Cambodia is rich in unique travel experiences. We took in many of them as we made our way across the country.
Though the economy is growing at 5% yearly, Cambodia is still struggling to survive from decades of war and the genocide by the Khmer Rouge in which 20% of the population died. Today 50% of the government’s budget comes from donor assistance. The government is corrupt and health care and education are poor.
Cambodia is second only to Rwanda in number of NGOs per capita. Bob and I saw and visited many of these efforts. It was humbling to see charitable hospitals and clinics staffed and led by bright and selfless Americans who live in Cambodia, often with their spouse and children. They seem surprised when I ask why they are here. Saving lives, reducing suffering and delivering desperately needed medical care must be rewarding, but still….
Next time I curse when TIVO doesn’t record a new episode of “The Good Wife”, I’ll have a lot to think about.