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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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Orphanage Facts

There has been a lot of negative discussion about orphanages and children’s communities recently, especially those here in Cambodia. Some of the negativity is deserved… but for many of the programs it is not. It takes a special calling to work with children and fortunately there are many people who answer that call all around […]