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2007 is about changes and moving forward. Some of th ekids in our dormitory completed their studies and vocational training and finding a job, starting a new life. A few didn't make it bacause, you can come up with so many reasons. It’s joyful to see them grow and move on, but sad to see a few fall on the wayside.

2007 - Struggle
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.” ― Frederick Douglass

The beginning saw one of our girl, Theary, getting married to another boy, Chamroeun in their vocational program. They now have a good middle class life, saved enough to purchase a car and have a beautiful daughter!

Nary and Koeun married in 2013, they are expecting their own child this years as well. Nary has her own wedding dress making shop, while Koeun teaches English and run a tuk-tuk services.

I remembered the first day I met Chamroeun when he came to ask me permission to date Theary!

Old hydro power channel.
Trying to grow food naturally is a hit and missed. Very tasty! Development vs. conservation, difficult balancing act. I’m glad when it rains, we produce more power, but also floods!
Professor Yamada of Tokai Univ. visited Phnom Penh to explore educational exchanges and eventually signed MoU with ITC. He was our first Oyama first International visitor! Oyama has a VIP visitor, Deputy Prime Minister Mean Sam On. She has been very supportive in CDEP activities. She came and want to see for herself what we have done. It was an honor for us.
CDEP also have visitors to Japan! Five Cambodians were invited by ACT Foundation for their 21st ACT Symposium at Urabandai Japan! It was a good opportunity for young Cambodians to meet and discuss issues concern Cambodia to an International audience!
Our first US volunteer, jack and Angie! Thanks guys for giving our kids such a great time!

A few in our village continues to destroy for their own benefits! CDEP works with authority to stop the destruction.

These are old logs, hidden in the stream for later retrieval. The loggers have many clever ways! I suspect some officials are involed?!

Whay can't they simple use branches? Many people like to cut whole tree, spend time to chop them and sell them as firewood.

When at the beach, I’m the guy who would seek the nice cool shade and park myself there! I just don’t understand the cancer seeking gene of others?

What more can be said? Sunset on the Mekong in Kratie! I decided to camp out in the middle of nowhere! Stupid and dangerous, I needed peace.

More development, trying to tame the wild. We had to use some concrete near where we live to prevent other wild friends from making their

their home next to ours. There has to be a boundary between wilderness and us. It's a safety issue. We actually had snakes come

running into our house when it's heavily raining! Not that I mind snakes, but I just rather not have them surprise me.
Growing things in the wild means sharing! Birds, raccoons, monkeys and assortment of friendlies!
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