Meet Mr. Blaed Perkins
Blaed first found himself in Siem Reap in the early stages of 2008, he was visiting his mother Kerry, to get a better understanding as to why she had been in this country for such a long period of time.
Within hours of arriving he was introduced to many of the locals who Kerry had been helping whilst volunteering and to the other locals who were also helping along the way. Within a day of being in Siem Reap Blaed totally understood why his mother was about to call Cambodia her home.
Blaed spent the next month volunteering and making friends with the local Cambodians before returning back to Australia for work, vowing to return to Siem Reap sooner rather than later.
Not long after Blaed returned to Australia, Kerry arrived home to pack up her lifelong possessions to return to Cambodia. Within weeks, she returned to Siem Reap to continue the wonderful work she was doing.
A year passed by with Blaed working his 8 - 5 office job when he knew it was time to return to Cambodia, if only for a short visit. The following day he had 3 friends on board and decided they would explore Cambodia and Thailand for an end of year holiday.
In this time, they spent a week in Siem Reap. This is when Blaed found his calling. The same cheerful smiles of the locals greeted him just like they had 12 months prior. The progress that had been made at the Organization by Kerry and the team was unbelievable. People’s livelihoods were being improved right in front of his eyes. Blaed decided on the spot that he couldn't leave, nor could he forget these wonderful people that had so little but still filled their faces with joy every time you saw them.
The holiday had quickly finished. Blaed returned to Australia to pack his belongings and let his boss know he would no longer be coming into work. Within 2 weeks Blaed was calling Siem Reap his home.
He quickly made friends with the locals, picking up the Cambodian Language along the way. He was initially teaching at the organization, before switching roles to become the Volunteer Manager.
The positive changes himself, the local staff and volunteers were making was so rewarding, it was an easy decision as to why he decided to call Siem Reap his home.
In mid 2012, Blaed started coming up with ideas as to how to improve the lives of more Cambodians. It was then that establishing Feeding Dreams was first talked about. Blaed left his role with a heavy heart but was strengthened by the fact knowing more people’s lives would be changed for the better.
On November 1, 2012, Feeding Dreams Cambodia was founded and we officially opened our doors.
Blaed now speaks fluent Khmer and has many great local friends. He is proud and privileged to be a Founder of FDC knowing the life changing work that the whole team is doing will make for a better future for the people of Cambodia.