Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In A Rocket Made of Ice

The photographs in this book were enough to make me fall in love with the children of Cambodia.

When added with Gail Gutradt's account of her time spent at the Wot Opot Children's Community, I was totally engrossed.

Sadly, many children in Cambodia suffer from HIV/AIDS, orphaned by parents who also suffered with this disease, or sent away because of their disease. Wot Opot provides a home for these children - a place where they can laugh and play and love without judgement.

Wayne Matthysse, a former Vietnam medic, created this safe haven for these children, and Gutradt was fortunate enough to experience it herself, getting to know the children and tell their story as she spent many months over several years at Wat Opot.

Gutradt shares stories of individual children at the orphanage, and it is easy to see the kindness and concern she has for these innocent boys and girls. 

Although this book is sad as many children suffer and die from HIV/AIDS, Matthysse's desire to help others and to give his life to creating a home for these children shows hope as we see how much good one human being can do.

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