DREAMING: THE STORY OF LAUGH
At Love146, we love hearing dreams and ideas. I’m not sure anything inspires us more than seeing people being creative as they tackle injustice.
A few months ago I was at a program in Manila. I was there to teach about the vulnerabilities of sexually exploited children to a group of senior Asian leaders who hadn’t been exposed to the issue of trafficking. I thought it would helpful for them to see the issue firsthand.
One hundred years ago in Cambodia
One hundred years ago in Cambodia most families kept together in extended groups. Boys would learn farming from their fathers. Girls would also learn to help out on the farm but would learn child-care from their mothers and quickly become responsible at keeping the house and finances in order.
A Mother Returning Home, Bearing Chocolate
Today is my third day visiting our prevention programme in Moldova. I was especially keen to get out of the capital city Chisinau and see the rural villages. It was not that there isn’t enough to do in the city, but I was glad to balance all of our meetings about the programme with some face to face time with those most at risk.
Boy Masseurs In Mumbai
Yesterday I went out with Jasmir who is heading up our project in Mumbai with masseur boys (a euphemism for sex workers). We went to the place where the boys hang out waiting for customers and it was clear that Jasmir has a great relationship with them.
Visiting tourist bars
I have recently been going out with a friend called Michael to visit the tourist bars here in Phnom Penh.
My wife Siobhan is 50 years old this year and I am 48 years. When we tell Cambodians they think it is terribly funny.
A Solution for Christmas Guilt
At Christmas we can feel so guilty about all the poverty and war and pain in the world whilst we sit and eat our turkey. But guilt rarely motivates people to act so I want to tell you a story about some children…
An Incredible Hope
Two organizations working with sex tourists and pimps who believe that change is possible for the worst pimp or perpetuator.
I have been back in Cambodia for 3 months and one of the most disturbing things have heard about was about the situation with youth leaving orphanages in Cambodia. There are more than 200 orphanages in Cambodia that have often been set up by well meaning people (including many expatriates) who just wanted to “do something.”
Is there a place for expatriate workers in the developing world?
I am well aware that the locals understand the context far better than me. Believe me, it sometimes feels very uncomfortable. So what is the added on value me being based in the region?