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CURRENT PROJECTS

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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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LATEST BLOG POST

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Cement Planters

With all staff (except for Dara, Wayne, and I) off for 5 days during the Khmer New Year holiday we had a lot of time to fill with keeping the kids busy.  So with my new obsession with flowers and plants in mind, the kids tried their hand at making small ‘cement towel’ planters.  This […]

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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.”