We saw many street kids in Siem Reap. They were no different from the street children and child labours we met in India.
Many of these kids quit school and help their family to earn money on the street.
There were no shortage of luxury cars like Lexus, Benz, Camry, on the road, but these people were out number by the street kids.
Many kids have become the victims of tourism.
Due to the civil war, there are large number of orphans in Cambodia. Luckily there are few charity projects in place to help these kids to learn heritage skills to be independence on day. I met this 16 year old kid at a workshop. The piece of rock carving will be sold at USD5,000, and hopefully all the fund will be used to finance the operation and the teaching.
May be it was due to malnutrition, the kid looked like 10-12 years old to me.
It was a good deeds to have workshops like this to teach street kids and orphans money making skills like dancing, weaving, carving, cooking and foreign languages.
There were plenty of ‘mature’ kids who learn to take up responsibility to help household chores and to look after younger siblings.
Despite the shortage of material wealth, the kids could fine simple happiness with small little things, like catching fish or chasing dogs. In many richer country, kids were spoilt with gadgets and toys. They will throw away iPad2 when iPad3 comes to the market.
I hope to see Cambodia remains peaceful and have growing economy. More kids can finish higher education.
Best wishes to all the street kids.