Friends and Connecting Hands

Jet and myself at “FRIENDS”
Friends International is an NGO focusing on helping marginalized children and youth with free education and job skills training. I visited their handicraft store, and their training center/restaurant, in Phnom Penh.


Food at “Friends”
Another photo of “Friends”


Connecting Hands is an NGO helping young women who have escaped human trafficking, violence, and sexual abuse with free education, vocational training, and medical benefits.
I visited their cafe in Phnom Penh.

Here I am at Connecting Hands with a traditional Khmer dish: pumpkin soup. A fun fact about soup in Khmer traditional cooking, they used marijuana for hundreds of years as a culinary herb! This was not the case with this soup, however.



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  1. yerme hawk
    February 15, 2017

    Delicious! Question: is there a history of colonization (formal or informal) in these countries/areas? And if so, is it evident in the cuisine? Are the foods a blend of some European fare remade with local ingredients, forming new hybrids?

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