July 18, 2008

CAMBODIA UPDATE: Buses Ready for Children at Dump Site

Scott Norling

JMM Asia Director

After witnessing the hundreds of Cambodian children who survive on the refuse of others as they picked through a giant mound of metal, glass, discarded paper and rotting food, it became immediately apparent something must be done to help them live a better life.

Phnom Phen is home to many children who live on the edge, living in a cycle of poverty most in the western world can barely imagine let alone describe, even after witnessing it first hand. How do you make someone understand there are 4, 5 and 6 year old children working in garbage heaps with the hope they will make a mere 25 cents to help their families buy food for the day; or watch a 13-year-old boy scavenge through a pile of rotting garbage with a small light attached to his forehead searching for scrap metal and bits of paper to sell?

We wanted to establish a place of refuge where these children could come, enjoy a nutritious meal, take a shower and learn some basic reading and writing skills. We made the outreach mobile and outfitted a number of buses to travel each day of the week to help meet the needs of these children. Thank the Lord for the opportunity to minister to His children in this way.

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