About "Ray of Hope"
We are passionate about spreading the Gospel to street children who have no home and no future, and making a difference in their lives.
Who are the Street Kids of Cambodia?
To truly understand this question we’d have to look back in history to the tragic events that occurred in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. In an attempt to rid Cambodia of all western influence, communist dictator Pol Pot and his forces known as the Khmer Rouge committed mass genocide against the Cambodian people. Targeting the highly educated and religious leaders of the country, over 2 million Cambodians were killed making it the second worst mass genocide in the history of the world.
Due to the actions of the Khmer Rouge, more than fifty percent of Cambodia’s population is under the age of 22. Cambodia is a broken country. While it’s slowly improving every day, it still has one of the most corrupt governments in the world.
The kids we work with in Battambang are homeless and very poor. The government provides nothing to these poor children and attending public education is difficult due to the many fees and uniform cost which are to expensive for their families to buy. Some live in the slums and others live in abandoned buildings, Most just live on the sidewalk with their families.
When the sun goes down in Battambang
and the night vendors and restaurants
open,the street kids begin their long night of begging everyone they see.
Some of their parents have low paying jobs in construction or selling food from roadside shops, but their main source of income is their children.
The kids are usually very dirty, un-kept, and not well behaved. Besides not getting baths, they also don’t eat on a regular basis with most kids only receiving one meal a day. On top of that, their teeth are almost all rotten and have permanent damage to their gums. What’s worse, there is a great risk of sickness and infection among the kids and their families, with diseases like malaria, typhoid, and in some cases HIV. Due to these factors, there are very few people or groups in Cambodia who are willing to work with street kids.
This is where the Lord has led Viya and I. Through our new program we will not only start putting these kids in school, we will also be an instrument of the Holy Spirit as we bring the Word of God and the love of Jesus to them through daily Bible classes. We will provide breakfast, baths, tutoring, and we’ve also started a Sunday morning Sunday School for all the street kids. We look forward to working with our sponsors, churches, family, and friends to spread the gospel giving the hope of eternal life to more and more street children of Cambodia!