First Hand Trip to Phnom Penh May 2013

First Hand Trip to Phnom Penh May 2013

It was with much excitement the first 3 First Hand families set off for Phnom Penh on Labour Day, taking our huge bags of donations that had been collected in the run up to the trip. Wednesday afternoon saw us visiting the sisters at the Missionaries of Charity in central Phnom Penh. On the way we stopped at the rice market and supermarket to stock up on supplies – baby milk powder, nappies, floor cleaner, crackers. We then spent about an hour in the small room full of cots playing with the toddlers and babies that live there. We helped the younger ones with their dinner of chicken and rice (seconds were available for the hungry ones!) – all the children were in clean clothes with bottles of milk and ready for bed when we left. Thursday was the Riverkids day. We went down to the centre in the slum area of Phnom Penh and worked with about 30 children aged around 5-8 years old. While Qamariah and Nori, the two artists who accompanied us on the trip, got to work on the wall mural, the children themselves did some painting and then some tie dying on plain white t-shirts. The results were very colourful and the children were pleased to take them home at lunchtime along with beaded necklaces we had made with them and of course their painted faces. We visited the slum areas on the banks of the Mekong where many of the families live who are supported by RiverKids. The houses are really unstable, small and the area is frequently flooded during the rainy season....