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Slices of life in Cambodia

Witnessing live in Cambodia the transformation sponsorship brings into children's lives, our photographer shares favorite photos of the kids we're meeting.

This week, bloggers Nate Pyle and Stephanie May Wilson join us in Cambodia! We’ll be visiting two of our communities to witness the transformation that child sponsorship brings into the lives of children and their families — and sharing our experience with you.

Today, World Vision photographer Laura Reinhardt shares a few of her favorite photos of some of the children we’re meeting. Join us on our journey!

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Phnom Sruoch is a World Vision community here in Cambodia that we’re hoping to expand in the near future. Currently, many families are living in poverty, which leads to children dropping out of school so they can help their families survive. Many families also struggle with food insecurity.

Choura’s family faces hunger up to four months out of the year. That hunger has left her stunted. She is 12 years old, but looks more like a 7- or 8-year-old.

Witnessing live in Cambodia the transformation sponsorship brings into children's lives, our photographer shares favorite photos of the kids we're meeting.
Hunger has left 12-year-old Choura stunted. She looks more like a 7- or 8-year-old. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

“Theary quit school because the family is poor,” says her mother, Phally. “We don’t have money to buy her clothes and school material.” Now Theary helps around the home doing chores like preparing dinner.

Witnessing live in Cambodia the transformation sponsorship brings into children's lives, our photographer shares favorite photos of the kids we're meeting.
“Theary quit school because the family is poor,” says her mother, Phally. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

Four-year-old Reatrey’s father left for Thailand to find consistent work to support his family. After a month, he hasn’t sent any money, so to have food for the family, Reatrey’s pregnant mother, Sokhen, borrows from a middleman, whom she will repay when the money from her husband finally arrives.

Witnessing live in Cambodia the transformation sponsorship brings into children's lives, our photographer shares favorite photos of the kids we're meeting.
Reatrey’s father went to Thailand to find work. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

It’s bath time for Pheareak, 3 years old, who lives with his grandmother Savoeurn because his mother works at a garment factory. The long hours and commute time keep her living closer to the city and away from her child.

Witnessing live in Cambodia the transformation sponsorship brings into children's lives, our photographer shares favorite photos of the kids we're meeting.
It’s bath time for 3-year-old Pheareak! (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

The other World Vision community that we’ll be visiting this week is called Leuk Daek. We’ve been working in this community for 15 years, and child sponsorship has been so transformative that this summer we’re closing the community! Our work there is done. Meet some of the children whose lives have been transformed through sponsorship.

Panha shares a letter, which just arrived from her World Vision sponsor, with her grandfather.

Witnessing live in Cambodia the transformation sponsorship brings into children's lives, our photographer shares favorite photos of the kids we're meeting.
Panha shares her sponsor’s letter with her grandfather. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

Our staff in Cambodia taught Sopha, 31, to boil water to make it safe for her daughter Noeurn and the whole family.

Witnessing live in Cambodia the transformation sponsorship brings into children's lives, our photographer shares favorite photos of the kids we're meeting.
Sopha boils water to make it safe for her family. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

Join us on our journey this week as we celebrate transformation in Cambodia and invest in the next generation of children! Sponsor a child in Cambodia today.

Check back as we blog live this week, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WVBloggers!

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