Archive for June 2013



Celebration time at TLC!

Recently Tarsha’s Legacy Centre celebrated it’s fifth birthday! This was a very special time for all the staff, students and families to celebrate together. As you can see, it was filled with lots of fun and a chance for students to show off the skills that TLC has helped to teach them. The students were able to show their dancing, music, language and craft skills to help to celebrate their time at TLC.

Because of TLC, many students who would otherwise be too poor to access good education are able to come to the education centre and learn skills that will help them to have a bright future. It is a great blessing TLC has reached it’s fifth birthday, despite the many challenges that every community project like this faces over its lifetime.

It was also a special blessing that Catherine Charlesworth (the mother of Tarsha, who TLC is named after), was able to attend as guest of honour and share with everyone the story of Tarsha’s life and the legacy she left behind. We think that Tarsha would be so excited and proud to see the work that has been done in her name over the past 5 years at this centre, and hearing directly from Catherine was a fitting way to recognise that.

Thankyou to the many people who sponsor, support and show their love to the children and staff of TLC! And thanks to our God, because through his love and provision all of these things have been made possible.

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Every year we can clearly see that God is providing and caring for us. He has always been faithful to his church, growing Fellowship of Hope’s congregations at a fast pace, sharing the love of Christ all around Cambodia. And also in the growth and development of Serve Cambodia as a young organisation building a brighter future for the poor of this country.

In 2012 we were so encouraged by everyone’s support of our fundraising goals. All of Serve Cambodia’s budget needs were met, and both TLC and HOH education centres were brought near to full sponsorship despite an increase in students from the Kian Klieng housing relocations. Many people around the country were also blessed through the ministry of Fellowship of Hope.

Here is an update on the 2013 Serve Cambodia fundraising goals, and we would appreciate your prayer and continued support in these areas:

* Of the most pressing need is the AUD$26,000 still needed before the end of this year to provide the ‘support services’ through Serve Cambodia that keep all of the projects like TLC, HOH, LOH and the community development projects running. These costs include staff wages and health insurance, development of the Light of Hope education centre, transportation costs, internet connections to enable us to communicate with everyone, public liability and building insurance, uniforms, community work in Happy Village and Prey Sor, family seminars, etc.

* Staff sponsorships for two project workers, two teachers, two cooks and two cleaners, which each cost AUD$150 per month.

* At Harvest of Hope the number of kids that still need sponsors is in single figures, and now we have begun to extend the sponsorship program to the Light of Hope centre, which will bring amazing blessing and opportunity to the nearly 100 students there.  These sponsorships cost AUD$40 per month. As happened with HOH last year, in 2013 we pray that LOH will reach a sustainable level of sponsorship by Christmas time. This will mean that the full educational, health and nutritional program can be up and running at LOH in the same way as the other 2 centres.

*AUD$2,400 for a staff training retreat that we hope to run this year. The aim of this is to not only improve our staff’s skills and teamwork, but to thank them for the incredible job they’ve done in the past year.

We give thanks to our God for his faithfulness in the past, and trust that he will do so again in the remainder of 2013. And we also want to thank you, for all of your love and support. Whether you have been praying, fundraising, raising awareness of our work or assisting financially, all of your love and care for the people of Cambodia is such a blessing. We really appreciate the part you have played so far, and ask that you please continue to support us this year in maintaining the work that has been started.

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Light of Hope update

There has been lots happening lately at Light of Hope, the newest of Serve Cambodia’s 3 education centres.

Pastor Vuth says, “LOH is a small centre in Doung village, many children from the surrounding area come to study at this centre. They come mainly from two villages, called Doung and Makak. There are two classes, one for kindergarten children and the other one is for bigger children. For the bigger children we provide activities such as language, literature, maths, story time and also songs. Now we are running some more programs like computer class, music, hygiene and health.” As you can see, the new guitars and second hand computers that were donated a few months ago are being put to very good use!

Light of Hope was also recently visited by Samaritan’s Purse and given special gifts through their shoe box project. Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian Charity that sends shoe boxes full of gifts to orphans and vulnerable children living in often difficult circumstances around the world. The children of Light of Hope were so excited to receive these beautiful gifts.

Pastor Vuth and the LOH staff have a vision to empower the children of Makak and Doung villages, and to give them a good future. He asks, “Please help us pray for the works that we’re running to teach our children. They’re so happy and smile together. May God bless you all.”

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