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One person’s trash…

I was in a cleaning mood.  With such a large family, things end up shoved here or there awaiting a permanent home which many times should be the trash, but there is always that feeling “you never know…” When going through the kids cafe and kitchen, I found a large bag of mismatched containers, lids […]

A Day Out

The children have not been off the grounds for some time because of the Pandemic. There have not been many cases here but the schools are all still closed and we have been home-schooling them four hours every day, six days a week. For that reason, we wanted to take them out for a day, […]

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Sunday is Funday!

Sundays are a free day; a day in which there are no scheduled classes or activities.  If you were to visit, you would see the high schoolers and young teens lounging around in their rooms or watching TV, more than likely in a trance staring at their phones. While the zombie apocolipse is happening in […]

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Visitors who we do not allow to stay

Over the years a few very large snakes have found their way onto our property. This is not such a surprise since our property is quite large and we have natural areas and ponds where they can live quite comfortably feasting on rats and other rodents.   They only become a problem when they decide […]

WE ARE STILL HERE

Hello everyone,Like most people around the World, we have been laying low because of the Corona Virus. Fortunately for us, however, we have several acres of land to move around on and so we really don’t have anything to complain about. In fact, with the exception of those children returning to us from home visits […]

Memories

May the memories you are making today be as memorable as the memories you made in the past. This is one of the first videos ever made on Wat Opot and it not only contains many, many memories for us but is also a very good source for those interested in our history.

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Life goes on

As the world continues on in turmoil.  The day to day life a Wat Opot child leads is somewhat simplistic.  Besides being ‘home schooled’ and having about 20 of their fellow Watopotians still staying with their relatives, times are not much different than usual. One such example is our Sunday ‘free day’.  ‘Free’ meaning no […]

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Uncertain times.

It’s a bit lonely at Wat Opot these days.  Usually the kids go to visit their families the first of April to celebrate the weeks long Khmer New Year Holiday, but with schools closed because of the Corona Virus outbreak, we started arranging for them to leave early. After loading up and lots of good-bye […]

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PITFALLS OF FOSTER CARE

Lots of children pass through our program … some more vulnerable than others. Many of them stay for months or years, while others leave when they become adults. A few stay only for a short time and then return home, not necessarily because the conditions that brought them to us have changed, but because a […]