Project Cambodia January 2002: Transportation to cardiologic center in Phnom Penh

On January 2, 2002 we traveled to Cambodia. The magnificent temples and the friendly people were one of the reasons that we visited this country for the second time.
We came into contact with a Dutch doctor, Joost Hoekstra, who works at the Angkor Hospital for Children at Siem Reap, a city located in the North of Cambodia near the temple site of Angkor Wat.

In the hospital no hart surgery can be carried out. Last summer a cardiological center was opened in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia by the French organization ‘Chaine de l’espoir’ .They work according to the principle that the ‘rich’ who are in need of a hart operation pay for the poor who are also in need of a hart operation, but cannot pay for it. TravellingAid urgently requires financial support in order to facilitate the long journey of the children and their companions to Phnom Penh. 

In co-operation with a Dutch cardiologist, Mr Hoekstra was able to make arrangements for the planning of such journeys, the journey itself, operation reports, follow-up and stay of the companions in Phnom Penh.

TravellingAid was the only sponsor of this project. Without our support there is no possibility for the children to have a hart operation in Phnom Penh. There are about 60 requests for a hart operation per year. In 2002 we were able to pay help a couple of children but since the departure off mister Hoekstra the project has come to a stand still.  


The country: The Kingdom of Cambodia is situated next to Laos, Vietnam and Thailand and has a surface of 181,0351 square kilometers. The population of Cambodia amounts to 12 million. The economy of the country is dependent on wood, rubber, rice, fishery and textiles.