With the many cremations we have been doing lately, we were running out of our supply of wood, and so I made mention of this one day to the COVID Team. It didn’t take long before the Governor of Takeo got the message and informed us that he would take care of it.
The kids worked hard on the first truckload, to stack the wood in piles, according to size, so that it can dry.
And right on cue, just as they were finishing their work, the ice cream man came by with frozen ice and ice cream cones. (How does he always know just when to come?)
We took our lunch break and the kids attended their homeschooling classes in the afternoon, however, all were back later in the afternoon when the second truckload arrived.
We are very grateful to the Governor for his assistance… but with so much wood donated, it worries me that he may know something that we don’t, about the future needs of our crematorium. Oh well, we are now well supplied with wood, and with our new seating in the shade for grieving family members, who decide to wait three to four hours for the cremation process…
and with our a newly completed prayer room…
and our new solar lights all around the building… we can now offer a twenty-four-hour funeral service just like my cousin Calvin Matthysse did for many years… although I would imagine he charged a little more than the $100.00 donation we average per funeral.
Thanks for stopping in on us, we really do appreciate your support and encouragement in these difficult days.
Since the implementation of the Sustainable Community Based Project For Orphans & Vulnerable Children, the awareness of the needs in the targeted villages and other locations has increased. People have been made poorer by COVID-19 and climate change and the gap between poor & rich is widening. Communities & individuals still need our support to reach sustainability.
The history of Partners in Compassion-Cambodia (PC-Cam) shows that we have a capacity to adapt. Our vision, dedication, motivation, and strong commitment to the poor and vulnerable, remain a core value of all of our programs.
This 38 years old widow lost her husband three years ago. She was left with little savings and had no land on which to plant rice. She began working in a garment factory while the children stayed with their grandmother and with assistance from the Sustainable Community Based Project For Orphans & Vulnerable Children, she was able to make enough to reduce some costs for food for their daily living. With the COVID-19 outbreak, however, the family’s livelihood deteriorated because the factory closed down and she could not find vegetables and other food in the field for their daily meals.
The factory has recently reopened and she has started working again, however, there is a concern the factory may close permanently if the COVID- 19 pandemic gets worse, and for that reason, she and her children continue to receive support.
This 53-year-old woman lost her husband several years ago and was left to take care of their 3 children alone. Because she could only find small jobs washing dishes, the children dropped out of school to help her. Thanks to assistance from PC-Cam two of the children were able to return to school and finish their education and she was given money to start a business. She purchased some chickens and ducks and built this small bamboo house for them. With some setbacks, she eventually was able to make some money from the enterprise and eventually opened a small restaurant with the profits. Today she no longer needs any support from the Project.
Life has improved considerably and she now acknowledges that without the initial financial aid and encouragement from the project she most likely would not have been motivated to continue. Her success is a result of having an improved outlook on life and learning to believe in herself. She has not forgotten the support she and her family received from the project and although she is no longer directly involved, she does volunteer with the project when she has free time.
Who doesn’t like hearing about success? The following story is from just one of the 250 OVCs and their caregivers who have been supported by Partners in Compassion-Cambodia (PC-Cam) through The Sustainable Community Based Project For Orphans & Vulnerable Children’s Program. Her success provides the incentive for our continuation with this and other PC-Cam programs.
Before PC-Cam’s support, this 38-year-old caregiver with three children lived in a small house made from timber, with a dilapidated roof and walls. When the monsoon time would come, she did not feel safe sleeping in her house. Her husband was a construction worker and the family was depended on his income, but it was not sufficient to feed the family. He was often not happy with her because she did not work and so she got a job in a garment factory… but after a year was forced to quit because her health was deteriorating. Returning home, she heard about the program offered by PC-Cam and applied for membership. She and her three children were accepted,
The project supported her in repairing her house and assisted the children in school. She started participating in some of its activities, such as a literacy class and a savings group. Later she joined a handicraft training and gained skills in weaving hammocks. Eventually, she was able to buy ducks and chickens and after some setbacks, they began to flourish.
We are happy to report that because her outlook on Life was changed she is now able to stay at home and help support her family… and she is very grateful to The Sustainable Community Based Project For Orphans & Vulnerable Children’s Program for the support it has given her.
AIMS OF THE PROGRAM 1. To provide additional Tuition to Children of School going age who have either missed out or are not receiving an adequate education through the public school system 2. With quality teaching staff and disciplined study times, these children will get back into the educational system and have an equal or even better chance at competing for work in the future.
PROJECT BENEFICIARIES Wat Opot Children’s Community Children of school attending age who have never attended school due to their HIV status Orphans who have never had the opportunity to attend school Orphans of HIV parents who had to take care of their parents in the illness thereby having to drop out of school.
Kompong Spue Province: Oh Prom Provide Education for children of internal migrants – families who are living illegally on land which is gradually being sold for development. Families are consequently forced to move to other locations