Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Beneath the line...

The Gross National Product in Cambodia has been estimated to be about US$1266 per year. The percentage of the population living beneath the poverty line was about 35% (2004 estimates). As may be expected, this is worse in rural areas compared to urban centres. Current figures are probably much improved because there has been so much development and economic growth in recent times, but it is still very bad in the villages.

This house where Adrian (NTU student with Project L.O.V.E.) is helping to install a new zinc roof 'belongs' to a gardener who works for Khmer Village Homestay. He earns only US$15 per month and can't afford to own any land, so Ps Savann has let him use a corner of his own land. He had constructed a small hut to house his family but the palm leaf thatched roof has since fallen apart.

This is how many families live in rural Cambodia.

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