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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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New Pool Toys!

More than a year ago, we were given these balloon bags by the founders of Thomas’ House, Gaye and Roy McPhee, along with some other items.  I had put the bags in a very secure place in our store room…so secure that I promptly forgot about them! While doing some necessary ‘spring cleaning’ I came […]

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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.”