Heng has a new home! After some rehab time in the province, he returned to our Healing Home for a month whilst a wee home was set up for him in a new skills training project. That was a month ago and we've been out there three times to keep an eye on him and to build a relationship with Sovantha, the man who leads 'Ankor Association for the Disabled'.
Heng (right) with Sovantha and another fella who left his leg behind in a mined field. Heng is doing so well; happily learning to carve jade and happily holding onto Jesus.
Here is what Heng and his project buddies are learning to do. The quality is still a bit rough around the edges but to see Heng's pride and satisfaction as he uses his hands to make and create ... it's just great!
Sovantha is an amazing man. He used to be an army man (a major, I believe) until a landmine took away his legs. He has got a huge inner motivation to care and to help people who, like himself, have encountered physical disability. He has pioneered the AAD Cambodian NGO, built a base in Siem Reap and is now still in the process of building another base in Phnom Penh. The location - literally over the road from the Killing Fields.
Proof-reading a brochure Sovantha has had done in English. I really enjoy being with this guy - he zips around in his wheelchair; flips himself into the driver's seat of his car; has such energy for his work and a sense of humour too. Interestingly, Sopheap said 'I have a really good feeling about this man' when she first phoned him regarding Heng. She phoned four organisations that work (or say that they work) with the disabled - only Sovantha got back to us and 'he has a really kind voice' Sopheap told us. Heng's wee home is in the background; right side.