Registered Nurse, Tine Westerdahl from Denmark – Volunteer at Feeding Dreams Cambodia – April 2018
The school is situated in a slum area in Siem Reap. I worked at the school clinic every morning, and a few afternoons. In the beginning, it was a bit slow with only a few patients. However, it quickly picked up and thereafter I had 25-30 patients per shift. The clinic is fairly well equipped with basic materials, as it receives donations from volunteers who bring supplies.
Most of the children came with wounds, fungal skin infections, common colds, headache toothache etc. However, some of the moms started to come to the clinic as well, so I had good use of the blood pressure and blood sugar meter.
It was a great pleasure to see the wounds heal. At first glance, they looked ok, however as I got rid of all the crust, some of the wounds were quite nasty looking as nobody had attended to them. I had the children coming to the clinic every day for wound cleaning and dressing.
Quite a lot of the children had pigment alterations on their face from fungal infections. Luckily, we had some anti-fungal cream in the clinic so we had a steady stream of children for creaming. By the end of my visit, the white spots diminished but we agreed that they should continue a little while longer.
Unfortunately, I also saw many children with toothache. I couldn’t do a lot for them as it is not possible to send them all to a dentist. However, I gave them a toothbrush and some toothpaste and we conducted some tooth brushing sessions in the kindergarten. The children saw a short YouTube video and then tried it themselves.
The staff at the school were amazing, they were very welcoming and tried to help in any possible way. The children did understand some English but as soon as it was a bit more complicated one of the staff assisted with translations. The teacher who took care of the clinic on a daily basis was very open and I am grateful for her for welcoming me into her clinic. She did a great job even though she had no health care training. I hope she picked up a few tips and tricks of the trade!
Though I think, the most important thing a volunteer nurse/health care professional does, is to induce a kind of safety feeling. Now there is someone to come to, free of charge, who takes them seriously and are on their side.
The work at the clinic really makes a difference, as the children don’t have any other opportunity to see a professional health care worker. Therefore, it was a very rewarding month both professionally and personally.
I can highly recommend the project and a shorter or longer volunteer period at the school. You will have a great time there with a lot of fun and an experience for life. I hope to be back in the near future!
Jay Febuary 2018Thank you for the most amazing week. The children were amazing, the teachers and staff were so helpful.
Tine from Denmark February 2018
A wonderful month as a school nurse at Feeding Dreams Cambodia I spend February month 2018 at the school clinic where I cared for the children from the school. In addition, some of the mothers and younger siblings came to the clinic. It was a fabulous month with many children in the clinic every day. The work at the clinic really means a difference, as the children don’t have another opportunity to see a professional health care worker. Therefore, it was a very rewarding month both professionally and personally.
Feeding Dreams Cambodia is truly supportive and an amazing opportunity for the poorest children in the slum areas. I can highly recommend the project and a shorter or longer volunteering there. You will have a great time there with a lot of fun and an experience for life.
- I hope I will be back in the near future - Tine.
Theresa February 2018It has been such an emotional and rewarding time spent here with these wonderful children. Keep up the amazing work you are doing, you are truly amazing people!
Mags Addison February 2018Thank you for the chance to work at your school and to spend time with the children. It has been a pleasure to work with you all.
Colleen January 2018Thank you for allowing us to come and volunteer at your school. You do a fantastic job and I am proud to have been a part of it. Well done guys!
Chris Mansfield November 2017
Dear Kerry, Sophorn and the Feeding Dreams Family,
Wishing you and the students a very Happy 5th Birthday! What an awesome milestone to achieve soooo much in such a short period of time.
You have changed the lives of 100's of families, something you can all be very proud of. It's a true honour to know you and to see the differences you make on a daily basis.
One of my favourite sayings in life is: "You can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone"...
You and your Team have helped so many people; the community there is fortunate to have such a caring group of individuals there supporting those most in need.
I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating this amazing organisation and the sense of community that you have created from the ground up.
A true grass roots organisation with a big heart; a great example of humanity in action.