The People Improvement Organization has opened a Gift Shop on its school site at Stung Meanchey to offer its visitors the opportunity to support the project by purchasing a few small items that they have to offer.
Sok Somaly seen here in the shop working on her original Khmer style artworks,(she is a pupils at the school), which a one a several items being offered to visitors. Some of the other items include, jewelry, silks and the ever omnipotent Cambodia T-Shirts but better to buy them here as all the proceeds go to support the PIO.
Paul Wilson, an Autralian visitor making his first visit to PIO in the shop with Somaly and Dawee (one of PIO's Teachers) makes a few purchases. He tells me he was very impressed with the whole project and that it was being run by Khmers for Khmers.
This is another example of the self help attitude and initiatives that are primary within the structure of PIO.
- Sok Sobi. I enjoy taking pictures of people and places, particular interest in Landscape, People and Travel photography. Pictures and stories that bring Social Awareness and the potential for long term social change or policy are important to me. I use Canon Digital Cameras (EOS 1Ds,1D Mk1,2,4 plus Powershot G11) with a selection of Canon lenses, the 24-105 IS f4L being my favourite at present. I use Lightroom & Photoshop Elements to edit my work. Canon equipment and lenses give me just what I need, reliability and high IQ. I am now living and working in Cambodia, South East Asia, using Phnom Penh as a base to explore the region. I publish stories that are important to me on my blog but always try to give a balanced picture.