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Outskirts

Vitor Queiroz | Cambodia

Organization: V.D.CA.

As I was leaving their house where I stayed for a few days, this is what I see when I look back, family Main received me as a member of their family.

After spending some time working with Volunteer Development Children's Association (VDCA), based in Siem Reap and Anlung Pi, a small village in north Cambodia, I experienced a heart-warming hospitality and their dedication to  development of education.

At once idyllic and untouched by human hand, this increasingly industrialized and contaminated area not only impressed me but has also put in perspective what we all take for granted.

Even with a backdrop of destructive industrialization and lack of resources for essential needs, the villagers showed incredible hospitality and generosity. They made me feel like a part of their family, never hesitating to share, with a stranger, whatever resources they had at their disposal. The lack of material goods resulted in the abundance of spirit. It is in the midst of what we perceive as poverty that I’ve encountered the richness of the Cambodian soul.

 

Volunteer Development Children's in Cambodia

The local NGO Volunteer Development Children's Association (V.D.C.A.) is a small organization that provides free education to the underprivileged children of Anlung Pi village who cannot afford the school supplies or monthly fees. Mr Thong, the former Buddhist monk that has built up V.D.C.A from the ground, is doing important work in offering these children a chance for a better future. But as a grassroots organization, V.D.C.A. naturally, depends on the financial support from the more privileged societies.

www.vdca-cambodia.org

www.vqueiroz.com

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