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

Monday, April 4, 2011

Phum Ley - an update

We entered Phum Ley in 2009, impressed by the relative orderliness and commitment of the village to the idea of a school. Two years later, we have not been disappointed. The school compound remains neat and clean, with newly constructed flower beds. The Beng tree we planted to commemorate the opening of the school didn't look too healthy though, but the school was healthy enough.

We met up with the headman. He didn't look that great. Suffering from an indeterminate heart condition, he look rather puffy. But he remained well enough to show us around and to meet with the NUS team.

On this trip, I had brought a pair of NUS academics, Dr Wong Chia Siong and Dr Liz Alderman. The idea was to explore the possibility that the NUS Department of Environment and Public Health could help us generate some proper data on health and nutrition in a model village such as Phum Ley. With some proper data, we can be a bit more systematic in our assistance of the village.

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