More exciting news!
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to send an old (but still in very good shape) digital camera to Cambodia for my friend to use.
I went to UPS and they quoted me over $200 to send it. I thought this was a little expensive so I decided to drive on down to the regular post office. After all, $200 could build another water pump for a Cambodian family.
Thankfully the post office quoted me about $25 to send my package. I had serious doubts that it would get there, mostly because the address was literally "Village of ..." with no street address. I wondered how a postal worker would find someone in a remote village with no other details, but I figured that everyone probably knew each other and eventually it would get into the right hands.
I also wondered if someone would steal it so I put the contents as "recorder and charger". Something ambiguous. Something that didn't sound expensive.
They told me it would take about two weeks.
Well, guess what, it finally arrived. I have no idea how (and hopefully it still works) but I received the blessed news yesterday. Considering how corrupt Cambodia is, I consider this a minor miracle.
And some more good news ...
They are building the water pumps from the money I sent over there. There will be more updates later (with pics!) but so far, so good.
To all the people that made this happen, I am VERY grateful. And I'm sure the villagers are even more grateful. I can't imagine anything worse than getting your drinking water from a dirty, scummy water pit.