Visiting Cambodia for a month with our children. Want them to see life as it is for some in the orphanages and would like bring clothing to donate and some cash.
Any tips for the best places to do this?
#1 docgliv has been a member since 24/9/2006. Posts: 8
Life in Cambodian orphenages can be pretty bleak, and I'm sure any donations you have in mind will be much appreciated.
Probably the best known outfit is Sunshine Children's Village -- best to contact them directly or take a sift through their site - lots of info there.
Hope that helps
We are in Cambodia at the moment and would say to be choosy about where you go. We haven't visited one even though I was keen to because some appear to be more like a tourist attraction. We have heard stories of restaurants collecting and donating money only to find it has gone into the pockets of the owner rather than to the children. Also in some the children are not orphans but rather the parents live nearby but can't keep them maybe due to an abusive father etc. My personal opinion is that a donation of clothes, food or toys is better than money as you know it will go directly to the children.
#3 Georgie has been a member since 9/10/2006. Posts: 14
Agree 100% with Georgie's comment that items are better than cash. Likewise that not all the operations in Cambodia are 100% legit. Another place that has been recommended by other Travelfish readers has been the one attached to Veiyo Tonle (in my opinion the best pizza place in Phnom Penh) on the riverfront. While I haven't checked it out it may be worth a look -- and grab a pizza while you're there!
I took a big bag of rice to an orphanage in Phnom Penh; my moto driver told me that this was much better than taking cash for the reasons already mentioned. Can't remember the name of the place but it was very genuine, down some muddy back alleys. The children went nuts when I arrived with my bag of rice...
#5 pauljaymes has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 75
Here's a post from another forum which might be useful:
Visting Phnom Penh?? PLEASE READ THIS.....
Greetings from Cambodia. I hope you can take a second to read this and check out the website address below. It's for the orphanage I'm currently staying at in Phnom Penh. It is the most unbelievable place I've ever seen and a truely humbling experience. I'm a 26 year old Irish-man, travelling with my girlfriend and we're having the time of our life helping out at this orphanage at the moment. Just the smallest donation, $15 worth of rice, a few dollars worth of pens/paper, second hand clothes etc, anything, changes and benfits these wonderful kids. You can email the director,Mr Chan Norm, his details are on the website, and he will take you out there to talk, sing and play with the childern. If you are interested, please email him or send me a private message and I'll put you in touch.
Please, please take the time out to look at the website and see these people's work. They are amazing but need your help.
If you can't make it out to the orphanage, there is a donation box in the #10 Lakeside Guest house in the backpackers area of Phnom Penh.
Thanks for you time!
email address removed - please don't post email addresses - thanks!
#6 dancingroads has been a member since 25/6/2006. Posts: 14
Thank you for this posting. I will stop by there during my travels in late Nov.
#7 Averydka has been a member since 14/10/2006. Posts: 12
one more question. Approximately how many children are residing in this orphanage?
#8 Averydka has been a member since 14/10/2006. Posts: 12
Just got back from over a month in Cambodia. Decided to help with local schools instead of orphanages. If anyone is interested in how to help with one school in Takeo provice where we established a relationship, feel free to contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of the schools have no electricity and scant funding. We chose to buy new English learning books for the students. These books and many other school supplies are readily available in Phnom Penh. At a $1/book, we made a big difference to these students who had been using the same, used/torn/illegible books for 9 years, with very little investment on our part.
#9 docgliv has been a member since 24/9/2006. Posts: 8