In the Bible reveals God’s attitude toward orphans and widows: He cares very deeply for them. God commands us to protect and care for orphans and widows (Psalm 82:3).

Recently, Serve Cambodia has helped a boy from Harvest of Hope Centre who is living with a single mother and two brothers. He has joined HOH since he was 7 years old. He is a mature, kind, industrial with his study and never being lazy, he keeps coming to school even he gets sick as he could. Since he was 5, while he was playing around with other boys in the village, he crushed the nail into his left upper eyelid. When the mother returned from work she only applied tiger balm on it and will never note that it is a severe injury. Until the boy turned to 7 years old the scar has been developing as a tumour on the skin of his eyelid.

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Husbands and fathers play an irreplaceable role in a family. When the man is not there, the wife and child can suffer in many ways. Sadly, because the mother is so poor and won’t be able to bring her boy to the hospital for any checkup or treatment. Likewise, she has no job because of getting older with blurry vision and won’t be able to sew a good clothe like before, so she was halted from the work.

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We concern about this and we share this news to our partners finding the supporters to cover on his eyes operation. We are really thankful for our friends in Australia for their generous support, care and pray for this boy.

Finally, from 25th of February 2019, we assisted this boy to get a good treatment in one government hospital, called: Preah Ong Doung Hospital.  After blood testing, CT scan and diagnosis from the specialist Doctors, his eye was found that there was a tumour which needs the operation immediately. Until on 28th  of Feb 2019, he got the surgery successfully.

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Then the tumour was researched whether it is the cancerous tumour or non-cancerous tumour. And on 20th of March 2019, we brought him to the hospital again for the finalized result. Fortunately, there is no evidence of malignancy.

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All things considered, this is our pleasure to look around who need help and attention like this. Significantly, Serve Cambodia found that there is a tremendous blessing in serving and standing up for orphans and widows as well.

by Nineaka “Nika” Sim (Serve Cambodia’s School Nurse)

 

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Mar/19

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Water Baptism

Fellowship of Hope Church is very proud of the young school students in our communities around the Phnom Penh and Happy Village areas who have heard the Gospel for so long and many times from the servants of God, and lately they have decided to follow Jesus. On February 09, 2019, at Mlup Mean Water Park, there were 43 children who received water baptism.

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Our members of Fellowship of Hope Church organized the program.  We sang praise and preached short message about the meaning of water baptism, after that we make two roles for baptize in a large swimming pool. There were two pastors minister as baptizer for our students.

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After the program finish, all students have chance to swim in the pool and some students are also learning to swim until noon, and we have lunch together.

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On Sunday service, we find that six of the students came to join the church service to hear the Word of God, and join the church activities and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ.

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We believe that this event is a fruit of hard work of the people in our church congregations (including some of them who work or volunteer in the Serve Cambodia education centres and other local community development projects) who never neglect in demonstrating God’s love to the local children, preaching the gospel and to God be glorify!!!

By Phanna Hun

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Feb/19

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Cooking Competition

In order to make the atmosphere more interesting and to encourage healthy diets and teach home cooking skills, our Serve Cambodia education centres have organized a cooking competition that cook by our students in school. We divided our students into six main groups with three group for the morning classes and another three group for the afternoon classes.

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Our dishes on the menu are things like Som Lor kor ko, Chha Kapik and Nhoum Sdout – these are Cambodian tradition food. All of these recipes the students have learnt how to cook from the beginning of the week, and this weekend, that is the time to release the ability and to show the result they have learned!

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At the beginning, we see that each group is united, assigning different roles to doing something like picking vegetables, washing vegetables, slice the meat. Every single group they all need to bring the cooking materials for their own team.

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After 15 minutes, the smell of the food starts to fly out, making everyone more motivated to do more and looks forward to eating. Not as long before all three teams had finished their cooking and they decorated the food nicely to attract the attention of the judge and people around.

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Finally, we see that all the groups have been demonstrate their cooking very well and the food taste yummy and everybody had meal together with happy smile! We hope that each student can take home the lessons they are learning about healthy eating, safe food preparation and confidence in their cooking skills to contribute to their family, and to help their life when they are older with children of their own. They can also enjoy learning and celebrating their own Cambodian culture with traditional recipes, and maybe someone will even discover a new passion for cooking as their career option.

by Phanna Hun (Serve Cambodia Education Director)

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Nov/18

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Girl Talk

In Cambodia, as is custom most girls would not feel comfortable and confident talking about feminine health. This is the reason which compels them to choose to be silent. It seems better than talking or learning about this, in case they will be embarrassed and ashamed and criticized for sharing or asking about their concerns and about any risks they are facing.

Serve Cambodia’s program called “Girl Talk” is created to help young girls. It is targeted towards girls who are around the age of 12 up to be involved in knowing about their health care. It may be that they start adolescent behavior. They are at an age where they feel like they cannot talk about what is happening to their body. In this class, we discuss the use of sanitary products, as well as sexually transmitted disease and what is to be expected during puberty in a safe environment.

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Because turning to this age their bodies are changing; their moods may be unpredictable and sometimes hard to explain. These changes are normal. This Girl Talk is designed to help our teenage girls at Serve Cambodia’s three education centers to understand the common physical and emotional changes they are going through and to deal responsibly with new personal and social situations they may encounter.

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And also for us, as adults to seek an opportunity to be close with them and be able to share the love of Jesus as well because Jesus was not ashamed to heal the woman who bled for many years. He knew it was not her fault and it was not a sin. It is something that happens to every girl and every woman. It is the way a girl becomes a woman and it is the way for her to be able to do what God thinks is very special – it makes her so she can have children and the bleeding is just a way of the body preparing for this. The blood is not bad nor a reason to feel shame. It is just the body cleaning itself from the inside. The blood is no worse than is sweat or our need to go to the toilet. IT IS NATURAL AND GOOD AND HEALTHY. And also to value their body for a marriage.

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However we have taught them about body change for the puberty, the body changes its shape. Girls start to get breasts and for the hips to become a bit bigger. This is also to help a girl become a woman. It is more natural for the baby to want to suck the mother’s breast instead of a bottle and it is healthier for the mother and the baby. This is something that will be taught when they are pregnant – not now.

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They are also taught about noticing the changes in their body each month, managing their healthy diet, and developing helpful sanitary practices that will prevent any diseases or discomfort from developing. Many of the girls have never heard about these things from their family before, and are always very excited to learn more and to ask many questions in a safe and supportive environment without shame or embarrassment.

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We hope through this class girls could be able to know more about their health, and protecting their reproduction as well. Hopefully, they will be able to teach others and aware that this is necessary to learn. They will also be able to pass on this information to the next generation when they have their own children.

by Nineaka “Nika” Sim (Serve Cambodia’s School Nurse)

 

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