Friday, February 27, 2009

Greetings from Cambodia!

My travel went fine without a hitch. I couldn't have asked for an easier transition. There was a little mix-up with sending my checked luggage, but I worked it out in Seoul and everything is here. I had a long lay-over in Seoul and a now very good friend, Jamie Ward, met me in Seoul and gave me a little express tour and we saw a Korean Palace, a re-made old Korean village, and traditional Korean Barbeque. This trip would have been entirely worth it just for that meal!

And Cambodia... it's a little humid... but I expected that. I arrived last night at 11:00PM and fell right asleep. I got a tour of the compound today. My head is still swirling trying to comprehend all that they do here! Clay pots that produce clean water is only the tip of the ice-berg. There's lye soap that kills lice and scabies, solar water heaters, research into renewable fuel, goat's milk as an alternative to formula, compost using rice husks, hand crank wells that reduce pumping time to a fourth of other wells (girls can now go to school because they're not spending all day pumping water), pigs are given on loan to help people in other villages, the list goes on and on...

There are approximately 150-300 volunteers that come through here every year. A lot of them are grad students working on thesis and testing the pots that purify the water. And some are church people. The capabilities of these water purifying pots are astounding! The founder of RDI, Mickey (he has a PHD in Chemistry or Biology, not sure which), is in the states right now teaching the Center for Disease Control about the work they're doing here. There are also numerous countries that are connecting with RDI to get the technologies developed here into theirs. And if you saw the compound... believe me, you'd never know it. It looks like a poor Cambodian village.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thanks for visiting I'll try to keep you updated as I go. I leave a week from this post. I'll be gone for 2 months working with Resource Development International Cambodia ( doing work in water purification and other health related services, but with great purpose.

Here's my flight Ininerary incase you're curious

(Feb. 25) Kansas City (6:33PM CST)- Cicago O' Hare (8:07 PM CST)(United Airlines #7127)
(Feb. 26) Cicago O' Hare (1:00AM CST) - (Feb. 27) Seoul, South Korea (6:00AM KST)(Asiana Airlines #235)
(Feb. 27) Seoul, South Korea (7:15PM KST)- Phnom Penh, Cambodia (10:55PM ICT) (Asiana Airlines #739)

(Apr. 22) Phnom Penh (11:55PM ICT) - (Apr. 23) Seoul, South Korea (7:10AM KST) (Asiana Airlines #740)
(Apr. 23) Seoul, South Korea (4:30PM KST) - (Apr. 23) Los Angeles (11:30AM PDT) (Asiana Airlines #202)
(Apr. 23) Los Angeles (2:57PM PDT) - Denver (6:15PM MDT) (United Airlines #78)
(Apr. 23) Denver (7:14PM MDT) - Kansas City (9:49PM CDT) (United Airlines #724)

Crossing the international dateline is always a little fun... I get to do a little time travel. Who needs a time machine when you have airplanes?