In my last article I described by visit to the Centre for Children’s Happiness in Phnom Penh, which takes in orphans who live in a large rubbish dump in the city, scavenging for waste to sell.
During my short visit I spoke to a couple of the older children about their experiences as well as their hopes for the future.
‘My parents died when I was 9. I lived on dumps, collecting plastic. Now I work at a school in the day and go to Uni in the evening studying Management. I want to get a job so I can travel and see different places. This is a great place – The kids love it!’
– Thavery, 21
‘I want to be an accountant and to study abroad if I can.’
– Sreypov, 17