Normally the homeless children here would be sorting through garbage to collect anything of value (cans bottles etc) or selling flowers, blacelets or books to tourists before going home are midnight.
So, come 6:00 Sharon, Nick, and another 3 of their friends, Julian, Jon and his wife, whose name escapes me at the moment, gathered up around 30 homeless children in central Siem Reap with the intention go give them a massive feast of chicken rice, drinks and two barbequed chicken pieces (a leg and wing).
Never have you seen a happier bunch of children at a dinner table! It was so incredible to see how thankful some of the children were! Not only that but what surprised me more was how smart these kids are. These children weren't some of those brain drained 12 year olds we all know who spend 4 hours a day watching television, some, including our little friend Proen (pronounced like "prawn"), could have basic conversation in about 5 languages. These children may have been on the street, but they were definitely getting an education. Very street smart.
Anyway, I don't want to go on about how special this was. I just want to leave you with some pictures and, hopefully soon, a video of the evening I put together. Its so awesome to see people do things like this, when they could easily push aside these children and pretend they are not there.
Just so you know, this dinner cost about USD $200 for 30 children (though it could have been done for about USD $3.50 a child if they only gave chicken rice and one drink). Earlier in the day a saw two American tourists scwabbling whether a bill, for the two of them, was $5, or $5.25.... And the end of this dinner, the children were so thankful, and went on their way sorting through trash and selling their wares.
If you are ever in a place around this world which provides you with an opportunity like this make sure you do it. It was one of the best meals I have ever been too!!
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