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Cambodia Education Programs Continue Despite COVID

When schools in Cambodia shut down again due to rising COVID cases, our teachers were understandably frustrated. The students were making great progress, and they didn’t want them to lose momentum or become discouraged. So, our always-innovative Believe In Me Sokhem teachers decided to deliver schoolwork to their students at home!

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New Beginnings in Cambodia

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, LWB has been able to deliver over 500,000 pounds of emergency food supplies to children and their families during COVID. As we’ve headed out into new locations, we’ve met some truly remarkable people along the way. Today, I want to introduce you to a very special family from rural Cambodia.

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Love for Leap Village

The amazing LWB community has provided emergency food supplies to hungry children around the world for the past year. We have been so thankful to be able to bring essential and life-sustaining food to villages and orphanages most in need. One of the extra blessings of having our teams go out to the most remote regions is that we are then able to identify other critical needs for children that we try our best to address. When our team first went to Leap Village, a rural Cambodian village near the border of Thailand, they were surprised at how many landmines still cover the area.

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Dream Big for Vithu Village: Amanda

Today, we’d like you to meet 11-year-old Amanda.  She and her two siblings have lived in Vithu Village for the last several years after her parents heard that land was being made available for people living in great poverty. They took the opportunity to move to this remote region and were finally able to set up a home of their very own.

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Dream Big for Vithu Village: Anna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda, a sweet 12-year-old with seven brothers and sisters. Her mother, who works as a migrant worker in the cassava fields, moved her family to remote Vithu Village two years ago after hearing that people who were severely impoverished could get a small plot of land of their very own.

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Dream Big for Vithu Village: Kian

All this week, we’ll be introducing you to some of the children living in remote Vithu Village, a region in western Cambodia which just five years ago was littered with landmines. As the explosive devices have been cleared, an increasing number of impoverished families have moved to the village despite it having no electricity, clean water, or school for the children. Of the 90 children who currently live in Vithu Village, most suffer from chronic malnutrition. LWB has set a big goal to start a primary school in the heart of Vithu Village, including a daily hot lunch program, to make sure the children have the opportunity to receive an education and a nutritious meal each day.

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Stories of Hope: Rena

At the beginning of our year-end campaign, we introduced you to 10-year-old Rena. When we first met her back in September, she’d been left in charge of her three little brothers while her mom went searching for work. They’d been sleeping along the Cambodian border on public land after fleeing to escape domestic violence. She told our team that their meager food supplies were now gone, so she’d been taking water from the dirty creek to feed her baby brother. She hoped the water would fill his stomach enough to make his cries of hunger stop.

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Stories of Hope: Perry

In countries all over the world, people live and work at local landfills, picking through mounds of rotten waste and broken glass to search for recyclables. It’s grueling work, yet each day the families comb through the garbage, gathering plastic they can exchange for a small amount of cash. It was at a landfill in western Cambodia that we first met little Perry.

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Stories of Hope: Paul

On our very first visit to western Cambodia in 2016, we met a beautiful girl named Christine. Two years before, she’d been diagnosed with tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs. Christine’s family did everything they could to help her, even selling their land and possessions in order to try and afford her medical care. But they were still short of the funds needed. In order to try and save her life, her brother Paul, then a senior in high school, decided to sacrifice his own future in order to help pay for tuberculosis treatment for the sister he loved.

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Stories of Hope: Jennifer

Earlier this year, as we began COVID emergency food distributions along the Cambodian border with Thailand, we met a young widow named Elva. Her husband had been killed just a few weeks before as he stepped on a land mine while trying to cross the border to find food for his family. Elva was left with 8 small children in her care, including Baby Jennifer.  With no income and no home of their own, our team found them living in a temporary tent shelter, exposed to the elements. Wrapped in a red piece of cloth, Baby Jennifer was clearly in need of urgent nutritional support.

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