CAMBODIA

Table of Contents – On This Page …
– Harvest Cambodia “Ten” Campaign
– Cambodia Photo Adventure Tours
– Cambodia National Rescue Party – Political Protest Rally

Harvest Cambodia “Ten” Campaign

In December 2012 we traveled to Cambodia to document the work of a village school located about 45 minutes outside Siem Reap.

The school provides a free English education to nearly 700 kids every day. But, like many small non-profits the donations were sporadic and inconsistent.

This is the story of what we decided to do about it.

Harvest Cambodia – “TEN” Campaign Launch Video from Matt E on Vimeo.

Cambodia Photo Adventure Tours

As a creative way to continue supporting Harvest Cambodia and Stepping Stones School, we launched our Cambodia Photo Adventure Tours.

Doug and So are our tour guides, and the bulk of the tour fees go to support their great work in Cambodia.

Cambodia Photo Adventure Tour – Promo Video from Matt E on Vimeo.












Cambodia National Rescue Party – Political Protest Rally

On the 10th of December 2013, we attended a political protest rally on the outskirts of Siem Reap. These are just a few of the photos we took to document the events we found ourselves immersed in.

The rally was lead by Sam Rainsy (bottom left), the leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who has recently returned from a four year exile.

The people were protesting the suspect outcome of the July 2013 elections in which Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose authoritarian rule has lasted close to 30 years, has been accused of widespread cheating and election fraud. The opposition said it would have won if the election was fair.

US-based Human Rights Watch has been quoted as saying that Hun Sen is “no longer interested in even the pretence of democracy” in Cambodia.

Thousands of Khmers came from all over to have their voices heard. Some that we spoke to had traveled for more than 2 hours on push-bikes to attend the rally.

Rallies and protests like this are becoming more common as a new generation of Cambodians reach voting age and refuse to be intimidated by the fear tactics of the ruling party.

Sadly, this unfolding story in Cambodia isn’t very well represented in the popular media. Instead, we mostly see the latest ridiculous antics of Miley Cyrus. It’s curious to ponder whether that’s really the media’s doing, or is it actually just our own interests being reflected back at us?

It was also International Human Rights Day. The timing of the rally was fitting given what the Cambodian people have been through in the past, and continue to deal with to this day.

We want to extend to the gracious Khmer people a blessing that they so often give to us … “We wish you good luck. Good luck to you. Good luck to your families.”