Sokha and Channy are still housed at V.I.C. we visit them twice a week and still give them money for food, supply Sokha with diapers and any other incidentals. Progress for Sokha is slow but she is trying so hard to improve her situation, Channy has learnt how to help her with her exercises. Sokha has gained slight movement in her right hand side, her main problem still is dizziness when she sits upright. The longest she has been able to sit in the wheelchair is about one hour. She may go home in a week with a borrowed wheelchair until hers is ready.
The three year old burn victim boy is still in Hospital, the main reason being his neck has not fully healed and is still weeping as well he has an infection on top of his right shoulder. He is in good spirits, and can walk around the Hospital, we are still giving them money for food etc.
Last Sunday on the Village trip we encountered a very distressing situation. We arrived at a grass hut to find a mother with 2 week old twin boys, she was weeping and being comforted by local village women, she is struggling to breast feed the two babies and wondering what to do with them.
In the next hut was another young mother with an eight day old baby girl. She told our interpreters “don’t worry about me I’m OK, please help the lady with the twins next door”. We gave her a baby kit donated by Leanne.
Back with the twins mother, we learnt that her partner had deserted the family. They had been staying with relatives but the relatives could no longer afford to keep them so they had to leave. They moved into this unoccupied grass hut, they have no money, no food, no work and no property and 2 babies they can’t feed properly. We had to refuse when she asked us to take her twin babies as this is against our policy. We told her CHOICE will help them and gave some supplies to keep them going until we could return.
Two days later we returned with a 50kg. bag of rice, 2 tins of baby formulae milk, safe drinking water to mix with the baby milk powder, mosquito net cover for the babies, adult clothing, baby clothes and kits containing bibs, mittens, bottles, booties etc. donated by Leanne. Also baby blankets etc. that were donated by Natalie and a few other items.
We established there are 6 in this family, Grandma, and the mother with the twin babies has two other young sons.
Can you sponsor this desperate family, CHOICE will continue to support the family in every way we can until a sponsor comes along.
UPDATE: We now have 2 sponsors for this family, you can see their names etc. on the page “Major Choice Supporters”
Today 21st July CHOICE went to all the Villages with khmer P.S.I. staff for final talks with the Village women re Birth Control. Somewhere between 30-40 women want to take advantage of this. The implant/injection lasting around 5 years seems to be the most popular. The final stage of this depends on PSI but we are hoping to have the implants placed soon. CHOICE are paying for the cost of transport to bring the women into the clinic as well as the cost of the procedure.
Our nurse Kunthea and the other volunteers also gave out worming tablets and safe drinking water to 55 children in the middle village.
Also today we brought a sick young girl and her auntie back to Phnom Penh with us for blood tests, the girls mother and father have passed away. We gave her some new clothes and her auntie gave her a good clean up. We will pay for their accommodation and food while we wait for the results, and any treatment which may be required, then we will take them back to the Village. Thanks today to Sandi, Bill, PSI and all the others in the past that have helped us with these projects.
Finally we would like to report that we have started on the building in the furthest Village, the foundation pillars are in. (see photo) This is a 4mx6m building to be used for education, temple and community events.
UPDATE: The authorities have made us pull down the school building mentioned above, hopefully they will not stop our teachers from teaching Khmer to the children.