The flood car

In October we helped pull a car out of the flood zone. We were worried that the car wouldn’t run again but, two weeks later, we got to see it in action! It was worse for wear but able to be driven! The waters had not entirely receded by this point so it was rewarding…

Coronavirus

Given our proximity to China, the single confirmed case in Cambodia and the cruise ship situation, I thought it would be worth updating people on our response to the new novel coronavirus which is spreading across the world.  First, you should know that we are not worried.  Healthcare in Cambodia has improved dramatically in the…

Single Use Plastics Ban

The Khmer Times shared some news this morning that seems too good to be true. Yesterday, the Environment Ministry announced that it is preparing to ban single use plastics in Cambodia. The Thai government announced a similar initiative earlier this week. Biodegradable containers like banana leaf were used in traditional Khmer society. These were thrown…

2019 Drought in Cambodia

In 2009, there was a two week drought during the rainy season that resulted in 5,000 hectares of rice being lost in Prey Veng province. This year, Cambodia is just coming out of a prolonged drought that had the Prime Minister call on farmers to plant rice only once in the dry season. Prime Minister…

Sand Mining on the Mekong

I saw this short video from The Atlantic on sand mining in Cambodia. There was sand mining when I first arrived in Prey Veng province in 2006 but I remember things dramatically increasing in scale from land based pumping or the occasional barge to fleets of barges equipped with cranes. The photos below were taken…