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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: 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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Remote Learning in Cambodia

When Cambodia made the decision to temporarily shutter its schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government suggested that all learning go online. There was one major problem for the regions where LWB works, however. The majority of children in these rural villages don’t even have access to electricity, no less the internet. Our passionate teachers were committed to making sure the children’s lessons continued. Now, each day they travel by bicycle, and motorbike, often on mud-soaked dirt roads, to deliver paper learning packets and in-person instruction to even the most remote households.

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