Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDOCHINA ADVENTURE:
Cambodia Gallery 10: CAMBODIA DINING I
Road to New Hope in Siem Reap
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first meal in Siem Reap was in the nearby village of Mondul 3 at the Planeterra-supported
New Hope Restaurant project.
The focus of this New Hope Cambodia
Project is 'free education for all'. This is in recognition of the vital
role education plays in helping break the cycle of poverty. New Hope's
activities and programs address the daily issues facing families in crisis
situations and to find ways to work toward a better future.
In 2007 Soth Kemsour, an ex-Buddhist
monk and son of a village chief, purchased land in Mondul 3 after it had
been sold off by the army. He soon realised that there was a desperate
need for food, education and health care. He sold every viable asset to
build a small grass hut to serve as his classroom and eventually founded
the New Hope Cambodia organization.
Mondul 3 is located in one of
the of the poorest slum areas in Siem Reap province. Once a military base,
the village is now home to some 300 families made up of army personnel,
karaoke/sex workers and displaced men, women and children. The people of
Mondul 3 have no formal education, English language or vocational skills.
Living conditions are appalling, work opportunities limited and food scarce.
Children often rely on elderly relatives and siblings for care, or are
left to fend for themselves. In order to survive many girls fall victim
to the sex trade and often have children themselves at a young age. Without
help these girls have no future.
Beam and Local Guide Supervise
the Tuk-Tuk Boarding
Through the Streets of Siem Reap to New Hope Restaurant
Arrival at the New Hope Training Compound
A look down at Beam and the host in the courtyard
after climbing to the upper levels
Exploring the Canada Room and Other Classrooms
The New Hope Project Host briefs visitors before the
Gathering in the courtyard before entering the dining
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