From Touchstone Issue #9 See Full Issue

Hope Restored in Cambodia

Kimlang lived in a rural village in Kandal province in Cambodia. Kimlang lost hope and had a broken heart when her father was arrested for drug abuse and her mother went to have a new family. Her mother left her behind with her grandfather. Kimlang’s life became tough and worse because she felt no hope and was broken when her parents left her. After that, all of the responsibilities were on her grandfather, which is why her grandfather needs to take all care of his granddaughter. He really works hard in order to bring his granddaughter up and to study. But it was really hard for him to find a good job and earn enough money to support his granddaughter, as he is an old man.

Her grandfather said “I faced a very huge problem with financial support and I did not have enough money to support my granddaughter to go to school, including buying some school materials and school uniforms. That was why sometimes my children missed a lot of classes. That was a struggling time for me to find help to support my granddaughter. More than this, I also did not have enough money to buy rice, food and food ingredients to support her daily living situation. Being an old man, I felt that I had no hope to help and support my granddaughter.”

By God’s grace in 2014, a caseworker of PF Cambodia who works in Kandal province got the information from a partner and then they went directly to meet Kimlang at her house for an assessment. Finally, she was registered in The Child’s Journey Program of PF Cambodia. So, it made her and her grandfather extremely happy to have new hope after the registration.

When Kimlang registered in the program she received our services with education, health, safety and spiritual engagement. She has received things such as school material and school uniforms. She also has received a battery-electric bike from our service so that it can help her to go to study on time and excel in her studies. Every year our caseworker always brings her to have an annual health check at the hospital. She also received regular food assistance which really helps her and her family’s daily living conditions. PF Cambodia caseworkers regularly visit her and her grandfather to ensure they are staying safe. The PF Cambodia caseworker taught child rights and protection to Kimlang and her grandfather as well. More than this, she received the Bible, and then she started to read and to learn through the Bible every day. Kimlang and her grandfather are very happy and grateful for what they have received from our program.

In addition, recently her father was released from prison, so this is new hope for her and her family. She is extremely excited because her father came back to live with her. Now her father got a job as a construction worker. So he can earn some income to support the whole family and it really makes her family live better with joyful hope.

Kimlang and her grandfather are thankful for PF Cambodia, caseworkers, volunteer partners and mentors for always supporting and taking care of them.

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