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Making of…Buo Phan (91) Cambodia

Elderly woman (91) Buo Phan in Cambodia We visited villages in the Battambang province, guided by Helpage Cambodia. There we met Buo Phan (91), living there with her children and grandchildren. She is sick, without income and feels she is waiting to die. Continue reading →

There used to be a strong social bond in the pagoda

Old people in cambodia go to pagoda In our search for the lives and life questions of elderly in Cambodia, we also interview the young generation. Sochoeun (37) a sociology teacher and researcher at the CCC organization, with 160 NGO’s working together with the Cambodian civil society. One of the things he speaks about is the fading away of traditional culture, where […] Continue reading →

Giving back the portraits to the elderly: an adventure in Battambang

making of Hnok Kok and Ean Mann. giving back photos. After an intense week of meeting elderly in the Battambang province, making portraits and video of them and their stories, guided by Helpage staff, we decided to go back by ourselves. Printing their portraits, the least we wanted to do is give them back to the old people we visited. So now on our own, […] Continue reading →

Making of…documentary elderly: Khwon Chhoeut

On the 18th of august we met Khwon Chhoeut, an elderly man who lives with his wife in Battambang city, and rents houses to generate income. We interviewed him for our documentary, you can have a look ‘behind the scenes’ in this video. Continue reading →

Solidarity works two ways: Vathanak

When we hired Vathanak (22) to be our assistent / translator, the first thing he told us was that he lived with his grandmother (66), while he is studying here. His parents and older brother live in the province, and work as government employees there.We assumed then that he lived with her to take care […] Continue reading →

Elderly monk: San and his sickness

One of the ways elderly take care for themselves is being part of the Buddhist religion and being part of the life inside the pagoda’s, widely spread in Cambodia. In Phnom Penh, we live next to a pagoda, where we also met Mr. Pom. Now we were looking for an elderly monk, to ask him […] Continue reading →

Loneliness: missing my children

One of the main answers we get when we ask elderly around Cambodia about loneliness is that they miss their children. The one thing we encounter in all houses, poor and rich, and at the houses that we can barely call a house were photos of their children, and often their late husband (or wife). […] Continue reading →

Financial income: provide for your family

In Phnom Penh we were looking for elderly who are still working independently of their family. One of the people we met was Mr. Sok Than, a 61 year old cyclo driver in Phnom Penh. He told us: “I come to work in Phnom Penh almost 11 years already. Before I was a farmer.Because my […] Continue reading →

Helpage Cambodia

One of the riddles to solve is how elderly in governmental and NGO field of work seem non- existent. As head of sociology faculty Thy Naroeun said in our first meeting: “There are no elderly in Cambodia.” Of all NGO’s in Cambodia (over 300), there is only 1 of them focussed on helping older people. […] Continue reading →

Visit to the Pagoda

This morning 5 AM we woke up to go to the Pagoda Wat Sampeou Meas, were we meet Sociology professor Sina at 5.30 AM. In the dark, it is an impressive sight to see the temple in lights, people in white blouses streaming towards the temple, flowers bought from the stall before the entrance and […] Continue reading →