I was struck by many things when I visited Cambodia: the breathtaking temples, the lovely food, and the children. We encountered many young children everywhere. Many were quite young (probably less than eight years old). It actually broke my heart to see so many children not in school, playing on the sidewalk, or being forced to solicit business for their family’s shops (by the way, kids can be quite forceful in following up and trying to coerce you into shops). It really made me wonder what I, a foreigner and tourist, could do to help. It was impossible to shop at every family grocery store and textile stand. I ended up feeling slightly helpless. I know I can start by being more directive about where my donations go and focus on education and children.
I am fortunate enough to be able to see the world and travel. This experience with Cambodia’s kids has touched me and I certainly hope that I can touch their lives some day as well too (Angelina Jolie was onto something here…)
Have a lovely week!