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During a vacation trip to Cambodia in 1994, we fell in love with the country and its people. But we were especially touched by the impact on children in areas still controlled by the Khmer Rouge, almost twenty years after "Year Zero". Education and health care were rudimentary.

In 1999 we were lucky enough to find a way to help, via a school building and teacher training program started by Save the Children. From the early pilots, this is now a vibrant program covering hundreds of schools and thousands of children.

Our personal journey led us to other countries, meeting hundreds of children, many of whom are pictured in this book. We are pleased to donate proceeds of this book to Save the Children.


About the Author

Mick Yates
mickyates United Kingdom
My day job is a Board level consultant on the strategic and leadership implications of the Big Data technology revolution. Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds. Founded LeaderValues, one of web's most popular Leadership development resources. Previously led International Markets at dunnhumby, the "Customer Science" Big Data company. Before that, was a regional CEO, having spent over 30 years working in Europe, the USA and across Asia Pacific, with Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. Our family founded a program building schools in the Khmer Rouge Reconciliation Areas of Cambodia, and I was  a member of Save the Children (USA) Board of Trustees. Originally a painter, heavily influenced by the images and music of the time. I still like to create "painterly" works in whatever medium I am working in. I love colour - but also see strength in form and composition via black and white. I love drama. If I have any kind of "vision", it is about a "sense of place or personality”.

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