So on the 25th January I will be travelling back to Cambodia for the 7th time since I first visited in 2012 with my wife, and two youngest children, to work as missionaries. Since those first two years of living and working in Cambodia I have felt led to set up the charity Helping Hand Cambodia which, primarily, facilitates the sponsorship of children from the slums of Phnom Penh to go to Beltei School, one of the best schools in Cambodia. With four more children being enrolled later this month that will be 26 in all; maybe not a great amount but that is 26 lives changed and 26 children able to follow and live their dreams 🙂
It was so good to be able to provide rice for two old ladies recently. Mrs Brak Soksan is 72 years old and Mrs Sok Ly is 78 and they both benefited from generous donations that were given as Christmas gifts to them from benefactors in England and Australia. Neither lady has family who look after them and they rely on friends and neighbours to help and support them. When they are able they will collect rubbish for re-cycling to earn some money. Thank you to Angela and Mike Stringer and Kate Hurr Russell and David and Kerrie Hurr as well as others who made this possible.
It is also with a big thank you to Kate Hurr Russell for giving a gift of installing and providing water for Mrs Uk Sor for 1 year. Mrs Uk Sor lives in one of the slums in which Helping Hand Cambodia works. This was a Christmas gift to Kate’s dad and step-mum and means that the money saved from paying Mrs Uk Sor’s water bill will help her provide for herself and three children as she no longer has a husband.
I will be taking out about 50 pairs shoes with me when I travel out this time to give to those in the slums. People have been very generous and a big thanks goes to Poundland in Newport, Isle of Wight who donated flip flops.