First He Had Shingles Now He Is A Burn Victim

Our Medical team was presented with this very sick little boy in the Village on Sunday 5th June. He has been treated with antibiotics and we will visit and monitor his progress regularly and hope he gets a full recovery in a couple of months. He has a severe case of shingles and a staff infection. His family are too poor to visit a Doctor so it was left to us to help.
The third picture above, was taken last Sunday 19th June 2011 and you can see how the antiboiotics have cleared up the boys infection. He is the son of the Teacher we now employ at the last Village.
Last night the 23rd June, there was a terrible accident in their Village hut and the same young boy pulled a tub of boiling water over himself, he is in a lot of pain. This poor little 3yo. has had so much bad luck, fortunately it was pay day last Sunday for the Teacher, so they had money to bring the boy in to Kuntha Bopha Childrens Hospital last night. We are giving the family whatever assistance they need, today we took over milk and fruit juice as the boy has difficulty eating solid food. ( Below are pictures of the boy in bandages in the Hospital.)
The 3 year old boy who suffered burns over most of his body is now a lot happier. Most of his pain has gone away, he was burnt a little over 2 weeks ago. We continue to monitor the situation with regular visits, and we support the boy and the family with any reasonable requests. Latest pictures below. As at the 20th July the boy is still in Hospital, the reasson being the skin tissue on his neck has not healed enough yet and is still weeping. We continue to supply money for food for the family.
Many Village women have asked if we can help with some birth control measures.  So we have contacted PSI (Population Services International) who will formally advise and provide and CHOICE will cover the costs. Choice have also shown PSI brochures to the women, written in Khmer. We are now conducting surveys in the Villages to ascertain the prefered method of birth control and the total numbers of women requiring the procedure. 

Recent News

Sokha and her family are slowly recovering after the tragic accident in which Sokha broke her neck in two places.

Shown top left is Leanne Balkin presenting Channy with education material in an attempt to keep him up to date with his school work until he can resume. Items given included books, calculator, pencils etc. We are supplying Sokha and her family on a regular basis with rice and fruit and vegetables, other essentials such as soap and toothpaste, plus medical aid and Multi-Vitamins for Sokha.

On a recent trip to visit the family we were accompanied by Ad & Monique Schoonen and their foster daughter Lyn pictured top center. Deeply effected by what they saw they have decided to sponsor the the family by donating $100 per month through CHOICE. This is great news for all concerned, as well CHOICE have been seeking support from other organizations for help. We went to Veterans International Cambodia and met with the manager Rithy Keo, he agreed to help. He sent the V.I.C. technical team to assess Sokha and her prognosis is good, they will now help her to rehabilitate her. So CHOICE have taken Sokha and Channy to the V.I.C. center where they will live in while physiotherapy is carried out. We will continue with visits every 2 – 3 days and give Sokha and Channy money for food and any other support needed. Pictured below on the 21st June, is the journey back to C.S.C. for a medical check by Dr. Jim  and then to V.I.C. for the physiotherapy.

On recent village trips we have delivered over 550 clothing items from baby wear through to adult sizes. Many people have donated the clothes including Wan, Christy & friends of V Hair & Beauty Maroochydore Qld. Leanne Balkin, Chris Dickeson, both Aussies, Sandra and Lisa from Hong Kong, Melanie Edelson and a few others, many thanks to you all.


Again thanks to Leanne Balkin, Dylane Hubbard, Sarah Crook and West Coast Coaching girls soccer team the “Wildcats” from the US for their help in setting up and/or financing the two education centers in 2 of the Villages. There are over 100 children now receiving full time education in Khmer, see the photos of the two classes.