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Great things in store for 2011

The recycled rice bag products we are offering have been met with great enthusiasm.

The bags are made by the Daughters of Cambodia, a group that rescues girls (and boys) from the sex business in Phnom Penh.  All the proceeds will go back to the Daughters of Cambodia.

The items will be on sale at two upcoming events:

A reception at Chapter One: the modern local.  A restaurant scheduled to open next month at 227 N. Broadway in Santa Ana's Artist Village area. Jeff  Hall and his partners will sell Kampot pepper and Chef Oge Dalken will incorporate it in some of his recipes. (

Then Chef Haley Nguyen will conduct a cooking demonstration featuring Kampot pepper at her Xanh Bistro, 16161 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley.  Haley teaches Culinary Arts at Cypress and Saddleback colleges in addition to running a great restaurant with very innovative dishes.

Details to both events should be coming soon.  Stay tuned.




A truly incredible day

Monday, November 15, 2010

Today, I plan to take a walk to the beach and the crab market and still replaying the details of yesterday.

Phary has been incredible. He was so jazzed when we were distributing all the backpacks to the kids yesterday. It was amazing.

And having the doctor come in to the clinic on his day off…on a scooter…was so grateful for everything. He looked at each item, said something to his assistant in Khmer and went on to the next item. He said, "people in the city have money. They don't have money out here and can't afford things like this."

That was truly one of the most incredible days of my life.


Words can't describe what I'm feeling

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Phary and I went out to visit the families in the salt fields today to deliver all the goodies. The photos of the kids we printed out from our last trip were a huge hit. They loved them. And they were all thrilled with the backpacks…they put them on immediately. Phary explained to them what all the stuff was. (There were liquid bubbles, matchbox cars, colored pencils and crayons, activity books and construction paper, barrettes, hair scrunchies, toothbrushes and beach ball globes for them to blow up.)

We lined them up for Julie's photo, each holding a paper with different letter printed out to spell "THANK YOU MHS"…it may be a little scrambled but the nurses can figure it out! The little ones kept running around, then they kept the letters, clutching each one…incredible…a million great photos. They said, "when you come back next year, bring more photos."

We had to leave them to go to the rural health clinic in Kampong Trach to deliver the few medical supplies that we had gathered. I had tears in my eyes all the way there. This has been a very emotional time…in a good way.

We arrived at the clinic and because it's Sunday, they called the doctor to come in. He was the same doctor we met back in April who spoke with Julie. He was thrilled at what we brought. He examined every item, his assistant got me a chair, brought out a fan and cut open a coconut for both me and Phary. They were deeply appreciative. They showed me around the hospital and I got some good photos. Same sad stories, different patients.

This is a very brief account of my day. I guess words don't really describe it…like nothing I have ever experienced.