If you're an animal lover, you’ve probably seen them in your Facebook and Twitter feeds; photos of tortured, abused and very sad looking animals that need our help. I have a lot of friends that do animal rescue and I keep an eye on animal nonprofits and so I see these photos constantly....
The Savong Foundation works to provide students with the opportunity to complete a high schools education and continue towards earning an undergraduate degree with the ultimate goal of becoming professionals in their communities.
I came across a young man who had recently started a free English language school. His name was Savong. He was bright, ambitious and very friendly. We immediately formed a friendship and I was so moved by what he had accomplished...
How much do you think I made as the CEO of the Savong Foundation last year? You would be correct if you came up with the exact number of -$5168.36. Yes, that’s right, it’s a minus because I earned $0 but with personal donations, advertising, travel expenses and other miscellaneous costs, I’m in the hole […]
It's an alarming figure: One qualified doctor for every 5000 people in Cambodia, which is one of the lowest ratios in the world. It's no wonder that poor people must turn to unqualified and unlicensed "healers" to get any hope of care.
And with an entire village getting infected with HIV, it's a tragic situation.
Of course, the situation is more complex than this. Even if there were more physicians, could the poor people afford to get proper treatment? What role should the government have in making sure that its people get treated? Should there be an accelerated program through university to produce more healthcare workers?
People from Iowa: No offense to Iowa... Okay, maybe a little. These are youngish couples who vaguely read something about Cambodia and thought it would be a neat place to visit. They are in way over their heads and quickly realize that Disneyland would have been a wiser choice. Dressed in polos and khakis, they sweat way too much and look generally tired and/or frustrated. Will likely never leave their home again when they return.