TFish representative John Kieu visited the Kampong Cham Children's Home in Cambodia on June 4, 2016. He met the orphans in the current home and also saw the new dorms being constructed that we are helping to build.
Traveling Dirt Roads
On Saturday, June 4, 2016 Pastor Sinai and his associate led our team of 10 to the children's home in Kampong Cham. We took Pastor Sinai's car and our van to get there. The home is about 80 kilometers from our headquarters, and the journey took about 90 minutes. We arrived at the destination at approximately 11 AM. The home is located in the rural areas of Kampong Cham province, outside of the city center. Once off the main highway, we had to take a dirt road to the site.
New Homes Under Construction
Pastor Sinai first led us to the site where the new homes are currently being constructed. There are to be 2 separate single-story buildings facing each other, each on one side of the property. One will be a boys dorm and the other a girls dorm. The building currently being constructed will be for the boys.
Construction began about 2 months before our visit date. The walls inside the buildings are made of bricks and the roof and ceiling are supported by metal reinforcements.
Each new building will have 2 restrooms built inside. However depending on need, there may be an extra 4 restrooms to be constructed on the outside, which have not been included in the estimated cost of the buildings.
The two dormitories are built on 1 hectare of land, purchased for $20,000. The purchased land was very inaccessible by vehicle, so a dirt road was built which cost $5,000.
The boys dormitory is expected to be finished and put to use by the end of July. The girls dormitory, which has not started construction, is estimated to be completed in 4 to 5 months. Once the new buildings are completed and the children have moved in, the original facility will be turned into a community center.
Original Children's Home
The home is a Christian one. The children have prayer/devotion time in the morning and at night before bedtime every day. They are taught to read the Bible and worship together. On a few days during each month, the children are even sent out into the community to evangelize and preach the Gospel to the locals. During the day, they go to nearby local Khmer schools where they attain their basic education. There is a full time staff of 6 who care for the children and provide them 3 meals a day.
The children's home in totality was built with the efforts and contributions of various Christian organizations. From the construction and maintenance of the main structures to the decorative artworks, many have come through and made an impact for the children of this community.
We stayed at the children's home for about 2 hours. We interacted with the kids by talking to them, playing with them, and praying for them. We sang worship songs and even taught them cute little dances. All in all it was a fantastic experience. I was so touched to see the lives of these kids having been changed by the dedicated efforts of the staff at the home as well as the many others who have helped. With continuing support, these children's future are brighter than before.
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