In 2001 Partners in Compassion, Cambodia was given permission to construct an HIV and AIDS clinic and hospice on some barren land behind a run down Buddist temple called Wat Oport. We decided to name our project after the Wat but because I did not speak any Khmer and my partner Vandin San spoke only a little English, I did not pick up on the ‘R’ in Oport and so we became known as The Wat Opot Project.
That was nearly 20 years ago and thanks to the support of many people from around the world we have grown into a vibrant community with many buildings and even our own swimming pool.
Several Taiwanese business people have become some of our biggest supporters and keep coming up with ideas for things they think we are lacking. One idea was to build two apartments, one for me and the other for Vandin. I told them it was not necessary but they insisted that it was because Vandin has been sleeping in his office on overnight stays and I live in a single room of the volunteer dorm, without my own bathroom… and so the work has begun to build a two-story apartment just across the pond by the volunteer dorm..
The other idea was to build a large outdoor sports facility with a stage. The building we are now using for our nightly meditations and weekly Yoga sessions is too small for everyone to participate comfortably and when we have large celebrations, which we do on occasions, there is no protection for the participants, from the Sun or sudden downpour. The building will occupy the space between the Volunteer dorm and the boy’s dorm. A new well and water filtration system will complete this phase of construction.
This will most likely be the final stage of our building program. Now to concentrate on our programs and making good use of all of the spaces we now have. We will keep you posted.
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