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Areng Valley

The Areng Valley – adventure in the Cardamoms mountains

Posted on: September 1st, 2017

An hidden gem in the south of Cambodia

Areng Valley

Photo by Anthony Risse

To join the Areng Valley is already an adventure: after a few hours by bus, you must ask to the driver to stop… nowhere! It is just an intersection, with a sandy road going into the jungle.

Our motorbike drivers are already waiting for us, one motorbike per person. Then we drive across the mountains, the slippery road and the stunning landscapes of Areng Valley for almost two hours.

Areng Valley

Photo by Anthony Risse

The night is coming and we stop in the Areng riverside for our first camp: nothing luxurious, just a hammock under a plastic sheeting. Because of the rainy season, the level of the river is high, but it is still possible to take a natural shower inside.

The day after, we go again behind our motorbike drivers and stop in a local family house for breakfast. Since the foreigners are rare here the family is more than welcoming and the breakfast is transformed in a memorable exchange.

We finally say good bye to our brave motorbike drivers and start to trek. It is like entering a new world, with giant trees and wild sounds all around. After a few hours of hiking, we arrive at the camp on a big rock on the top of the mountain. The view on the valley in astonishing! We can see kilometers and kilometers of primary forest with a good chance to see wildlife in the canopy.

Areng Valley

Photo by Anthony Risse

In the morning, we are waken up by the gibbon’s call. We decide to follow the sound to have a chance to observe them. After one hour, we have a unique chance to meet two gibbons!

Later on, coming back in the valley, we walk until the riverside, where kayaks are waiting for us. One more time, the immersion is total, and we try to meet the famous Siam crocodile, until two flights of great hornbills.

Areng Valley

Photo by Anthony Risse

The Areng valley exploration is definitely one of the best adventure to do in south Cambodia!

Don’t hesitate to contact the Cambodian NGO ”Mother Nature Cambodia” and their project ”Wild Koh Kong” to organize your trip. Thanks to their work, the Areng Valley survived to a dam project.

Anthony Risse

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Theary's Story

Friends International – Theary’s Story

Posted on: June 9th, 2017

Despite having a mother, Theary grew up in many orphanages in Phnom Penh. She felt abandoned and missed her relationship with her mum. She was able to study until grade 5 at the orphanage, but after moving back home she wasn’t able to go to school as she kept moving houses, which eventually took her out of Phnom Penh and to a rural area.

When she moved back to Phnom Penh earlier last year she met an old lady who told her about Friends-International, where a new life chapter for her has begun:

“I felt relived once I walked into the center. I met staff who happily introduced themselves to me.  It was when I gained all my hope once again to be someone better. I was offered a safe place to stay called a group home where I get to live with three other young girls from different trainings. I was guided around a busy center before I decided to choose the beauty training.”

 

Theary's Story

 

“I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity in which everything is totally free for me. I could access all the necessary facilities during my training here, where I feel like home. I get to know lots of new friends and they are very nice to me since we all are from the same life background.  I’m now in the second level of my beauty training that is equipped with other required classes like Khmer literacy, English, and computer skills.  I think my life has changed a lot. I have never thought of getting a skill or be anyone better. But Friends-International has changed my perspective of life. I do enjoy my training here and getting to learn new things every day”.

Theary, now 16, has high hopes to use her skills in the future to find a good job. She dreams of getting a big house where she can live happily with her mother and sisters.

It is only thanks to our generous supporters, such as CamboTicket and their customers, that Friends-International are able to build a future for children and young people in Cambodia. Thank you for your support.

 

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