There were many teary eyes as we got on our bus to leave Way Opot this afternoon. Saying goodbye is never easy, but in a community that is so used to saying goodbye, I was surprised that it was still this hard. Over the past week, I convinced myself that this resilient community had developedContinue reading “Wat Opot – It’s Hard to Say Goodbye”
This morning we left for a Phnom Penh orphanage to set up a mobile clinic there for the children and some of the adults. The drive from Takeo to Phnom Penh was interesting because we got to see more rural areas before we entered the city again. The orphanage is The Summit Foundation and isContinue reading “And Off We Go…Back To Phnom Penh”
Yesterday, after a long day at the clinic, we took a bus to see our volunteers and the children at Wat Opat Children’s Community. The children were already at the gate – welcoming us with an exuberance that one can only expect from 50 something young kids. As the bus stopped, a little girl ofContinue reading “An Evening At Wat Opat”
The line of patients waiting to be triaged for the clinic snakes around the block in front of the hospital. Over 1000 patients per day are seen here at Takeo Provincial Referral Hospital by the team of volunteers. Buddhist monks registering patients. Our fabulous translators – medical students from the International University in Phnom Penh.Continue reading “Wisdom and Compassion in Action”
This is a note that Ellen received today from a young girl who she had met yesterday. Ellen had commented to her how lovely her English is. Apparently she made quite the impression because the girl wrote this note for her and brought it to her when she returned for her clinic appointment today.
There comes a time in life when we can no longer hold back. We must open the flood gates and no longer hide from what is. A child will lead us the to the present moment…. The children who were on their death beds knew this and passed with open hearts Wayne shared with us,Continue reading “Thoughts from the Wat”
6:45pm every evening all 60 of the children of Wat Opot come together from the youngest to the oldest to meditate. No spiritual practice is pushed on them they are allowed to find their own path.