So after the summer break Helping Hands children went back to school in their new uniforms. After meeting with the Director General of Beltei School earlier this year he agreed to help the charity and has assisted with our fees and given generously towards two new uniforms for each child. It is so good to see how much they like to wear their uniforms and look after them.
A few weeks ago three of Helping Hand’s children were invited to a youth workshop as part of International Youth Day celebrations in Phnom Penh. During the day there was a competition in which all the students were asked to take part……and Srey Mey won. We were all so pleased for her and the bouquet of flowers that she was presented with were nearly as big as her !
We were blessed by being able to help provide rice for another lady in the slum last month. Kate, from Australia, visited Cambodia earlier this year and was keen to see the work of Helping Hand. She had a great time with the children and when her daughters birthday came round so wanted to give a donation of rice as her birthday present to her. The rice was donated to a lady who lives and works close to the slum where we work. She lives alone, apart from her two dogs she looks after, as her husband left her many years ago and earns a living by collecting rubbish to be re cycled. If this isn’t hard enough she lost part of her leg when she was just 16 years old after treading on a land mine. This bag of rice may only be a one off donation but it was really appreciated by Pheom Chan Thol. Thank you Kate.
I was invited to speak about the work of Helping Hand at Newport Congregational Church recently at their Harvest Supper. It was a good opportunity to share about our work and we are very grateful for the interest of those there and the donations given.
It was great to see that Nin had won an award for coming first in his school’s sports festival. School and education are not just about learning academic subjects but about other activities such as P.E and also, to a greater part, about making friends. Again it was not just Nin who was pleased with his award but his parents are really proud of him as well.
Thank you again to all our sponsors and supporters as without you we would not be able to report on the stories above as they would not be happening…..and lives would not be changing. As an organisation we sometimes are not sure what to do next or what decisions to make but we have confidence in the One who is leading us………
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8