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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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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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Journey to Cambodia 2017: The Landfill

Last year I posted a photo on our blog of a little boy I’d met living inside a Cambodian garbage dump. In the blog, I shared how difficult it was to learn how many children around the world work as trash scavengers each day (estimated to be in the millions). I was a bit stunned at some of the comments I received back after sharing this boy’s picture. People told me that the photo looked staged or that the child didn’t look very needy since he had on a silver necklace and obviously had food (which I had just handed him five minutes before).

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