While I still have some blog posts to finish from my time in Cambodia, I thought it important to post a reflection about my summer. Being away for 3 months from home was honestly pretty hard.  Surprisingly though, work and day-to-day living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was actually really easy: good food, available clean water,... Continue Reading →


Wow, life has been busy!  I've definitely adopted the "work hard, play hard" attitude this summer and haven't had much time to sit, write and reflect.  I plan to write more posts about specific aspects of my time and activities here in Cambodia but don't have the time right now.  But, I thought I'd list... Continue Reading →

Collective Action

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending a WaterSHED-run workshop entitled Cambodia Rural Sanitation and Hygiene (RuSH) Sector Convening for Collective Action.  The purpose of this workshop was to get all organizations working in Cambodia in rural infrastructure development, particularly sanitation and hygiene, in the same room to start the process of collaborating to... Continue Reading →

First Days

I've had time to find an apartment, settle in, figure out where to eat, drink and otherwise sustain myself, how to get to work, what work is shaping up nicely and is good. Phnom Penh is surprisingly multicultural, refined (in parts) and full of kind people, even the tuk-tuk (motorcycle-based towed taxi) drivers.  All... Continue Reading →

Don’t Step on Bone

On Sunday, I rented a motor scooter and traveled out to the Choeung Ek Killing Field (i.e., The Killing Fields) south of Phnom Penh.  From 1975 to 1979, approximately 20,000 Cambodians were bound, blindfolded and murdered in cold blood by the Khmer Rouge at this location using whatever was the cheapest method: a bamboo stick to the back... Continue Reading →

Paying My Respects, Holding Back Tears

From 1975 to 1979, Cambodia experienced one of the most egregious genocides our world has ever seen: between 1.5 and 3 million educated people were rounded up and murdered with the goal of starting Cambodia over at what the Khmer Rouge called Year Zero. I highly suggest reading more about the Cambodian genocide here. To... Continue Reading →

Thinking about Poverty over Breakfast

An appropriate first breakfast in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as I start working in sanitation infrastructure development with iDE: fresh fruit, coffee and a side of Paul Polak's book "Out of Poverty". My thoughts right now are summed up by his words: "The most significant positive impact I could have on world health [is] to work... Continue Reading →

Let There Be Sanitation!

I'm here in Cambodia!  It feels great to be back after 11 years.  I'll be working with iDE on sanitation infrastructure development for the next 2 months and blogging about my experiences here.  Share in my experience by following my blog (right sidebar), checking back often and commenting!  Let's get this adventure started!

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