Stacey Simpkin - Photographer, Penglong Ngor, Cambodia’s Director of Teacher Training, visiting New Zealand and Theresa Gattung, Patron of the Cambodia Charitable Trust
Supporting Denise Arnold through the “Children of Cambodia – a rising generation” Photographic Exhibition.
The exhibition is proudly presented by the Cambodia Charitable Trust and with Auckland photographer Stacey Simpkin showcasing a collection of brilliant photos she took on a visit to Cambodia with the Trust team. This exhibition celebrates a rising generation of children, the transformative power of education and the gift of charity.
A whole generation of artists, intellectuals and teachers was lost to Cambodia at the hands of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Many families in Cambodia still live in desperate poverty but the country is gradually taking charge of its future, one child at a time.
On the night Theresa Gattung hosted, as well as hearing from Denise and Theresa, the Cambodia Charitable Trust were honoured to have Soeun Ouch, Country Manager for the Trust, and Penglong Ngor, Cambodia’s Director of Teacher Training, visiting New Zealand and joining us for the event. Soeun shared his story of growing up under the brutal Pol Pot regime, including his time as a child in the Khmer Rouge working gangs and how he started his education at 16, after the country was liberated.
Penglong spoke about challenges the country faces in educating its children and how the Tauranga-based Cambodia Charitable Trust is helping to overcome some of these. Ms Chhunchhay Koir - from the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is also visiting and will be available to speak with guests throughout the night.
More information on the Cambodia Charitable Trust https://cctnz.org.nz/
The exhibit is open until 1 October 2017 at Studio 541, 541 Mt Eden Road, Auckland
Denise Arnold - Founder of the Cambodia Charitable Trust talking to Photographer Stacey Simpkin and Soeun Ouch, Country Manager for the Cambodia Charitable Trust
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