CCT Tour with Buffalo
16.01.2011 - 16.01.2011
Buffalo collected us from the hotel in the CCT Tuk Tuk at 8.30. He is a great asset to the CCT team. He speaks wonderful English, gets of so well with all the children who obviously adore him and he has the best laugh I have ever heard!!!
First stop was at a home where the husband had past away and the wife had been left to raise the three boys with no income or support. Through CCT a house was built on her land which no-one else wanted because her husband was buried on it. CCT also purchased a cart for her to sell rice custard in little cups and other Khmer treats. She was a lovely lady and wanted her photo taken with us so she can put us on her wall!! She was amazed at the girls ages.
Next stop was to visit a man who had been injured by a bull and was unable to use his legs. When CCT found him and his daughter he was in need of an operation. This has now been done and he is able to sit for short times in a wheel chair. His daughter had been struggling to look after him and herself and she now has lots of support too. They have some one who helps with the house. A volunteer Nurse had also spent some time showing her how to care for Dads health needs including colonoscopy bag and catheter - not a job many young daughters I know would be keen to do.... she is only about 10.
The older girls CCT move into a transition house when they turn about 16. There are house parents who look after them but they need to do most things for themselves with a little guidance when necessary. This was our next stop and we were very excited as we knew all the girls here. Mom came racing out - WOW she has come a long way in 16 months. When we here last time she could not speak any English and had just been rescued by the CCT team with her siblings and cousins who she had been raising. She has been taught how to knit and crochet and has the needles clicking away all the time. Not everyone was home but we saw a few of them. Siniet said she knew we were coming.
We also met Jake who is adorable. He is nearly four but is the size of a baby nearly one. He was very badly neglected and malnourished but is now thriving with lots of love and care from his new family. We have brought over a Jolly Jumper to help strengthen his legs. He does this Superman thing when prompted by the kids and holds his muscles up - it is really cute.
The Boys House was next which is the same as the girls setup. Although when we got there no-one was about as they had gone off on their bikes to visit people. No doubt we will catch up with them over the next few days. We did meet Tong who is a new adition to the CCT family since last time. He showed us the chickens.
Lucky Seven was our next stop I am not sure if they are the seventh family that CCT has helped or that they are the lucky seven due to there being seven children. These children have been placed with a Foster Family to care for them. The oldest girl has epilepsy and has a baby.
Last stop was to a man and his family suffering from polio. His wife also had fingers missing fromone hand. CCT has brought him a special Tuk Tuk which is outof action at the moment due to a roll over. He also has mechanical skills. His wife sells corn at the markets and she came racing back to meet us. They have two little girls who he is obviously very proud of.
Back to the hotel for a rest and get ready for Girls Night Out. Buffalo kept saying things to us about girls night out - we did offer to buy him a dress if he wanted to come along!! The Boys go out together quite often for Boys Night Out and have shots with Snake Blood in it but this was the first girls night.
We met all the girls at our hotel and enjoyed meeting some new staff/volunteers. After dinner we went to get our nails and toes done.... due to time running out we sat back and watched the staff enjoy this treat.
Trish Fiona and Helen sat in the foyer and had a couple of cocktails and the girls went into the internet room. They came over and said we can hear you laughing over there...... then they decided it was so embarassing they went out to one of our rooms.
What a great day .... CCT are doing so much more now and making a big difference to lots of lives. Well Done Tara and crew.