Return to Cambodia
Some things still have not changed. A large percentage of people still live in poverty, rickety bamboo "homes" straddling rivers that are huge sewage routes. Children, though perhaps less than before, still beg or sell trinkets for money around the parks and markets and on the beaches instead of attend school. And homeless people are exploited and kicked far out of the city by the government, an "out of sight, out of mind" effort to "clean up the city." Tons of moped-type motorbikes weave in and out of the increasing number of cars and SUV's on the crowded streets making traffic more treacherous than ever. Heat and dust in the dry/hot season is balanced only by the abundance of wonderful sweet, yellow, ripe mangoes. Added to that is Khmer New Year, just passed, when Cambodians still love to return to their "homelands" in the provinces where the lack of running water and electric seems to never hinder the dancing and parties and cherished family time.
Overall a wonderful time of reunion and chance to see the ways that investing into people's lives brings meaning to life and multiplies the Love and Life that Christ and our faith gives us.