Help us to help them

Kids of Steung MeancheyWe are not often moved to make a charitable appeal but here in Phnom Penh and Cambodia in general it’s hard to avoid the poverty. This is a very poor country, hit by much recent tragedy, war and genocide. Despite this, the people are warm and welcoming and have quickly found a place in our hearts.At the bottom of the heap in Cambodian society are the kids who live and work in the Phnom Penh garbage dump, Stung Meanchey. Some of these kids are only a few years old. They and their families spend their days sifting through the rubbish, including some medical waste, to try and make a few cents to live on. They are malnourished, some to the point of starvation. They are sick. They need help.

On Tuesday August 5th, we are going out with an established group that brings fresh bread and fruit and free basic medical care to these kids. They feed 3 children for a dollar. We will be donating some of our own money and would be thrilled if you would like to donate too. We will personally be going to the market, buying and distributing the food. After the trip, we will return with photographs to show you where your money went.

Please, even if it’s just $5 U.S. dollars. That will give 15 kids a decent meal, a small bit of joy in a very sad life. If you’d like to donate, the best way to do this would be by sending money to our Paypal account and if you send us a message through the site or to our email then we will tell you how to do this.

We will take out the equivalent of everything we receive in U.S. dollars and use it to buy food on Tuesday. If you want to know more about the group we are going with, you can read about it here. The picture on this post comes from that site.Even if the money does not arrive with us by Tuesday, if you tell us you have sent it we will take you at your word and use whatever is ‘in the post’ to buy food for these kids.


  1. Dave Vigliotti
    3rd August 2008 at 11:55 pm #

    Please share with me how to get to your Paypal account. I would like to help in the only small way I can from here. I have enjoyed following your travels and adventures. I will enjoy participating with you both in prayer and giving to those who so desperately need our help.

  2. friedel
    4th August 2008 at 5:55 am #

    Hi Dave, I will email you privately as I don’t want to post those details here. Thank you for being so generous. It is deeply appreciated. Friedel

  3. Len
    5th August 2008 at 11:24 am #

    Would you also email me on how to give? I sent $100 to the group in Cambodia called people improvement. A Cambodian woman by the name of Phymean Noun had been featured on CNN Asia about the children, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. So I googled her and found her website ( and sent money via paypal. So yeh, please let me know how I can send a donation!

    Len DeMoss
    Boulder, CO.
    but living/working in Jinan China at the moment.

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