CSW-MERCY Orphanage Update – June 23rd

Greetings from Phnom Penh and the CSW-MERCY Orphanage.

It has been an action-packed first few days:

The team arrived Thursday after midnight.  All of us headed back to the airport the next night to greet the Kernans who arrived at 1:00am!!

With little sleep all of us woke early Saturday to visit S-21, the high school converted into a prison during the ruthless Pol Pot regime.  It is estimated 12-20,000 people, most of them the Cambodian intelligentsia, were tortured here before being sent to the Killing Fields to be exterminated.  From 1975-1979 close to 2 million of the 8 million Cambodians met their deaths in Killing Fields spread across Cambodia.

It was a long, sobering day to see firsthand what man can do to man. It is important to understand the history of the country to understand the people of today.

The list of commands given to the prisoners before being interrogated and tortured (note #6)

The classrooms were converted into small prison cells.

This photo is one of many in the museums in S-21 and the nearby Killing Fields that captures the extent of the atrocities committed against their own people.

The next day we visited the orphanage to meet the kids, who come from poor and broken families, and see the orphanage grounds. The bedroom project is coming to a close.

The ping pong table is already set up!  The kids are just waiting for the Game Room/Auditorium to be completed!!

Blady is getting a feel for the new auditorium!

Yna (right) who received her nursing degree in the Philippines, was looking forward to meeting the kids at the orphanage. She has expressed her desire to help Srey Nich (in grey), the big sister in the orphanage, in her role as the orphanage nurse. Srey Win is fired up about the news, as well as having the opportunity to meet all her new friends.

So good to see our dear friends, Tim and Lianne. We took a few moments from the busy schedule to play on the orphanage swing set!!

Please keep all of us in your prayers. You remain in ours.

Much love,

Nick and Denise

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