THE HOPE CENTRE
The Khmer Rouge (1975 – 1979) virtually destroyed the nation of Cambodia, leaving citizens with no hope for the future. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people, almost 25 percent of the population, were systematically killed, or died, during these brutal years. This civil war raged on, and the last of the heavy artillery wasn’t decommissioned until almost 2000. Pol Pot, the architect of this disaster, led the Khmer Rouge until 1997.
The fallout and destruction from the decades of civil unrest left the nation reeling. It was a nation without hope. Asian Outreach began serving in Cambodia in the early 1990’s and we are finally beginning to see hope reach those who need it most. Asian Outreach continues to respond to the overwhelming needs of this great region, but our resources are limited.
The Hope Centre (HC) is our response to meet many of these urgent needs. This centre brings intensive agricultural training and non-formal education to those who need it most. Bringing quality education, micro-finance and resources to the region. The HC provides families with the knowledge and resources necessary to increase their income, secure their futures and provide many of the necessities that we take for granted.
Here’s how you can help:
- MORE THAN 75% OF THE POPULATION IS UNDER 35 YEARS OLD
- MAJORITY OF THE CITIZENS LIVE ON LESS THAN $1 PER DAY – THIS IS EXTREME POVERTY
- CITIZENS HAVE LITTLE, OR NO, ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE, CLEAN WATER AND EDUCATION
Along with these important programs, Asian Outreach’s Community Hope Team brings the good news to every village we work in. We are motivated to “love God and love our neighbors.” Restoring Dignity: this means every life has value in God’s eyes. This motivates us to reach out to those who have no hope and no opportunity.