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Return to Stung Meanchey Dump, Cambodia.

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At the end of November I flew from Melboune to Phnom Penh, where I was reunited with the Aussie volunteers; Jen Goodall and Simon Loymeyer, our project camera man from Munich. Joining us for the project was Jake Corke who worked as the Small Steps fixer and distributor and who’s  company  http://www.hanumanfilms.com/ and http://www.hanumantourism.com/profile.html not only donated the use of a van for the delivery of the aid, but also an amazing driver, Mr Pon, who worked as an extra translator and…

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FUNDRAISING IN AUSTRALIA

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Small Steps was given a massive step up by some awesome Australians this November. Back in September a family called the Bongiornos, from Melbourne, contacted me to say that they had read about the project in the Melbourne Herald Sun Magazine and they were really inspired by the project. They invited me over to Sydney to screen the film and help fundraise for the project. ‘You know I’m in London right?’ was the first question I asked them. They did…

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SIHANOUKVILLE DUMP

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The Small Steps team just returned from the Sihanoukville dump. We are all very smelly but we met lovely people and gave everyone hats and masks and tomorrow we will give out shoes and food to all the dump dwellers. This afternoon we are giving mosquito nets to a whole village living in the street under tarpaulin, including a two day old baby! Then back to the dump at 6am.

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NOVEMBER IN CAMBODIA WITH SMALL STEPS TEAM

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Tonight I fly from Melbourne to Cambodia, where I will be meeting with some other memebers of the Small Steps Team: Jen Goodall, a volunteer from Sydney, who has done considerable fundraising for the project, including running two marathons! Jen will be assisting me on the folllow up and the project on the new dump in Sihanoukville as well as giving out wellies, we will be giving out hats, socks and toys.Joining Jen and I and our secret cameras is…

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UNICEF & THE UN

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This is the most shocking article in the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/28/raped-beaten-killed-cambodia-detention-campSo basically this is what UNICEF and the UN do with money you donate to them! Myself and the Small Steps team will be going to Cambodia to visit this camp outside Phnom Penh. Why is this allowed and why are donations not regulated?

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FUNDRAISING FOR DUMP PROJECTS

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I have been doing a lot of fundraising over the summer, using the Small Steps Cambodia documentary as a tool, to raise money by doing screenings.We have had some amazing support and some surprises, including a great response from younger audiences. I first screened the documentary to children at Camp Bestival and was surprised at how engaged the children were, which has lead to loads of events and screenings at schools and universities all over the world.Small Steps is about…

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RETURN TO CAMBODIA 2010

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I will be returning to Cambodia at the end of November to meet with Mey and see what has happened to the old landfill site in Stung Meanchey, visit the new site and see how the NGO, Pour Sourire D’Enfant is getting on.Through this project I met a couple called Shaun and Clare, who are planning to set up an orphanage and help centre for children scavenging in Sihanoukville.Clare is already in Sihanoukville and Shaun will be joining her there…

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First Trip to the Tip

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My first trip to the Stung Meanchey Landfill site in Cambodia was overwhelming. It was pretty hard to find, which was odd, considering that it was enormous and in Phnom Penh, but kind of indicative of the fact that people turn a blind eye to it. I asked everyone about it, hardly anyone knew what I was talking about and much later, when I was doing under cover filming from The Intercontinental Hotel, from where you can clearly see this…

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How Small Steps Project began

How Small Steps Project Began…

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In the beginning of 2009 I was working at amazing project called House of Family in Sihanoukville, on the west coast of Cambodia. House of Family is a Slovakian  organisation  established in 2003. It provides medical and social care to HIV-positive orphans or semi-orphans living in Cambodia. The children are aged from 2 to 18 years, and often abandoned and discriminated by their community because they are HIV-positive. There is a huge stigma surrounding HIV-positive children and now Cambodia is…

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WELCOME TO MY BLOG.

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Small Steps is project that is dedicated to helping children and families who live on rubbish dumps take small steps out of poverty. 100% of the donations we raise goes directly to those living in poverty. We have assembled a small and dedicated team of volunteers and we all run Small Steps together. But the main players are you. All the people who have donated money, taken an interest, turned up at screenings of the documentary we made which led…

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