothers at Riverkids, but invited her to come for lunch with us when we took the children out after the morning tour. Our guide Soklee suggested that we could interview her after lunch so that we could pay her for the interview and therefore give her some money. So we continued our visit and then met up with the Riverkids, Housemothers and Soriya and Sovanny and took them all for lunch and ice cream. After lunch we talked to her and found out her desperate story. Soriya had been locked out of her house for not paying her rent. (Later we found out that she had actually been locked out for 3 nights...