Despite being used to horrible news I felt the Paris attacks affected me personally. I was in London at the time and Paris was only a couple of hours away on the train. They way the terrorists shot indiscriminately at people sitting outside in restaurants sent a clear message: Be afraid wherever you are! As a journalist I went to Paris.
Thanks very much to the recent anonymous donor to my indiegogo campaign! Your £25 are really appreciated. If you’d like me to send you the DVD and postcard, please let me know your details. Everyone else please go and check out the perks including a Cambodian postcard (might be posted from UK) and a Cambodian gift. The countdown is on with only 4 days left until the campaign closes: http://igg.me/at/cambodiafilm.
On Wednesday our group of volunteers will be getting a crash course at Edinburgh Napier University in how to teach English. The uni’s marketing department have said they are interested in contributing to my fundraising campaign as well. Really excited about that.
Otherwise preparations are going well with my first round of vaccinations done and the second one due on Tuesday. Spent £189 in the drugstore the other day. A new passport is hopefully on its way after I managed to convince the German authorities that I wasn’t living in Germany anymore. Not even 6 weeks to go until we take off!!!
Interview with Mr Malhotra, CEO of the Future Sense Foundation, about the difference volunteering with children in Cambodia makes: “We focus on education, livelihood and child welfare. The volunteers who go out make a real difference in terms of providing the children a sense of aspiration, a sense of purpose, a perspective of the world beyond theirs…
Cambodia is still recovering from the aftermath of the rule of the Khmer Rouge which left 1/4 (yes, that’s one quarter) of the population dead. 30% of the people live below the national poverty line. Together with a group of students of Edinburgh Napier University we will go out to Cambodia in July to work with some of the poorest communities there. The trip is organised by the Future Sense Foundation, which has a track record in the region.
I will also produce a short film about the impact of the project on the people we are helping as well as on the students who are giving up their holidays to work for them. My film will pay for my travel costs, but as part of our efforts we have to fundraise for the communities we will work in. Some additional production costs will also have to be covered. Please give generously to my indiegogo campaign. Thank you.
Many years ago, before I owned a digital camera, I worked on a farm in this stunningly beautiful country for a month. Here are just a few pictures I scanned from the Namib desert near Sossusvlei. Every few years a dry river or Rivier, as it’s called in Namibian German, flows into this area and creates a lake here. The desert comes to life for a few months until the water is gone again.
BBC Correspondent, Scotland Broadcast languages: ENGLISH, GERMAN, SPANISH, SCOTS GAELIC Interview languages: PORTUGUESE, FRENCH, ITALIAN, RUSSIAN ————— TV Journalism Lecturer at EDINBURGH NAPIER UNI, Religious Correspondent, Travel Photographer