We gave up our jobs in the summer of 2012 to commit to two years working for an NGO based in Phnom Penh. I was an Assistant Section Manager with Waitrose at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight and my wife had three part time jobs doing accounts admin and office work with our local Church, Youth For Christ and Urban Saints. These were jobs that we thoroughly enjoyed but we both had a feeling ,and a calling, that there was more to life than what we were doing….so we packed it all in to travel 7,500 miles and work with those who live in the slums of Phnom Penh and try and give something back to those who have not been so fortunate in life as us. Exactly what we will be doing we are not too sure yet-we are just willing helpers. We have five children. The youngest two have come with us as they still need to go to school. The other three all had the option to come as well but chose to stay. We have kept our lovely big house and our lovely big mortgage and are literally doing this on a wing and a prayer, and so far it has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life –I have fallen in love with Cambodia and its people. There is such a need out here in many respects yet the people do not seem to moan about their circumstances. In the very short time that I have been out here I have been blessed to be able to, in some small way, help others. After these two years we have no jobs to go back to and would have used all our savings to support ourselves, so we are either completely foolish or completely trusting in God…
After just one year my wife and son have decided to stay at home in England and I have returned with my youngest daughter who will complete the second year of her GCSE’s, and I will find another NGO to work for.
I have now started working for an organisation based in Phnom Penh called Daughters of Cambodia where I help out with the retail side of things and am responsible for intercessory prayer. Daughters was established in 2007 and gives hope and opportunities to girls, and boys who are looking to escape from the sex trade here in Phnom Penh. Please visit http://daughtersofcambodia.org/ to find out more about this organisation and the work that it does.
I will be leaving Phnom Penh on 24th June to return to the Isle of Wight. My time in Cambodia has ( for now ) come to an end. I have no job to go home to but look forward to seeing what lies ahead !! Thanks for following me on this journey,…I have been amazed at what God has shown me and how He has led me 🙂
Soon after returning to the Isle of Wight I was offered a job back at Waitrose where I worked for nearly one year. I left to start a business called Victor Laszlo which provides work for former sex workers from the slums of Phnom Penh. They make ladies fashion bags along with Man Bags and eco friendly, recyclable rice bags. Please take a look at the link below. The more bags sold the more secure their employment will be and we can hopefully employ more women who are unable to help themselves….. Thank you.
I have now started a charity that gives people the opportunity to sponsor a child from the slums of Phnom Penh to go to a good school, get a good education and therefor move on in life and out of the slums. Please see Helping Hand