This living history project is the work of a team of West Australians who have a love for Cambodia, and in particular, Kampot. Jim is the main driver of the project, a retired teacher, university sessional academic (Curtin University) and latter-day historian.
“My wife and I have been to Cambodia 11 times over the last 6 years, mostly involved with leading teams of volunteers who visit villages and finish off building houses, through the Tabitha Foundation. We have also become involved in supporting other projects including the Nokor Tep womens hospital (Pnomh Penh), Cambodia Family Support (run out of Battambang province) and the Epicarts NGO in Kampot, which works with local people with disabilities using art and dance to promote awareness and improve life skills and opportunities for those involved.
I have also had the enormous privilege of co-editing the autobiography of an inspiring Khmer Rouge survivor, Seng Bou Addheka. She and I met when I was learning to speak Khmer (Addheka teaches Khmer to foreigners in Phnom Penh) and we worked together for 18 months telling the story of her family, which was originally from Tuok Meas, on the eastern end of Kampot province.
Her family was briefly in the Southwest Zone during the Khmer Rouge rule, but was deported to the Northwest Zone (Pursat-Battambang border) with devastating consequences for her family. Addheka’s story, ‘If on this Earth there are Angels’, was published in 2016.
We come to Cambodia as often as we can, but still work in Perth.” – Jim
Others who support this project and who give their time generously include Steve (takes care of social media), Alan (webmaster), Judy (copy editor) and Sokun (Kampot coordinator of driver-guides)
Links relevant to above
Tabitha Cambodia - https://tabitha-cambodia.org/
Tabitha Australia - http://tabithaaustralia.org.au/
Nokor Tep – The Womens Hospital - https://nokor-tep.net/
Book website - http://www.vividpublishing.com.au/ifonthisearth/
Epicarts - http://epicarts.org.uk/