Two Years in the Kingdom- Wat Opot Childrens Community

December 27, 2017

Screenshot-2017-12-28 Instagram post by Wat Opot Childrens' Community • Jan 13, 2017 at 5 43pm UTC

Hello All, and thanks for following me. This weeks blog post is about Wat Opot Childrens Community. Wayne Matthysse was a medic in the Vietnam War. He was one of only two that survived the war out of his entire company. After working in Honduras for 12 years he decided to return to Cambodia. Without money, connections or even knowing how to speak Khmer he opened an AIDS hospice with a Cambodian friend he had met. Back then the medications for treatment were not yet available and little was understood on how AIDS was contracted. Therefore, people diagnosed with AIDS were often completely abandoned by their family and community. They were left to die on their own even if they contracted the virus through no fault of their own. Wayne offered these people a place to die with dignity and care. As more people died at Wat Opot they often left children behind that were now homeless and also carrying the virus. Wat Opot is no longer a hospice but an orphanage for these children, many of which are HIV positive. Wat Opot is about 10 K from where I live and I get up there when I can. More on Wayne and Wat Opot to come.

Disclaimer: The content of this website is mine alone and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Cambodian Government.


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