Serving Children in Cambodia


Cambodia, a Southeast Asian nation, is known for many things, including a beautiful landscape, a glittering Royal Palace, and a political situation that–to this day–remains unstable. As a result, Cambodians–and specifically Cambodian children–face a number of challenges, including child trafficking, child labor, and significant malnutrition. Specifically, as much as 40% of children under age 5 are malnourished. Many families cannot care for their children and end up releasing them to live on the streets.

Population: 16,177,277

Capital: Phnom Penh

Religion: Buddhist (96.9%), Muslim (1.9%), Christian (0.4%)

Language: Khmer (96.3%)


Ministry Overview

We provide Gospel-centered hope to impoverished children.

We work to rescue oppressed children through sharing the Gospel and providing a way out of the hopeless situation found in migrant construction sites and slum communities. By providing rescued children with proper care, education, and discipleship, our hope is that they will become the indigenous missionaries of tomorrow.


Areas of Focus

Since 2012 we have worked to change the future of rescued children.

Intentional routine within each of our homes places discipleship at the center of daily life. Each morning, the children rise before school to read the Bible, pray, and worship. We end each day with corporate Bible study and worship, led by student leaders and staff members. Throughout the week, our doors are open to children from local communities to take part in special classes and events focused on spiritual development.

Our education goals are threefold. First, we seek to ensure children have the reading and writing skills necessary to enter government school. Second, we seek to provide the necessary resources–including cost of uniforms, books, and supplies–to children who need them. Finally, we offer practical support and enrichment through our learning centers, including homework help and specialized classes such as computers, English, and music.

We have developed business opportunities–such as a small restaurant, music education, and a cell phone repair shop–for two reasons. First, formal education is not a practical option for some of the older students we meet in local communities and villages. Second, too many university graduates still have trouble finding steady income. We continue to explore the possibility of adding more businesses in the future, with a particular focus on agriculture.

Stories and Updates

Joseph September 5

Can Child Sponsorship Really Make a Difference?

“Change this child’s life for $1/day!” Have you heard this mantra before and been skeptical? Can so little be beneficial? Joseph is a 16-year-old boy in our sponsorship program in Thailand, and he would answer a resounding, “YES!” “Since being …Read More

Children's Home and Learning Center July 18

How to Reach Children At Risk of Trafficking

Throughout the world, each year hundreds of thousands of children are sold or kidnapped by traffickers. Among the most vulnerable to trafficking are those living in poverty with little to no education. In Cambodia alone, an estimated 256,800 people are living …Read More

March 5

How Love Brought Jantu to Life | Cambodia / Thailand Update

God is doing big things in Cambodia because of your prayer and support! Meet Jantu Like most of the young children we meet on migrant construction sites in Thailand, 3-year-old Jantu was sorely lacking in basic developmental skills–both physical and …Read More

October 30

Little Li Hou's Big Decision | Cambodia & Thailand Update

Because of your support and prayer, God is doing exciting things at Lifesong Cambodia & Thailand. Take a look– 14-year-old Chris became sponsored in February of this year during our Valentine’s campaign to #LoveOne. He is a wonderful young man who …Read More

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“I was once close to starvation, almost ready to die, waiting on food from morning until midnight, but now I have no fear. I can Him ‘Father’ now.”

Li Houone of the first children to join the children’s home