Story of Change: Rachhan’s Story

Impacting the Lives of Children

I think we all ask ourselves, does what we do or give really make a difference? When the support you give goes so far away, it can seem hand-off and out of reach. So, I’d like to bring this a little closer to home for you. I’d like you to meet Rachhan. Here’s a bit of his story…

Rachhan, one of Cambodia's Children
Rachhan, one of Cambodia’s Children

Rachhan, a seven-year-old boy from the village of Tameng, is currently studying Grade One at Hun Sen Primary School. If it weren’t for Asian Outreach’s ACTS program, this might not have been possible. Without the necessary skills and opportunities to earn a living in rural Cambodia, many Cambodians find themselves desperate to provide for their families. This often leads them away from their homes—sometimes as far as countries like Thailand—with hope of landing a secure job.

Six years ago, Rachhan’s father found himself in this very position after being convinced to accept a job in Thailand that would earn him “a lot of money.” However, instead of finding this dream job in Thailand, Rachhan’s father was cheated and sold to be a slave on a sea fishing ship.

It took Rachhan’s father three years before he was able to escape and get back home to his family. Coming home without the money that Rachhan’s father had been promised, Rachhan’s mother left her family. The public shame and humiliation that Rachhan’s father felt led him to hide from his community and take his frustrations out on his two children.

“How do I feed them? What becomes of their future?” He remembers thinking at the time. To make things worse, the roof of their home was full of holes, which made living difficult during Cambodia’s rainy season.

Just when hope was at its lowest for Rachhan’s father, Rachhan was selected to benefit from Asian Outreach’s ACTS program. During the following academic year, Rachhan received two sets of school uniforms and supplies. He has shown an inspiring level of commitment to his studies from the start.

Since Rachhan has started school, his father has received training on children’s rights and domestic violence. He is filled with hope for his own future and his children’s future. He has mended relationships within his community and his family.

“Education is a ferry of life for his children”, he said, “In free time I always help Rachhan with reading books. Thanks for ACTs project continues to support my children.” Rachhan aspires to become a doctor. Kids deserve the chance to dream.

Here’s how you can help!

For only $9 a month or $110 a year, you can provide a child with everything they need to attend school. That includes uniforms, flip flops, books, pencils and tuition fees

Help us provide a family like Rachhan’s with training to start a small business or improve their farm and a loan to make make it happen. All it takes is $57 a month or $690 a year. These families are looking for a way out, a helping hand. We can give them the opportunity they need!


ACTS Programme

I love sharing these informational videos posted by Sam, a volunteer from New Zealand working with our team in Stung Treng Cambodia. This video discusses the progress and updates with our Assisting Children to School programme. Great things are happening, and our team is helping engage the minds of school-age children in Cambodia. All thanks to the generosity and support of our donors.

As always, contact us with any questions or concerns.

Progress in Mongolia

Mongolia • First Quarter Report

Making Progress in Mongolia

Each quarter, we release a report detailing our accomplishments and needs. The First Quarter report for 2016 is now available, click here to read the full report. Here’s a brief summary of our programmes:

Update: Great Commission Institute

Genesis-AOM is looking for partners to strengthen and expand our ministry to Grade 5 children currently running in Nalaikh and some schools in Ulaanbaatar.  We are limited in the amount of time that our staff can actually interact with the children in the programme and would love to see local churches engaging these children and their families, building on the foundation that is laid during the classroom and clubhouse sessions. Local churches are able to be on the spot for children and families in their areas and be a stable long-term source of discipleship.

Update: School Social Worker Professional Development

In April 2016, Genesis-AOM, in conjunction with the Municipal Education Department, hosted stage two of our school social worker professional development training, entitled “Environment, Skills, Results”.  The training took place over two days and was attended by 60 school social workers from 52 schools throughout Ulaanbaata.

Update: Lifeskills Values Education

In the 2015 – 2016 school year, our LifeSkills Values programme impacted the lives of 1,034 children. We’ve received requests from 36 school social workers expressing their need to have the programme in their school. Our goal is to reach 7,000 children in three years. For $48 USD, one child can receive Values Education lessons and activities for 6 months.

During February and March of 2016 the Good Child project has been running both in the clubhouse and in classrooms in Nalaikh Duureg’s Tsogtsolbor School, Chandmani School, School 109, School 119, Erdmiin Orgil School and other public schools, with a total of 1461 Grade 5 children participating in the project.  Each week a character lesson is taught in the classroom and a monthly activity in the clubhouse reinforces the lessons taught in the classroom.  There are 732 Grade 5 students in Nalaikh town, divided into 23 teams, so it is only possible for each class to meet in the clubhouse once a month. 

Update: Winter Kits

In late November and early December 2015 a total of 205 Winter Kits were distributed to disadvantaged children in Nalaikh town and in the slum areas of Ulaanbaatar city.  Chi Children to receive these kits were elected in consultation with school officials and local authorities.  All the children were school pupils at risk of dropping out of school during the harsh winter due to a lack of suitable clothing to wear outside.  Genesis staff prepared a kit for each child, ensuring that jackets and boots of the appropriate size ere purchased. 

Looking to support a great cause? Check out our Transformational Training Centre.

As we mentioned in our last post, there are many ways you can help us prepare to open the doors of the TTC. We are in need of many essential items, to view the full list of items click here. You can also click on the donation links below to help us open the doors to this amazing facility that will change lives for generations!

Donate – United States

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As always, if you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Phase Two Begins

One Step Closer

Phase Two of the Hope Centre Begins

I can’t wait until the day when we can start sharing the success stories happening at the new Hope Centre (HC) in Stung Treng, Cambodia. Miracles, lives changed and communities transformed.

By faith, we’re setting a Grand Opening date of: March 30th, 2017

For this to happen, we’ll need a miracle and your support! Check out the two videos (below) and see how you can join us and see this centre begin to transform lives and impact communities across the region!

Want to help us? Here are a few ideas:

Chairs (need 200) Buy one chair @ $15 each
Tables (need 20) Buy one table @ $118 each
Paint (need 87 buckets – 5 gal) $120 per bucket
Tile (1,000 sq. meters) Buy 1 sq. meter @ $7 per sq. meter
Ceiling Fans (need 40) Buy a fan @ $50 each
AC Unit (need 5 units) Buy an A/C unit @ $540 each

View the full list of items click here. You can also click on the donation links below to help us open the doors to this amazing facility that will change lives for generations!

Donate – United States

Donate – Canada

With your support and dedication to our organization, this project would not be possible. As always, if you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to contact us!