A 4 year old boy fell into the water in the middle Village and drowned on Tuesday late afternoon. Unfortunately no one noticed until it was too late.
CHOICE was represented at the funeral on Wednesday and donated $100 to the family to help with the funeral arrangements.
The boy was cremated on the roadside near his hut after the ceremony, very sad villagers arrived from the neighbouring areas.
Please understand that these pictures are only intended to let past visitors and supporters, who may know the child, about this tragic accident. These extremely poor people still follow the Khmer ceremonial practise albeit in a very simple way.
We decided to revisit the baby girl that Rudi helped deliver last week. We brought along some new baby clothes to give her, donated by Jayne Turton. Among our volunteers was a nurse, Jackie from the UK. When we got to the hut it was empty, Mum and family had moved up to a relatives hut as the mother was very sick and baby not well either. We decided to bring Mum and the baby back to P/Penh with us for treatment. Jackie has been volunteering in a clinic here for a month, so we decided to take them to that clinic. An ultra scan showed infection in the breast area so an antibiotic course has been initiated. Both Mum and baby were kept overnight and monitored, both much improved in the morning they were taken back to the Village by Ratana the Khmer helper for CHOICE. The volunteers were great, they provided the food for Mum, Jackie personally paid for the costs involved with the clinic’s medicine and treatment. It is rewarding for us at CHOICE when we have the support from visiting volunteers like this, where there is a real need. The bracelet making and drawing program was great, the kids loved it as they don’t often get to do this. Thanks to all the volunteers on this day you were all great.
The black charcoal cross on the babies forehead is to scare away the evil spirits that want to take the baby away.
Rudi had just finished the medical clinic in the furthest Village when we were made aware of a women ready to give birth. Rudi went into the hut ready with his birthing kit, just at the last minute the midwife turned up. A relieved Rudi helped the midwife with the delivery of a baby girl.