The Buddha was once asked to name the key for happiness. He pondered a moment, then replied “If you want to be happy, practice compassion”. Nu Tarth practices compassion.
His life today is far removed from where it began as a child on the “Killing Fields” of the Pol Pot regime. After pulling together the half of his family that survived those times, he put himself through college and started a tour business in Siem Reap. However, memories of the deprivation he lived through never left him. His agency is no ordinary for profit business, and the money generated provides some of the funds needed to support his charity work. In addition to the orphanage and school he runs, nearly 100 wells drilled throughout the area have his fingerprints on them.
I met Tarth on a trip through this war-torn land and was inspired by his resiliency to endure what he has and to bounce back to where he is. After returning home my colleagues and I pooled our donations and sponsored a well. Take a moment to view his web presence (go to the link below and then click on the Charity Projects, then select Clean Water) to see examples of his work. For the small sum of $250 you can support his efforts and save a family the misery of surviving on dirty water. The beneficiaries of your compassion will thank you.
For an update on this story, Update: Compassion in Cambodia
Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. Together with his wife and co-pilot Christine Johnson, their college days were spent enjoying many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars. Today these excursions are typically press trips and hotels, but gathering unique experiences by getting to know places and people rather than observing as tourists is still their approach to travel. After numerous journeys to North/Latin/South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, they believe this is the true way to experience different cultures.