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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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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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In order to help people in the remote and poor areas is what Serve Cambodia have tried our best and seek for many ways to assist people both children and adults in the health sector and other as well as giving education. Most Cambodians who are living in slum or dump areas and remote villages are getting hard to learn about healthcare education. Understanding of prevention often can be hard for them to take time to learn beside spending their whole daily life for picking up rubbishes, etc. to earn a tiny income.

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Recently, the Medical Outreach project of Serve Cambodia has collaborated with Medical Mission Direct to provide a short clinic service in purpose to see they have a better health. Moreover, we do the short training during clinic service as relevant hypertension, diabetes, skin care, acknowledge taking medication correctly. Surely, they will be hardly alleviated if they don’t understand the prevention. We examined their blood pressure, blood sugar and advise them to take bath properly, regularly and hygiene living which could help them to evade any diseases.

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Furthermore, for the people in Bakou village (it is called dump area because it is located at a rubbish dump) are getting many skin infections and allergies.  Likewise, they are working daily in the whole day with rubbishes for their livelihood so most of them get a skin infection, dry skin, rash, itching, and allergy. Despite their toil, they do not even have sufficient time or money for their health or medication. We cleaned and put some cream or gave some basic medications and bandage the wound for the children as well. Another key thing to remember is that the people do not have time for exercise outside of their work all day which effects to their muscle and causes physical problems such as get pain or hard to move for some parts of their bodies. Consequently, we taught them some physical exercise instructions which is a helpful and short time in just 5 minutes so they can do every day.

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As we had a short time for each place we spent half a day for the community around TLC centre, half a day for the community around HOH centre plus one full day for Bakou village. There are 49 children and 37 adults got this medical checkup during that time.

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Above all, we are so exhilarated to give this service to such needy people and get to know their situation. We believe that we still can further opportunities to help these people in further cooperation. Thank you so much to Mission Direct for their help, and also to the other people who donate money for Serve Cambodia’s medical outreach work in our community. Without your help we would be unable to do these things.

by Nineaka Sim (Serve Cambodia’s School Nurse)

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