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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 […]

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Will it end? How will it end?

Update on 28 December, 2017. Srey Kah is at yet another crossroads in her life, though we hope this one is going to lead to lasting good health. Since returning from the hospital she has thrived, and now weighs 8.2 kilograms, matched by a newly bouncy disposition. The only reminder that her immune system remains in […]

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2017-2018 School Year

School started this year 1st of November and then they promptly had a 4 day Water Festival Holiday…so the official first day of school was on the 6th.  All dressed up in their new clothes and sporting new shoes and backpacks, they were off! Our former preschoolers all ready for this big change! Who could […]

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Inadvertently in the News

This week Wat Opot found ourselves in the news – and unfortunately not for the right reasons. On Wednesday, we woke to a series of emails from concerned friends and supporters alerting us to the fact that ABC Radio in Australia had broadcast a piece which contained some biting criticisms of orphanages and voluntourism. Not […]

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Wat Opot is running on Solar Power!

The very first email discussing the possibility of bringing solar to Wat Opot was on 22 Dec. 2015, and exactly 1 year, 8 months and 9 days later we are up and running.  Countless hours were spent emailing back and forth between multiple countries, organizations and participants.  Over 330 emails were sent with the longest […]

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Behind the smiles

We post often about all the wonderful things going on at Wat Opot. We post often about all the projects, the games, the events that take place. Posts that show the smiles, the joy, the laughter. Posts that reflect the time and energy put into our children’s future. What we don’t post often about is […]

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Is That Toto?

Recently the skies turned black and rain began to fall… that is not unusual here in Cambodia, even though it is a bit early for the rainy season. The wind also started to blow, like it usually does, but instead of blowing itself out in the first few minutes of the storm, it picked up […]

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A Weekend Away

Thanks to Mr. Sunny and a group of his Taiwanese business friends, we were able to take all of the 25 children, who were not able to visit relatives this Khmer New Year, to Phnom Penh for a weekend of fun, food, and games. We started at Kids City where there were many interesting (and […]

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The Transcultural Art Project

Anna Bergen, Jil Beyer and Monja Gillich are studying art therapy and pedagogy from the college for art in society in Ottersberg, Germany. Together they planned the Transcultural Art Project, which aims to examine the potential of artistic work in children’s homes in 2 different countries: “Haus Ivalo GmbH” in Germany and the Wat Opot Community […]