Back in 2011 my husband and I visited Siem Reap, Cambodia to see the Angkor wat and few other well known temples. During that visit John’s brother introduce us to Sok the man who run an orphanage in Siem Reap and he is an amazing tour guide at the same time. After our tour he bring us to the orphanage and meet the kids and immediately my heart sank. Seeing these poor kids living all together in a small two story house makes me sad. They don’t have enough food, clothing and clean water. John and I fall in love with these kids because everyone are so genuinely happy despite of their living situation. Everyone love each other, they share their food with each other and always have smile on their face. Some of these kids they still have their parents and they still get a chance to visit them when it’s holiday or school break. A lot of you will ask why they live in the orphanage then if they still have parents? The answer is simple, most of their parents are very poor and can’t support their children especially the one that have more than two children. Cambodia is a very poor country but people are nice and very welcoming to visitors
When we used to live in Thailand we visit them every time that we have our visa run. John and I been to this orphanage many times and every time that we have guests we always bring them here. The kids are so kind and appreciative. Every time that we visit them we always make sure that we bring something and if not we make sure that we buy some food for them. We always ask them what they want for dinner and for some reason they always say fried chicken. I ask myself why it’s always fried chicken? And I notice that every time that we are there and see them having lunch or dinner they always have some sort of vegetable soup with a little bit of meat in it for flavor I assume and of course rice. That is why every time that we buy them food we always ask them what they want and sometimes they pick pizza too because don’t eat that often. Seeing these kids happy and genuinely thankful makes our day!
After lunch/dinner John and I play with them. John play soccer with the boys and I hang out with the girls sometimes we play but most of the time we sing together. The girls loves to sing and I noticed they like M2M (Pretty boy) and there is a thank you song that they always sing for us. These kids are amazing and we love them so much. It’s nice to see them grow and become an adults now. Few of them are done in school and have a full time job in a hotel as a receptionist ,some of them are tour guide and one of them is teaching English.
Our last visit on April 16 (our honeymoon)we bring some of the girls in our hotel and hang out by the pool. These kids never been to the pool before and it’s a great feeling to see them enjoying the water and the new scenery. We let them order the food that they want and one of them is pizza :)Everyone had a great time and they are so thankful and that make John and I feel great to be able to help even in a simple way!
I recommend to visit these kids in Siem Reap when you go in Cambodia. It’s a great feeling to be able to help and loved by these amazing kids. Contact me if you have any questions regarding the orphanage. John and I will be willing to help you to introduce to Sok.