I was going through some 2011 photos today and found this rainy day shot of Buntheourn. He is now an auto-mechanic but at the time, two and half years ago was still at high school.
Buntheourn has always been modest, helpful – everyone’s idea of the perfect son. Today he is on the brink of being an independent adult, but he remains much loved by the younger children at Savong’s children’s home: the SOC. It made me very happy to speak to him briefly on Christmas day and to learn that he was going to the big party out there.
That brief conversation made me realise how supporters and sponsors of the SOC students will forever have a bond with adult citizens of Cambodia: people we come to know first as students, and then to form bonds as adults, even simple bonds through Skype or Facebook.