Friends Charity Cambodia and its partners reach out to over 60,000 at risk children and young people, their families and communities each year. They not only support them but they save lives and build futures and enterprises. MY VISIT TO FRIENDS CHARITY CAMBODIA Add visiting Friends charity Cambodia to your ‘must do’s’ list if planning a trip to this great countries capital. I first heard of Friends when travelling in South East Asia on a Gap Adventures tour. Whilst in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, I visited the charities’ restaurant. This vibrant and colourful training restaurant has worked to build the futures of former street children and young people in Phnom Penh since 1994. The food was incredible, the people inspiring and the whole experience truly motivational. You sit there really hoping you can help and wanting to do so immediately. Luckily for myself and the rest of my tour group, there was an opportunity to do just that. In 2010 the restaurant was planning to expand, extending its walls allowing them to cater for more tourists and supporters. Customers could purchase a brick which the children would design and name before they form the new walls to the extended dinning area. A few months after returning home, we received a photo of our brick. Friends charity Cambodia is a world wide organisation and have many outreach programmes and community projects throughout some of the poorest areas around the globe. If you’re planning to visit Phnom Penh, I would urge you to make a special visit to Friends. Its not that often that you can sit in a restaurant, enjoying a fantastic meal whilst at same time, making a huge difference and contribution to a truly brilliant cause. Find Out More Photo Credit: Friends Charity Cambodia TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmail http://www.travellousworld.com Maaike I visited Friends in Phnom Penh during a study trip back in 2011. We attended a presentation hosted by one of the representatives of the organization and I was extremely inspired them and all the good work that they did. I remember visiting a shop where they sold handcrafted jewelry and all kind of accessories that the children had made. I bought a small bracelet there. We also had dinner at one of the restaurants. My study at the time focused on tourism management and consultancy, and I’m glad that we were also shown this side of the coin. A memorable experience. theglobewanderers Hi Maaike, thanks for your comment. So pleased to hear that you also stumbled across this fantastic place. Did you have a chance to buy a brick or had they already completed the extension by the time you made it there? Tourism is a course I wish i’d done, hope you enjoyed it. Thanks again, James. http://www.travellousworld.com Maaike Hi James, no I didn’t buy a brick. I can’t remember really whether they had finished building or not. It was back in 2011. I’m looking forward to read more about all of your travels!