Quite unbelievably, it has been almost two years since I last sipped freshly squeezed sugarcane from a plastic bag and departed from the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Here on the British Isles things are the “same, same, but different” as they say in S.E. Asia, but within myself I’m not the same. Cambodia undoubtedly left a lasting impression on me. The statues of traditional Cambodian dancers, that sit on my bookshelf in inner city Manchester, take me back to the evening classes in the tiny village of Kandieng; of girls putting ...
May 11, 2017Adrian Paschkow
Last Friday we received some great news from Canada or more specifically, the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown. Yes that's right, the good people of Calgary also have a downtown club. They have approved funding for the coming 12 months for our mobile library project operating in 6 state run preschools in the Pursat province. We have been talking about this project over the past 12 months and have done an initial pilot program last year and managed to import close to 150 kgs of books from Australia and Japan to get ...
March 10, 2017Adrian Paschkow
Cambodia, the home of legendary temples, spicy amok, and bamboo just about everything. Its history is rich with the stories of Chinese settlers, Cham invaders, and great battles with the Siamese. You need only visit the temples surrounding Angkor Wat to be transported back to this time and feel the power of the Angkor Empire. However, much of its beauty was sacrificed between 1975 and 1979 when the control of the Khmer Rouge Regime devastated the land and its people. The regime enforced a strictly agrarian policy which induced the evacuation of entire cities to rural settlements and the genocide of all ...
July 22, 2015Lucy Kemp