North Providence-raised Jon Morgan first became troubled by the lack of health care on Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap Lake in the 1990s.
An estimated 100,000 people live on the lake. The poorest huddle in floating communities, barely surviving through subsistence fishing. Their homes are often fragile shacks cobbled together from woven reeds, scraps of plywood, tin sheet and tarpaulin, all lashed to wooden or bamboo rafts kept afloat on air-filled oil drums.
Morgan co-founded the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap in 1998, and noted that lake dwellers’ poverty, poor nutrition and lack of health care all combined to whip up a perfect storm of preventable diseases and treatable injuries that could ruin or end lives.
“I thought, my God, this is a nightmare,” says Morgan, now 67. “Somebody has to do something.”
Morgan’s solution was The Lake Clinic (usually abbreviated, rather neatly, to the acronym TLC), a non-governmental organization he established in 2007. Today, it operates five “floating clinics” catering to more than 10,000 people in nine of the most underserved Tonlé Sap communities.
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