There are horrors here in Cambodia that I haven’t even imagined. This week, in the village that my friend Sareth lives in, a lady was trying to sell her 8 day old baby for $500. She wanted a new start in life and didn’t want to keep her baby.
They tried to explain to her that they couldn’t buy the baby but they would care for it and see that it was raised well and got to go to school. Later they decided they could give her bus money to get back to Phnom Phen but they wouldn’t buy the baby. She wasn’t willing to let the baby go, though, she wanted to sell it.
She left and they haven’t seen or heard from her for a couple of days. Her backup plan was to drop the baby off in front of one of the Casino’s. In the states it’s not a big deal to formula feed a baby but here they were mostly worried that the baby wouldn’t have good chance of making it to out of infancy.
In this picture Paul and Sareth are taking to the Pastor’s wife who had agreed to raise the kid. Paul was willing to raise the money needed to take care of the baby. It was really cool to see a family willing to take on a baby and the compassion that the christians there felt.
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Today it was really neat to see Unit 14 after hearing stories and talking about it for the last couple of months.
We didn’t take pictures during much of the time because we were in meetings but I did get a bunch of photos of the unit and project when we were driving around after the meetings.
Wow. The internet is really slow in this cafe. I’ll have to upload pictures later today if I get a chance.
They were really passionate about education and we asked them about the need for a school one of the ladies said they needed that more the well projects that they were working on because without education they are planting things but not seeing a harvest because they don’t know how to grow things well. When I asked how many of the ladies could or couldn’t read they all pointed to one lady. I was feeling bad as they singled out the one lady that I assumed couldn’t read.
It turned out that out of the 22 ladies she was the only one that could read and write.