LWB Community Blog


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: 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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Stories of Hope: Sampson

For the next six weeks during this special holiday season, we’ll be sharing stories about some of the children whose lives have been truly transformed because of this amazing LWB community. First up today is Sampson. It was exactly four years ago that we met this little boy who lives along the border region of Cambodia and Thailand. At just two years of age, Sampson had already lived through more sorrow than any toddler should have to experience.

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Dreaming Big for Sweet Melissa

Sweet Melissa is four years old and attends our Sibling School, a safe early childhood education center that serves the vulnerable children of Sokhem Village. Thanks to supporters of our Cambodian Education programs, her older sister has been attending our Sokhem Believe in Me School while Melissa has received nurturing care and quality nutrition at the Sibling School.

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Ending the Year with our Top Ten Photos of 2018

Every year we sort through thousands of pictures taken in our programs over the last twelve months to come up with our Top Ten Photos. In today’s blog , we are sharing two photos that we are featuring as honorable mentions and our favorite Photos 5-10. Watch for tomorrow’s blog where we bring you the Top Five!

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Growing Together: Noah and the Believe In Me Sokhem School

Eight-year-old Noah has been a student at our Believe In Me Sokhem school for almost two years. We took this photo of Noah when we first met him. Although his smile was big and vibrant, his hair was blonde due to malnutrition.  Over 40% of children in Cambodia suffer chronic malnutrition so serious that stunting and health issues are quite common. Children’s naturally dark hair will often turn blonde due to lack of good nutrition in a condition called Kwashiorkor malnutrition.

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The Magic of Books

We are working to instill a love of reading into the children of Sokhem Village in Cambodia. Many of these children, who live in homes without electricity and water, have never experienced the magic that is found inside storybooks. Thanks to a kind supporter, we were able to build a free-standing building that will be used as a library and art center.

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Fighting Hunger Through Hot Lunches

Approximately 75% of children in Cambodia are chronically malnourished. We’re working to change that number through our hot lunch program in our Believe in Me schools. Ruby tells us that she eats as much as she can for lunch at our Believe in Me Sokhem school because she doesn’t know when she will have the opportunity to eat again. It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? Yet this type of food insecurity is quite common in this region of Cambodia.

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Journey to Cambodia 2017: Sokhem Village

The second day of our time in Cambodia was spent along the border region, and it certainly was an exciting journey to get there.  This is the second year in a row I’ve traveled during monsoon season, and the moment you turn off the paved roads to get to the rural villages, your tuk tuk rides becomes more exciting than any amusement park attraction. Then you finally just give up once the motorcart gets completely stuck, and you take off your shoes to walk the rest of the way.  Mud, glorious mud!

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