Over the years we have seen some really great progress with our work in Cambodia. To give you an idea, you can read about Soky Sokea here.
We can report that in October 2015 we purchased and refurbished a five storey flat in Phnom Penh. This will be used for our boys’ work known as Joshua House. Our Khmer board are now on the prowl for another 12 or so new children to come into the homes. Would you be interested to help support part of the costs for these new kids?
Vuthea’s Story – “When I arrived at Joshua House I started a new life”
Vuthea was born in the western Cambodian province of Pursat in 1990. One of fourteen children, Vuthea spent the majority of his childhood in poverty with his parents barely able to afford to feed their children. Many of Vuthea’s siblings were sick and any money the family did have was used for medicine and treatment. He never ate breakfast and did not even have a pencil for school.
For a long time Vuthea has wanted to become a doctor. Vuthea writes, “I don’t want people in a poor country to die because they don’t have a doctor or money.” He has seen many people in his village and even his own family die because of lack of access to medical treatment, something he is determined not to see happen in the future.
Vuthea is now in his fifth year of his medical degree. He would like to become a surgeon. He often volunteers for weekend night shifts at the national public hospital as a medical student to gain experience. He also volunteers his time teaching English at a local NGO.
Vuthea continues, “I am thankful for the support and advice that I have received from the Joshua House parents and supporters from overseas.”
Although the socioeconomic situation in Cambodia has improved, there is still a severe shortage of health clinics, basic infrastructure and education. The sex industry is huge and accompanied with this is an acute HIV rate. The life expectancy at birth was just 63 years in 2010. Cambodia has the highest infant and under-five mortality rates in the region. Malnutrition affects most Cambodian children with 45% showing moderate or severe stunting.
Primary school enrollment rates are high, but so many children repeat grades that it takes on average more than 10 years to complete primary school. Less than half of all students make it that far. (UNICEF, June 2011)
It was because of these factors that we decided back in the year 2000 to open up a boys’ home, Joshua House in the nations capital, Phnom Penh. Following this we commenced a girls’ home, Deborah House.
Similar to Vuthea above, we have seen some tremendous young women emerge from Deborah House who are now making their own way as community workers. Tharee Heng is one such person. Click here and scroll down the new page to read her wonderful story.
We have a dozen or more young people who have either graduated university or who are currently studying there. Thanks so much for your generosity in donating to such a venture.
The boys’ home, Joshua House has hit a major financial snag. Despite having three boys at Medical school and others graduating with civil engineering and law degrees we have a shortage of funds to keep operating their home. We are currently short of $400/month. If you would like to donate then just click here and we will tell you more.