Next day a whistle stop tuk tuk tour of the city and lunch before we headed to our next destination, Kampong Cham, 3 hours north of Phnom Penh on the Mekong River.
Dr Nhep (a gentle petite lady in her 60’s) provides outreach with her Cambodian dental students.
Facilities here were limited, chairs constructed of folding chair, fixing a wooden cross with a sponge as a headrest on the back of the chair and draping with laundered green drapes. We saw workers and community members, relieving pain and giving oral hygiene instruction, they were so gracious and respectful, it was really amazing to observe their tenacity when they had obviously suffered pain for months.
The following day the clinic moved to an infant school, where we managed to see around 170 child patients, and the health team brushed and fluoridated their teeth.
A long, hot drive next to our final destination Siem Reap, where we liased with a new charity See Beyond Borders working in schools in the area, providing running water, health education and teaching support to the school staff.
Here we engaged with teachers, community leaders, parents and children offering a handwashing forum, toothbrush instruction with fluoride toothpaste and diet advice to reduce the frequency of sugary snacks and drinks.
The parents seemed empowered to help their children and are positively making a difference in this poor district to their lives and their families.
We have seem some incredible sights, finishing the final day with the Temples of Angkor, but it is the smiles, the humour and humility, being acceptance by this incredible nation of people that has been so destroyed that will stay with us. We are all richer for the truly unforgettable experience that Freya and I will never forget, and hopefully be a legacy of hope for the future.