September 15th, 2017:
My third stop on my July/August, ultra quick round-the-world was a week spent in Siem Reap Cambodia, near Angkor Wat. Since I’ve never been here before, seeing the temples was going to be interesting (another post on that in the future), but the primary reason for stopping here was to work with a couple different Non-Governmental Organizations. One group I worked with was the Regional Development Action Association, which does it’s work in and around Opheakspea village in the Sang Vey Commune about an hour motorbike ride outside of Siem Reap.
The RDAA supports the community with programs for Social Entrepreneurship, Alleviating poverty, and Reducing domestic violence, but for the day I spent with the founder, Sothea Yon, we focused on documenting their work at the Lotus House School and their programs in elderly care, which provides financial support and is currently involved in a big push to help everyone in the community suffering from cataracts.