So, yesterday, Scott and I were actually able to finish up filming all of the various ministry aspects of Remember the Poor. Kinda crazy, I know. I mean, it was only our third day in the country! But, because we are working with some stellar contacts and even better local transportation people, we surely did manage to get everything covered in three days!
We started yesterday kinda early because we wanted to capture footage of some of the sponsored kids getting to school. It rained for a good portion of the day, but we were still able to capture what we needed. It seems the rain would let up enough at just the right time(s) for us to get good stuff. Later that day, we caught an interview with Samy, the young man I mentioned in the last blog and also captured the (relatively new) English language teaching outreach that the dormitory students wanted to start for kids around the neighborhood.
Our final task for the day was to head down to the factories to footage of the workers (primarily women) leaving for the day. There are hundreds of these women and most of them have come to Phnom Penh from their home province for this factory job – that doesn’t pay much, mind you – and have had to leave behind children. They send what little money they can back home to help their families, but what they really want is to be able to live with their children. That is the next need that Remember the Poor hopes to meet. Reuniting these women with their children by providing a way for the children to come to live in Phnom Penh.
Because we were able to finish getting all of the ministry aspects covered yesterday, today we got to head out in to the city and capture photos and video of Phnom Penh as a whole! This will really help to tie the different parts of the video(s) together by allowing people to see more of the city.
Tomorrow, we will actually head to Siem Reap where we will expand our reach and capture footage of Cambodia as a whole. We’re taking a bus to SR which will let us see more of the countryside and get us out of the big city and then, once we’re there, we will visit Angkor Wat (an iconic symbol of Cambodia) and a few of the other surrounding temples! We will take a short, forty minute, flight back to Phnom Penh on Friday morning and then pack up and head back to the airport to leave Cambodia later that afternoon.