By Kathryn Baldacchino
Here is the story of how this
And then became this
Based in Takhmao, which is just a short while out of the city Phnom Penh, but is pretty rural, Yodifee has its headquarters - Villa Maria. Here they house some youth who for whatever reasons cannot remain at home if they want to pursue their studies and careers. Some have lost their family, others live too far away from a school and in wheelchairs would never manage to travel the distance, others have families who are too poor to support them. When possible, Yodifee also supports youth to remain with their families in their own villages - by providing financial or material support.
|The high-school group living at Villa Maria when we volunteered there|
|Two of the high-school students|
|One of the youth who was trained to repair televisions, and now has his own business.|
With this in mind, he procurred a plot of land in Kampot and commenced planning to create a medical center. Alexandra White and others in Australia fund-raised to help make this building a reality.
|The beginning of structures|
|The beginnings of some building work|
|Nimul (third from left) and the others involved in developing this land|
And finally, the medical center was completed. Here it stands in all its glory:
Amplify has endeavoured to continue supporting this center and the other work of Yodifee since this time. For example, Amplify has recently purchased a tuk-tuk to help students commute to school. Amplify maintains close interaction with Yodifee to try to support its needs.