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Solidarity works two ways: Vathanak

When we hired Vathanak (22) to be our assistent / translator, the first thing he told us was that he lived with his grandmother (66), while he is studying here. His parents and older brother live in the province, and work as government employees there.We assumed then that he lived with her to take care […] Continue reading →

Loneliness: missing my children

One of the main answers we get when we ask elderly around Cambodia about loneliness is that they miss their children. The one thing we encounter in all houses, poor and rich, and at the houses that we can barely call a house were photos of their children, and often their late husband (or wife). […] Continue reading →

Tara

This is Tara (70++). She lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a Christian in a Muslim dominated world. Her husband died 6 years ago and she is so lonely now that she is afraid of loosing her speech. Her younger neighbor Oroni (20) remembers her from her childhood as somebody that played with them, putting candles […] Continue reading →

Reciprocity: taking care for each other

Taking care for someone contains a world of images, experiences of stories for everyone around the world. Some people have negative connotations, others positive. We have found that the meaning of taking care for each other is a very important difference between countries, especially between our country of origin, The Netherlands and the Kingdom of […] Continue reading →

Visit to the Pagoda

This morning 5 AM we woke up to go to the Pagoda Wat Sampeou Meas, were we meet Sociology professor Sina at 5.30 AM. In the dark, it is an impressive sight to see the temple in lights, people in white blouses streaming towards the temple, flowers bought from the stall before the entrance and […] Continue reading →