Serving Children in Cambodia

AT A GLANCE:

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.

Over 30 years of political and civil unrest means Cambodia is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world. And so, by extension, Cambodian children are some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

Nearly 600,000 children have been orphaned due to AIDS, malnutrition, or poverty. And today, Cambodia continues to face the devastating, ongoing effects of COVID-19. For many weeks, strict policies prevented hundreds of thousands of Cambodians from leaving home. This left many without food or supplies for long stretches of time.

Families that were already poor or hungry became desperate for basic necessities.

As a result, Cambodians—and specifically Cambodian children—face a number of ongoing challenges today. Child trafficking, child labor, and significant malnutrition are high on the list. Specifically, as many as 40% of children in Cambodia under age 5 are malnourished. So many families cannot care for their children and end up releasing them to live on the streets.

With one-third of its citizens under age 15, Cambodia maintains one of the youngest populations in Asia. Over five million children have incredible potential to be leaders in their homes, communities, churches, and country.

 

Our goal is to reach children and migrant families in Cambodia with the Gospel. 

Meeting the physical needs of families in Cambodia, especially during the global pandemic, has allowed our leaders to build strong relationships with people in the community. Many have listened to the Gospel message, and more families than ever are coming to church and Bible study programs.


Population: 16,177,277

Capital: Phnom Penh, the most populous city in Cambodia

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

Language: Khmer (96.3%)

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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.

  • 107CHILDREN SERVED
  • 10IN-COUNTRY STAFF
  • 2MINISTRY SITES

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

May 23

Our Kids in Cambodia Are Thriving Because of This.

After nearly two years of shutdowns and cancelations due to the pandemic, restrictions in Cambodia are easing. And things are returning to normal. Our teammate and Program Director in Cambodia, Lisa, was recently able to return for a long-awaited visit. …Read More

March 28

Introducing: Drawn to Hope | A Cambodian Boy’s Illustrated Journey

Viratt, a young man from our ministry site in Bangpli, has just written and published Drawn to Hope, a beautifully illustrated story of his journey from Cambodia to Thailand and how he found hope in Christ. We’re so proud of …Read More

February 21

Look What’s New in Cambodia and Thailand!

Great news from Cambodia and Thailand! After nearly two years of shutdowns and cancelations, things are beginning to re-open. God truly makes all things new, and we’re excited to announce some brand new plans in Cambodia and Thailand for this …Read More

December 22

Merry Christmas from Cambodia and Thailand!

 Our team in Cambodia/Thailand is currently in the midst of their Christmas season, and we love seeing how they intentionally use the month of December to share the Gospel in their community.  Enjoy this new update from our team—   We love Christmas! …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 call Him ‘Father’ now.”

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