offerings to the small lost souls..

This post is about Merenang Kang Veal, the memorials and offerings to those who've passed into the next life while still very young (from the aborted to the stillborn to those who died at a very young age). The relationship with nature and all living things whether still on earth or physically gone is still very tangible and real in Asia and the Khmer's Buddhist tradition. These shrines and offerings are an effort by those still alive to pay respects and appease the wandering and lost spirits. Notice the toys and miniature clothes, food and water given as offerings. We're doing some research into these to find out more about them. Stay tuned! … [Read more...]

Faces: why we’re here

Boy and grandmother, courtesy NGO GRET.This is a family in Kampong Thom who has purchased community health insurance. They are categorised by programmers as "near poor". Health financing efforts are aimed at those below the poverty line and also those just above it who are at risk of a financially catastrophic event. Photo courtesy NGO GRET.Khmer kids from the boat communities just across the Tonle. Their desperately poor communities can be seen from the Royal Palace riverfront.One of the hospitals in the capital city of Phnom Penh, where there is a Safe Motherhood Programme being implemented. Cambodia's very high Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of 472/100,000 did not improve between 2000 and 2005 despite millions in aid money and technical … [Read more...]