by Richard Fisher
When I flew in to Cambodia I had planned to just deliver food for the Cambodian NLCO Orphanage in Siem Reap. I had heard that there had been some exceptionally intense Monsoon rains this year and there was quiet extensive countrywide flooding. I wondered how it would affect the orphanage property which is just above the high water mark. When I got to the orphanage that first evening it was dark and depressing and the lights turned off for fear of electrocuting the orphans who were standing in ankle deep water. Only candles for illumination made it seem very depressing, dark and even dangerous for the children, certainly uncomfortable.
Cambodia Orphanage food delivery.
That first evening at the orphanage we delivered 100 kilos (220 lbs.) of rice, some vegetables and a small amount of meat for flavoring. The children had something to eat that night. I felt so bad for them in those conditions where they slept just inches off the fetid water and had to get out of bed to greet a gray threatening sky in the mud.
Cambodian Orphanage, the original Sand lot floor for shower and toilet rooms.
Overnight I learned of the monster super typhoon nearing the Philippines. I looked at the satellite and saw that this largest Typhoon in human history stretched from east of the Philippines to Cambodia in the west and from far south Vietnam to China in the north. The weather men had no idea where it would go at that point but rain was causing flooding everywhere across the region.
Cambodia Orphanage, installing rock for the foundation for the new patio floor.
Fearing that if there were no steps taken, the orphans might be washed into the river already topping it's banks. As there were a few more days until the possible impact, we ordered some stone and concrete to lay some flooring over the sand to give more strength for the established buildings and give them a shower room and pump wash room clean floor as well. That would add about a total of 6 inches in height.
Cambodia Orphanage, the finished slab for the showers and toilets.
As it turned out the big Typhoon did not hit Cambodia but was followed by a monster tropical depression that dropped tons of rain on the already flooded country.
Cambodia Orphanage, working the earth for the new garden. We purchased the green fencing, seeds and the watering cans.
We were very lucky and those 6 inches made the difference and provides the orphans a clean slab in which to dry off and wash their clothing, from an old hand pump at that.
we poured a new slab for the
In the meantime, we with the orphans, built a garden and garden fencing for some locally grown vegetables and healthy activities for the children.
taking a break at the end
Thanks for your support last year to these desperately disadvantaged orphans and the trust we built last season allowed us to do a weeks work in just a few days.
Gateway and guard
of the NLCO Cambodia Orphanage.
In addition to continuing our food support for the Orphans and some minor build projects, we are seeking 2 college, freshman year scholarships for our two volunteer youth. Ouk Ravy $500.00 USD for EMT/nursing school and Ouk Phheakkdey $350 freshman year accounting school.
Cambodia, Thank God only the outer bands of the super typhoon
Thank you so much for your support over all of these years. You are directly benefiting some of the most innocent, deserving and needy children in the world.
Cambodia season long flooding affecting the orphanage.
Urgent flood repairs needed at the Cambodian Orphanage now that the flood waters are beginning to subside, we need to do repairs and flooring improvements at the orphanage as soon as humanly possible. Your support is urgently needed for these worthy Cambodian orphans after the super typhoon.
Computer Scholarship in Laos for Young Women.
Our effective direct action model of giving food, education and computers to one worthy girl, orphanage or Tarahumara Native American village at a time where talent and drive are self evident is proving to be very successful and has given several young teenage women a chance in life that they would have never had.
To send your donation to help the Cambodia Orphanage, please send a check to:
Wilderness Expeditions Ltd.
PO Box 86492
Tucson AZ 85754
Please make sure to note Cambodia Orphanage.
and you will receive a IRS tax deduction receipt!
Upon exploring some of the most
prominent canyons in Cambodia I discovered that there was a critical need for
young orphans in supplying food and further a scholarship program for the young
adult volunteers working over these past years to build the
News from Canyons Worldwide
and in the case of the Tarahumara Indians and Cambodian Orphans, Food.
Richard D. Fisher 2013
Upon exploring some of the most prominent canyons in Cambodia I discovered that there was a critical need for young orphans in supplying food and further a scholarship program for the young adult volunteers working over these past years to build the orphanage.
Thank you so very much for our long term supporters and humanitarians!
We took on the
Cambodia Orphanage support in the last moments of 2012 as a Christmas and
back to our main Asian project for the Tibetan Orphanage.
it is completed for
this season I hope you can agree it was well worth the effort.
With energy renewed we will start to move north and see what we can do in Laos and then in April
Here is the breakdown of the direct donated cost for Cambodia two orphanages and one College Scholarship.
1. Food 200 lbs of rice, 10 kilos Chicken, 5 Kilos Fish 50 Kilos vegetables and spices $125.00
2.Tuition one year one student 310.00
7. 224 books and writing pins 85.00
8. TukTuk Driver and food buyer 100.00
9. Emergency bank account for student 50.00
Total project cost: $911.50 USD
The construction of new rooms at the Orphanage is going quickly.
Food buy for the New Year feast and beyond, about 12 noon.
Carry the food to the orphanage along the sandy 1 lane track. Youth helping youth 4:30 p.m.
About 2/3 of the kids in the Orphanage and volunteers and local staff New Year Eve 2012 5p.m.
is full. It was a
Five required books
for first semester $8.75 USD. Inflation? Not here, and no college student
For those who encouraged us to continue this project please send you check to
We will return an IRS 501 (c) 3 a tax deduction receipt:
Wilderness Expeditions Ltd.
P.O. Box 86492
Tucson, Arizona 85754 USA