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Join Us In the Fight Against Child Trafficking: Safe Haven Foster Care

This week, we’re asking 16 people to step forward and sponsor a child in our Safe Haven foster care program in Cambodia. This critical project, for children who’ve been trafficked or abused, provides family-based care to children who have lived through the unthinkable. Every child in this program has sadly experienced extreme trauma in their young lives. To best help them heal, we continually seek out experts in the trauma field for their expertise and wisdom. We’ve learned that 90% of the healing process with rescued children is getting them to feel safe.

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Safe Haven Foster Care in Cambodia

Last week we began our series on foster care by highlighting our program for orphaned and abandoned children in Cambodia. Today, I’d like to discuss our Safe Haven Foster Care program in Cambodia, which was created to help children who have experienced trafficking or severe abuse.

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Foster Care in Cambodia

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to delve more deeply into some of our current programs. These blogs are going to be a bit longer than social media experts would tell me to write. Since our supporters are such an essential part of our work with children, I want you all to better understand not only the incredible impact you’re making possible, but also the very real issues we face in doing this life-changing work in different countries. Today I’m starting with foster care, as we believe so strongly that EVERY child deserves to grow up in a family environment versus being raised in an institution.

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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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Renewal: Cambodia Foster Care

Spring is here in many parts of the world, and in this season, it’s common to think about new life, new beginnings, and renewing ourselves. I saw a quote for springtime by Bernie Siegel that says, “If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn.” I sat and meditated on the word ‘renew’ and all that means to me, and I couldn’t help but think about LWB and the children in our foster care programs. Each one of them is being renewed or starting over again. The reasons they need a new start all vary, but the commonality is that they all now have a chance to grow and learn from their adversity. I am so glad we can play a part in their transformations by providing them safety, nutrition, education, and love.

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Sokhem Sibling School

In rural Sokhem Village in Cambodia, a place with very few economic opportunities, children are often left behind to fend for themselves as adults in most families cross the border into Thailand to search for work. Children as young as 6 and 7 are charged with caring for their younger siblings in the parents’ absence, […]

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Safe Haven Foster Care in Cambodia

LWB has provided family care to thousands of orphaned children since we first launched our foster care program in China over a decade ago. When we decided to begin working with orphaned and vulnerable children in Cambodia, we knew that foster care would once again be an essential part of our work. What we didn’t know at the time was that we would be called upon to help some of the most vulnerable children in that country:  those who had been victims of child trafficking and severe abuse.

As this week’s blog series by LWB Board member Bob Spires explained, Cambodia remains a prime source country for the trafficking of children. Many are taken across the border and live through things no child should ever experience. Read more

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