Orphanage Tourism

Did you know that most children in orphanages aren't really orphans? According to research done by Research by UNICEF up to 75% of children kept in orphanages in Cambodia and Nepal are not even orphans. Many of the children come from poor rural families and are trafficked into orphanages because their parents feel this will give …

Rebuilding/Monochrome #writephoto

It stood there, a monochrome structure, unusual in appearance as tourists and curiosity seekers descended upon its immaculate grounds like a swarm of locusts.  They came every year to see if it would cave in.  The owners of the property were determined that it never would.  As long as it remained standing, the money would …

Chantrea’s Crusade

"Thanks for doing this interview, Chantrea. It can’t be easy for you." They were sitting by the lake just steps from the organization where the Cambodian woman worked as a social worker. Chantrea smiled slightly. She had sad eyes and although she was in her late thirties, she looked much older which wasn't surprising, considering …

The Widow

Woman, widow, mother, poor, invisible, substandard. Unloved, neglected, shamed. Blamed for her husband's death.  Alienated by his family.  Believed to be cursed.   Life for a widow in her society is tough, unsympathetic and unbearable.  Suicide seemed to be the only relief and release from the pain but God had other plans.  He sent three female …

Joey’s Blanket

She saw him huddled in the corner He was covered in newspapers Trying to keep warm He had old, worn cap on his head. She glanced at the box of donations She was carrying to the homeless shelter She set the box on the bonnet of her car and opened it She searched for the …

Pray for Rain

  Please pray for rain to fall in Fort McMurray, Alberta to put out the fire that has destroyed homes and devastated lives.  There is the heartbreaking story of a firefighter who lost his teenage daughter in a crash.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.   Another story had a happy ending.  A wedding dress was …

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