Out of the Office

“Out of the office” can have a different meaning from usual for Prak Soeun, the DDP Program Manager. Our new office building has a nice second-floor porch and Soeun often uses it, instead of his office, when he is working his way through piles of papers.

Protecting the Children—2

This morning Chanthea (C) was to visit several of the sites connected with the Job Training Project which Caritas Australia funds. Before they started off, he met with Lika (L), our child protection compliance officer, and Sokly.
In the afternoon, Chanthea and Sokly drove to Kandal Province to visit Ratanak, a DDP-trained barber. Two years ago Caritas Australia featured Ratanak in a video they used for education and fund-raising in Australia. Chanthea took advantage of the visit to get his hair cut. Ratanak is a real success story.

Protecting the Children

(L-R:) Nou Chanthea, Keat Sokly, Lika, Prak Soeun, Russ Brine

In today’s world, all international donors are very concerned about the child protection policies of the partner organizations that receive their money. DDP’s donors are no exception, and today Nou Chanthea (L), the representative from Caritas Australia, met with DDP management to discuss new forms and new requirements established by the government of Australia which gives money to Caritas which gives it to us. Caritas Australia is especially careful concerning child protection but so is Maryknoll Cambodia so today Chanthea just explained the new form we will need for reporting at the end of the year.

Rest Stop….I’ll pass

I had to return by myself to Phnom Penh from the DDP annual staff meeting rather than with the group. I took a bus service and we made a stop halfway through the trip. Each company has an arrangement with the restaurant or shop where they stop, to allow the drivers to eat for free, etc.

The place where our bus stopped for a rest break was a real dive. It is out in the middle of nowhere and has nothing attractive. It was late evening when we arrived and the bus driver left the headlights on to shine into the eating area so we could see. (The picture looks lighter but it was really dark inside.
Most such rest stops allow passengers to choose food from a menu, to be cooked on the spot. This place had five or six large pots of food probably cooked early in the morning.
This is the little “convenience store” which all these places have. It was stacked with trash and covered with a layer of dust. The toilets were to the left of this shack and were unlit and absolutely dark when we were there.
There was no selection in this “store” that would entice anyone. Everything there looked like it had been there for months. I had some cookies with me so I just bought a Coke from the orange coolers on the left, figuring that would be safe.

Collage (second attempt)

Yesterday I experimented with a collage of small mug shots of DDP staff. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted so I tried again today with another software. This one isn’t perfect but it’s better than yesterday’s attempt.

Deaf Day at DDP

Part of our celebration of International Deaf Week is our own Deaf Day activity at the DDP office grounds. We put up some tents for protection against sun and rain and our staff prepares a variety of activities for deaf people from all over. Click here to see some of the goings-on for the day.