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Empowering The Children of Rangsei Village: Isabelle

This week we have introduced you to just a few of the over 180 children who are attending our Believe in Me Rangsei school in rural Cambodia. The final child we want you to meet is little Isabelle, one of the ten children from the local dumpsite who are now able to receive an education. When we first visited the children at the landfill, we knew something urgently had to be done in order to help change their futures. Nine-year-old Isabelle was one of the first children who greeted us as we walked through what seemed to be a sea of garbage, flies, and waste.

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Empowering the Children of Rangsei: Hot Lunch Program

Over 40% of children in Cambodia suffer chronic malnutrition so serious that stunting and health issues are common. In many cases, the children’s naturally dark hair will turn blonde due to lack of good nutrition in a condition called Kwashiorkor malnutrition.  We’re working to change that number through our hot lunch program in our Believe in Me schools. Every day, cooks at our Believe In Me hot lunch program work hard to produce a nutritious meal for the 180 children who attend the school.  The kitchen facilities they use are very basic, and electricity is unavailable.

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Empowering The Children of Rangsei Village: Sadie and Neil

Yesterday we told you about our free “bus service” which we provide to help children in rural Cambodia reach school each day. Our tuk-tuk service picks children up from villages within a 20km radius of our school. Without this service, six-year-old Sadie would be unable to attend school. Sadie lives with an aunt and her two siblings due to the divorce of her parents when she was very small. Sadie’s aunt works at a local factory to earn enough money to support the children, but the family still struggles greatly to make ends meet.

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Empowering the Children of Rangsei: Trafficking Dangers

Cambodia has the highest rate of child labor in southeast Asia and remains a country plagued by sex trafficking, especially along the border regions. Without a doubt, the term “vulnerable” sadly applies to tens of thousands of children here. Children living in rural Cambodia are at risk of abduction if they walk through the countryside to get to school. Because of this, many parents in remote villages are unwilling to send their children to school. 

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Empowering the Children of Rangsei

Cambodia’s history under the Khmer Rouge was a brutal one, resulting in the deaths of almost two million people, decimating the country’s education system and throwing millions into abject poverty. After the regime was overturned, the school system in Cambodia had to be rebuilt almost from scratch, and countless people grew up illiterate. Life in the impoverished rural villages remains difficult. Many live without electricity or clean water, and a staggering 40% of children under the age of five are malnourished. Impoverished families, struggling to simply survive day by day, often felt education was a luxury they could not afford and had their children work rather than attend school.

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Adoption Grants for Four Children From Huainan

Four children who have been waiting for adoption may now be one step closer to finding permanent families of their own. Adoption grants in the amount of $3,000 are now available for each of these children shown in this blog.

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Art Contest in Sokhem Village

We have been working hard to get art, music, and creative writing integrated into the curriculum of our Believe In Me schools in Cambodia. To get the parents excited about art education, we recently held our first Believe In Me Sokhem School Art Contest and are proud to announce the winners!

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Mae’s Dream: A Community Learning Center in Rural Cambodia

When we began our work in rural Cambodia, we met with many of the teens and young adults in the region to discuss their personal dreams for impacting the community. One of them, Mae, was a senior in high school at the time. She recently graduated and is now in her first year of college on a full LWB scholarship. Mae is passionate about making a difference for the younger children in her village, many of whom live in immense poverty. She shared with us that she dreamed of creating a community center which would be a gathering space for all the children and youth to come together for positive and encouraging activities.

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Fostering Creativity in Cambodia

When LWB opened our new Believe in Me schools in rural Cambodia, we knew that art, creative writing, and music needed to become a regular part of the curriculum. Most government schools use a rote memorization system, and many of the children had never created artwork before or even seen a crayon. We’re excited to be making an investment in the arts, purchasing guitars and other instruments so the children can begin music lessons at an early age.

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Ary Village: A New School Program in Cambodia

2018 is just getting underway, but we already have wonderful news to share about our third and newest Believe in Me school in rural Cambodia, located in Ary Village. What makes our Believe In Me Ary Village school a very exciting project is that it is in partnership with the local Department of Education. Several months ago, we learned about an old school building which had fallen into disrepair in a region hit hard by poverty. This area has a similar demographic to both our Rangsei and Sokhem Village schools in that many of the children are “left behind” when their parents travel into Thailand searching for work. Malnutrition and illiteracy are sadly far too common.

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