Best of this Blog – Savong’s School

It is hard to write about an NGO in Cambodia without, in the end, writing about the people.

It is hard to write about an NGO in Cambodia without, in the end, writing about the people.

One thing about writing a blog – your carefully crafted copy gets discarded mighty quickly. Currency is King. Yet for various reasons some stories have longevity – they hit some button with our readers, or they come up quite often in Google Search.  A few of these stories are simply personal favourites of mine because they reflect the texture and complexity of being involved daily with an NGO in Cambodia – Savong’s School.

So get ready to click. Here are a few favourites in no particular order.

  1. Click here. A case of village justice.
  2. Click here. The boy who was nearly sold.
  3. Click here. Hello K-Pop Princess – goodby old faithful Water Buffalo
  4. Click here. Education under the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot’s new order in the classroom.
  5. Click here. The Electric Village – a reflection on the arrival of electricity to our village of Bakong.
  6. Click here. A guide for volunteer tourists – an ethical compass.
  7. Click here. The hanging-tree. A sudden memory.
  8. Click here. The happy/sad punchline to a pair of maimed feet.
  9. Click here. A journey through time to Kampong Kdei.
  10. Click here. Listen: a clue to social standing and subtle put-downs in Cambodia.
  11. Click here. The pressure of being Savong. Thoughts about the young Director of the NGO.
  12. Click here.  Changes ahead for Cambodian Orphanages
  13. Click here. Here come the Thais. How World War 2 deeply affected Siem Reap.
  14. Click here. And here’s a Cambodian folk tale featuring the wily, wise Judge Rabbit.
  15. Click here. Poverty Porn. It’s not okay.
Savong and the giant mystery chicken. It had me in a state of cultural confusion.

Savong and the giant mystery chicken. It had me in a state of cultural confusion.

Bakong Temple - after 1000 years something new is coming to the district: electricity.

Bakong Temple – after 1000 years something new is coming to the district: electricity.

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