Reviews for ‘Home, a Cambodian story’
I was captivated by the vibrant brush-work of Sao Sreymao, which literally draws you in to the lives of the characters and brings the complex web of issues unfolded in the text to vivid and unforgettable life. You must read this book… These words and pictures may help you refocus on how to really make young Cambodian lives better, by enabling children to stay with their families.
Founder and International Director, Friends International
Home is a compelling and thought-provoking book which explores the complexities and myths of orphan care. Andy Gray forces us to think about the impact institutional care has on vulnerable children and their families. As an Ethiopian adoptee, I’m in awe of this heartfelt and insightful book which humanizes children living in orphanages, explains the advantages of reuniting families, and honors the first families who would keep their children if only they had some basic support.
Writer at Lost Daughters
It speaks directly and powerfully to the heart, with an important message about what HOME means. Allow the tale of these vulnerable children, with names and families and heart-breaking dilemmas, to sink in. Then let the story behind the story inform your actions. Truly an important work.
Founder and Director, Alongsiders International
and Author of Urban Halo
Through a simple story and beautiful illustrations, Home provides a strong and needed message to the world that permanent and healthy families immersed in their communities, not institutions or handouts, are what children need to fully develop their God-given skills, talents, and gifts so that they can flourish and thrive in their communities.
In this brave and important story, Sao Sreymao uses powerful imagery to take the reader into the world of Po and Ti, two children who find themselves separated from their families and living in an orphanage – a story that will be familiar to millions of children around the world. Andy Gray’s photographs shine a light on the bonds of love found in traditional Cambodian family homes, which – sadly – children in even the best orphanages miss out on.
Founder and Director, Cambodian Children’s Trust
(From her Introduction to the print edition)
The story of Po and Ti provides a great insight into some of the challenges facing children and families in Cambodia, and how models such as family strengthening, community support, and foster care are better alternatives to the current dominant orphanage system. It’s a great read for all those involved in child care projects in Cambodia.
Director, Better Care Network
I hope everyone who reads this beautifully written book will see the alternatives to institutional care and help create a brighter future for the world’s children.
Creative Producer, Seedling Media
In the interest of helping vulnerable children and impoverished families, we need to examine our methods and find ways to improve, and this book does just that.
Director, Heartline Ministries, Haiti
There are many of us spending our lives on behalf of vulnerable children. Consequently, we have a sacred obligation to use the resources entrusted to us to intervene in the most effective and lasting way. It is imperative that we continually educate ourselves and the inspiring story of Po and Ti is a powerful introduction to family-based care for the most vulnerable and precious among us..
President & CEO, Asian Hope
The book covers many of the issues why children are placed into orphanages and the difficulties they encounter during their separation from family, friends and community. Definitely a must read for anyone wanting to work with vulnerable children.
Founder and Director, Substitute Families for Abandoned Children