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  • This was my second time to Phnom Penh. We were working with local Fair Trade groups and our friends at HAGAR offered to take us to visit the different projects they supported in the city. We visited their education and rehabilitation centres for trafficked women and children. We saw the kids being taught and the women learning new life skills. We learned of the horrors of human trafficking. It was heavy stuff.

    We then went to 'House of Smiles'. It is a home and day care for local disabled children. At the time it had around two dozen kids with various challenges including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, missing limbs and down syndrome. It was housed in a ramshackle building. It was near noon on a hot and humid day. I was doing my best to give all my attention to the founder of the project while I was sweating buckets. About then this kid with the billion watt smile crawled across his mat and turned the one fan in the room to point directly at me.

    This was one of the biggest messages of compassion I've ever received. One of the kids that we were there to help saw that I was uncomfortable and chose to make me feel better. I think we can learn alot from this kid.
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