If you follow my blog at all you know one of my favorite places in the world is Cambodia. If you’ve lost track, this will be my 4th time going in 3 1/2 years! I’ve been asked many times, “why?” and the only answer I’ve come up with is that you have to see for yourself. There are no words that describe experiencing Cambodia.
My last trip we worked with an amazing non-profit called Safe Haven. Their focus is medical outreach for children but what they provide both the child and the family goes beyond the medical needs. They provide support, hope and education. I was lucky enough to meet one of their families and see the progress that has been made firsthand. Since then, the founder, Heather, has asked me to be on the board and I happily accepted! This trip, I have the opportunity to meet more families and take photos that will be used to better tell their stories and share what Safe Haven is doing. Each family will also get a framed portrait. When it comes to photography this is truly my passion… sharing, visually, the stories of those who wouldn’t otherwise be heard. And with that, I LOVE being able to share the photos with the people I photograph! (see my Haiti post HERE)
Because it is difficult to ship items to Siem Reap, the best way to get supplies there are to take them in suitcases. I will be doing a supply drive to try to fill at least one suitcase! Last time was a huge success! I’m always overwhelmed by the giving hearts of my friends, family, clients and even complete strangers! The tricky part this time is that I leave in two weeks. How much can I collect in two weeks?? You tell me. If you want to donate but the shipping time is longer than two weeks, no worries… Heather will be going in May and can take any items I’m not able to take! If you are interested in donating, you can check out their amazon wish list HERE and HERE.