In one area, Bart discovered three orphaned sisters aged 14, 11 and 8 who had been living alone in a fallen down shack for 6 since their mother died. Shunned by their neighbors, they were living off the land with only pond water to drink, cooking on an open fire in the middle of the floor and dressed in rags.
Bart bought them new clothes, their first new pairs of shoes, and enrolled the two youngest in a local school – also their first time. The oldest girl is blind in one closed eye and, through the generosity of our President, Anna Carpio, she will soon have the surgery to regain her sight. People from a local Cambodian charitable organization that runs the school, look in on them every day. The girls are now safe and healthy.
Upon his return to the U.S., Bart and his associates wired enough money to the Cambodian organization to have the girls’ house repaired. The walls have been replaced, a stove, toilet and fresh water well installed and a locking front door installed.
Photos: (top) three orphaned sisters and bart, (bottom) the two younger girls starting their first day of school