The Little Things Matter
Impacting the Lives of Children
It’s over 35 degrees Celsius— for our friends south of the border, that means it’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Did I mention the humidity is over 80%? Don’t worry, that hasn’t dampened the spirit of the 12 team members from Toronto who are working with our AO staff in Stung Treng!
Little Things Matter
As I write this, I’m sitting in Northern Cambodia – reflecting on the past week. Let me just say, it’s been quite a week! We’ve pitched in and cut grass, painted, planted, designed a water and septic system, installed bio-sand water filters and taught needy kids in our school program. While it’s been busy, it’s been a privilege to stand alongside our team as they work, week in and week out, blessing almost 30 communities in the region.
We worked with two classes of kids in the program. These are children of various ages who have either not had the opportunity to go to school or who have fallen way behind their peers. AOC runs extra classes each afternoon to help bring them up to speed for their ages and re-integrate them into regular classes. The ladies had a great time with the kids. Each one received an instant picture of themselves…
Something as simple as a first picture, building bridges and bringing something a bit special into many children’s lives. More than 40 new children received packs filled with all the things they’ll need to go to school. So many of the parents standing behind their kids don’t have the means to supply the required uniforms and supplies necessary for them to go to school.
While school is free, there are many other barriers that can stand in the way. Things like the ability to get to and from school and acquiring the right supplies and uniforms are just a few of the ways AO helps. This is where faith and practical help come together to make it happen.
Celebrating a few of the AO Team’s accomplishments in Northern Cambodia over the last 6 months:
- 108 farmers trained in intensive farming techniques
- 30 church leaders trained in three sessions
- 30 people have become followers of Christ in 3 new house church plants
- AOC convened one of the largest gatherings of church leaders in Northern Cambodia in December 2015
- Increasing the capacity of our Cambodian staff with English classes with staff weekly
Your partnership and support makes this all possible. As we join hands, we will continue to see communities across the region receive the help they need to thrive, and a message of hope to heal their hearts. We share a message that restores HOPE and DIGNITY, as we are truly made in His image.
Would you consider a special gift to support this amazing work? A gift or $25, $50 or $100 helps brings clean water, education, skills training and hope to families at risk. Thank you for your ongoing partnership with us.