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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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ABC Educational Materials Drive

For children attending our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia, learning English is an essential piece of their education. English proficiency is a power tool in gaining access to higher education and future sustainable employment, thereby helping to break the cycle of poverty. One way to gain fluency in another language is by hearing it spoken frequently. […]

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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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Looking Sharp in School Uniforms

In Cambodia, school uniforms are very important. They impart a sense of pride in one’s school as well as a sense of belonging. The students at our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia recently received their new school uniforms, and we love the proud looks on their faces as they model them for us!

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Life in Sokhem Village

Ninety percent of Cambodians living in extreme poverty live in the rural countryside. Some of the poorest villages are located along the border of Thailand, which is where LWB is now working. Children in this region often live in remote villages, with little access to basic social services such as health care or a nearby school.

Last October, we made a commitment to the children of Sokhem Village, many whom are left behind all day while their parents travel to Thailand in search of work. Read more.

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