A Few Extra Dollars

Cambodia is a country of subsistence farmers, each family eking out a simple living on a small plot of land–and utilizing every opportunity to add a little more to the family income.  Sometimes that is by selling homegrown vegetables in the market, or selling fruit from the trees around the home from a table on the side of the road.  For this family, it means drying some sort of bean or nut or spice on the expanse of pavement in front of their shop selling pumps, compressors, and ice crushing machines.  This is in Phnom Penh city, not a rural province.

Saying Goodbye to Karen

Dee Dungy, Karen Bortvedt, Sr. Mary Little, Sami Scott, Charlie Dittmeier

Maryknoll Lay Missioners work on 3 1/2 year contracts and the end of her contract is approaching for Karen Bortvedt who was assigned to Cambodia and has been working (with great success!) at the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme.  This evening the Maryknoll community along with a few friends of Maryknoll had a little social to officially say goodbye to Karen.  She will be missed!

Maryknoll Visitors

Sam Stanton (L) is the executive director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners.  He and his wife Cecilia are long-term members of Maryknoll Lay Missioners and are taking an extended spiritual renewal that took them to India, Sri Lanka, and now Cambodia.  They arrived in Phnom Penh today and this evening attended our weekend mass at World Vision.  Here they talk with parishioner Tommy Boukhris (blue shirt), Sami Scott, and Russ Brine after mass.

Proof of the Season

I’ve mentioned before that I can only identify some seasons by the fruits that are available.  This vendor has a yellowish fruit just come into season.  I don’t know what it is but it’s something like a guava.  Just for good measure, she is also carrying a box of apples.

Bangkok Trip: Day 1

Every year Maryknoll priests and brothers in South Asia get together.  The March, 2017 meeting is in Bangkok, Thailand.  Click here for pictures of what was a travel day for those attending the meeting. [This photo is a motorcycle wagon full of furniture, pulled up the sidewalk in early morning Phnom Penh, hoping for some sales.]

Topics: Wood #13

Cambodia’s luxury woods end up not only in more common (although unwieldy) furniture such as tables and chairs, but even the odd-shaped stumps and remnants of tree trunks have great value as they are fashioned into all sorts of art objects.  Click here to see some and then scroll down to #11.  (I think this is enough about wood for a while so I’ll move on to other topics.)