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our wish list - big stuff, small stuff and lots in between

Due to popular demand, here is a mish-mash wish list to help the willing decide what they would like to do/give/buy/bring for the geckos. From big things all the way down to unexciting practical needs... any of the following would be gratefully and humbly received.
:: HOTTEST ON THE WISH LIST (cheaply available here in Siem Reap!)
  • Bandages, band aids, alcohol swabs and Betadine (kids will be kids ;) )
  • Shoes! Shoes and more shoes! (Sandshoes/trainers/sneakers/ Croc style... anything! (for school shoes - ages 5-19)  (sizes 30-48)
  • Cotton pyjamas (boys and girls, all sizes)
  • Shampoo (we use it by the bucketload!)
  • Laundry powder (for clothes)
  • Electrolyte satchets (available from any pharmacy)
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Dish washing liquid, sponges and cloths
  • Bicycle helmets
  • 685 HP Ink cartridges Black, Cyan, Magneta, Yellow (for HP Deskjet 3525)
:: TO BRING WITH YOU
:: IF YOU ARE ALREADY HERE

These are the things we constantly need and are easy and inexpensive to get once you are here:

  • Underwear (older teenage boys' sizes) - boy-leg style
  • School backpacks or bags
  • Large kramas (checkered traditional sarongs)
  • Whiteboard markers (Pentel Maxiflow work the best here)
  • A4 white office paper
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Medical gloves
:: TO SEND BY POST, COURIER OR FREIGHT

Not to sound ungrateful but... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING please. The last generous donation sent from overseas was on the docks for 8 months accompanied with hassles, wasted time and financial demand.

:: THINGS THAT ARE NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA TO BRING OR SEND :-(
  • Textas or felt tip markers (they only end up being used once and then they dry out)
  • Stuffed toys (we have lots and the dust from the road loves them more than the kids do)
  • Skimpy revealing clothes such as mini skirts, halter necks, low cut tops (Khmer style is shy and modest)
  • Synthetic clothes (weather is too hot and sticky)
  • Playing cards (too reminiscent of the gambling games that contributed to their families demise)
  • Plastic toys (we believe one of the reasons Cambodian kids have such wonderful imaginations and playing skills is because they haven't been inundated with toys, so why change something when you are onto a good thing)
  • Lollies, sweets and soft drinks (keeping the kids calm and their teeth healthy!)
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