Here are some of the activities that Helping Hand has been up to in the last few weeks and what is happening in the near future. We are exhibiting a Christmas Tree at Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival this year between 7th and 10th December, probably the first Cambodian Christmas tree on the Island ?
We also recently promoted the charity at Newport Methodist Church Christmas Fair. We gave out plenty of literature and it was a good opportunity to talk to people and share about the charity and the work we are doing.
After having their school photo’s taken each of the children were give a photo. I was really quite taken with how much this meant to them all…….it re-enforced a real sense of community and belonging. Virtually all of the children come from the same slum in the south of Phnom Penh and it is so encouraging to see them doing well and making new friendships with one another.
The younger brother of one of the girls that is sponsored recently broke his glasses. Two years ago Helping Hand provided him with some glasses due to a donation at the time. Unfortunately he broke them and needed a new pair and, again due the generosity of a supporter, we were able to provide him with some. This means so much to Sothea as without them he really does have poor eyesight and is unable to study at school. The total cost of an eye check and brand new glasses was about £25….maybe a small amount to many of us but this gift of a donation was such a Blessing to Sothea.
At the end of each month Chanthy will arrange the payment and collection of rice for those sponsored through Helping Hand. At the moment we help provide for just nine families from private donations. Giving a bag of rice to someone doesn’t sound very exciting but in these slums where these people live it is what they need; they are back to basics, that is food, water and shelter.
It is so exciting to see the children from Helping Hand doing well at at school. There have been times when I have thought if this whole sponsorship thing would work…….but it does. Would the children be clever enough ? Most of their parents, if they have any, are uneducated and some can’t even read or write. Would they be disciplined enough ? They come from homes and environments without any structure, would they be prepared to go to school on a regular basis ? Would they mix with the other children as virtually all are from comfortable backgrounds ? Would they do their homework ? A lot of children in the slums are sent out to work by their parents so that they can bring in an income for the family as soon as they are old and strong enough, would the parents still encourage them to do their schoolwork ? The answer to all these questions is YES :)….but ultimately it works because it is God’s work. I and others are just stewards of this charity and we must continue to acknowledge Him in all that we do for Helping Hand Cambodia.
An example of the children doing well, and defying the odds, is Ra Kanha. We have said that any child coming first in their monthly class grading would be given a cake and a certificate as a reward. Last month Ra Kanha came first out of 35 students in her class……slum kids are smart kids, and happy kids, and intelligent kids, and kids with a future…
Would you like to be part of what we are doing, be it prayerfully, practically or just find out more information ? If so please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org