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COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Here at Wat Opot we don't only support our own resident children, we also support children in the community.

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YOUTH IN TRANSITION

A group of past Wat Opot residents meet to share their experiences and discuss the future.

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IN A ROCKET MADE OF ICE

Gail Gutradt was at a crossroads in her life when she learned of the Wat Opot Children’s Community. Begun with just fifty dollars in the pocket of Wayne Dale Matthysse, a former Marine Corps medic in Vietnam, Wat Opot, a temple complex nestled among Cambodia’s verdant rice paddies, was once a haunted scrubland that became a place of healing and respite where children with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS could live outside of fear or judgment, and find a new family—a place that Gutradt calls “a workshop for souls.”

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Changing and Growing

How does an unused piece of land at Wat Opot go from this, to this? It all started a year or so ago when for various reasons, we found ourselves compelled to take in younger kids.  Neglect, abuse, family instability, and sickness were some of the reasons that social services, the Takeo Hospital, and a […]