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Hello from OneChild Partners in Cambodia! Your support and prayers mean so much to us and the children here. Thank you!

Ever since the pandemic shut down schools, limited in-person gatherings, and interfered with regular Hope Center activities, our Child Champions have visited every child in the program approximately twice per week. These caring mentors supply lessons and learning materials to ensure that kids do not fall behind in their studies, and they bring nutritional supplements such as soy milk and multi-vitamins to help their families stay healthy.

These visits also give Child Champions the opportunity to pray with parents and caregivers and gather input from the children about their experiences with the OneChild program. The kids are so happy to receive this personalized care, but they miss gathering at their Hope Centers to enjoy the group games and activities, study materials, special celebrations, and spiritual lessons provided there. An end to COVID is still foremost among their prayers, and many of the children have changed their dreams of future occupations from serving as teachers and police officers to becoming doctors and nurses because they have witnessed such a great need for medical care in their communities.

Cambodia school children in classroom

Most causes of poverty in Cambodia are so large-scale that children here feel helpless to make any significant change. But with guidance and encouragement from their Child Champions, they are able to HOPE. Recognizing and rewarding accomplishments bolsters our children’s confidence that they can succeed and pursue opportunities for higher education. And as they follow the lead of these beloved role models and develop a genuine relationship with God through prayer, songs of praise, and Bible study, our kids become more and more excited and comforted by a reliance on His provision.

But it’s not just the Child Champions from children’s Hope Centers who are making a difference in their lives — it’s also their sponsors. Messages and small gifts from sponsors bring the children so much joy. Photographs are especially treasured and proudly displayed in their homes. Knowing there is someone far away who cares so much about them has such a positive impact on their daily lives and outlook for the future. We truly could not do this work without the support and generosity of caring sponsors and donors.

If you know anyone who might be just the right person to help a child in Cambodia feel seen, known, and loved, please encourage them become a sponsor!

Spreading the Good News,

Ken Huff

Field Ministry Partner, Cambodia

Dareth Ly

Field Ministry Partner, Cambodia

Kelly Robinette

Field Ministry Partner, Cambodia

Ken Huff

Ken Huff, Field Ministry Partner, Cambodia

Dareth Ly

Dareth Ly, Field Ministry Partner, Cambodia

Kelly Robinette

Kelly Robinette, Field Ministry Partner, Cambodia

About Cambodia

Child Champions in Cambodia tell us about their country.

Cambodia is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is a tropical country where temperatures vary little throughout the year, and the diverse landscape includes forested mountains, high plateaus, coastal areas, and rice fields. Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, was once called “the pearl of the orient.” Unfortunately, the country is now more notoriously known for their “Killing Fields” because of the tragic genocide that took place during the 1970s. And despite being filled with resilient, friendly, family-oriented people, 20% of the nation’s 17.3 million citizens still suffer the effects of the past and live below the poverty line. The financial strain often leads to broken families, where children are left with aging grandparents as their parents sometimes divorce, remarry, and move away to find work.

Most of Cambodia’s poor do not have indoor plumbing or electricity, and their diet consists of mainly fish, rice, and vegetables since they are unable to afford more expensive food items. They have little access to medical care, and a great percentage cannot send their children to “free” public schools because of the extra cost of uniforms and learning supplies.

Offering children a chance to attend school is a great way to bring hope to families in hard places in Cambodia.

In Cambodia, education is extremely important. Education opens doors and creates opportunities for citizens to become independent, earn livable incomes, and advance themselves. It’s truly the key to a better life. However, the past civil war that damaged the country’s infrastructure means that the educational system is still poor today due to corruption and a lack of vision. So, offering children the chance to attend school is one the best ways to bring hope to this hard place.

Plus, compared to other countries in the region, Cambodia has a young population, which provides a great opening for sharing about God. OneChild is uniquely positioned to impact the lives of Cambodia’s children and help them move beyond the horrors of the past and into a brighter future.

Cambodia Hope Centers

 

Cambodia 2 smiling girls

Children living in rural Cambodia have the most difficulty gaining access to medical care and education. Because of this location-based disadvantage, they are more vulnerable to being trafficked or abused than children in urban settings where there is a concentration of medical and educational resources provided by the government. For this reason, OneChild focuses on serving these outlying areas, contextualizing their program to best meet the unique needs of these children. In partnership with local churches, OneChild ensures that they have access to good nutrition and quality schooling, giving them a reason to HOPE.

 

Cambodia school children in classroom

With the generosity of sponsors and donors, teachers and Child Champions working in Hope Centers receive the support and teaching aids they need to keep students safe, healthy, and engaged. They provide children with the uniforms, school supplies, and nutritional supplements their caregivers would not otherwise be able to afford and give the next generation a chance to heal from the longstanding effects of war, poverty, and family dysfunction.

We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.

Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)