Children at Risk (C@R) is a sponsorship program reaching impoverished children and families throughout Cambodia. Many village children have only one parent or are orphaned. These children grow up in extremely poor conditions as their struggling families’ live day to day, not knowing where their food will come from the next day. Our goal at C@R is to bring these at risk children hope and a bright future.
Working closely with pastors in the villages, we choose the neediest children to take part in our sponsorship program. Many at-risk children do not attend school because they must labor in the rice fields with their families to survive. In some cases, children are sold into prostitution due to the extreme need of the family. This is where the Children at Risk program helps. The C@R program provides school supplies for the child to go to school, and basic food for the family. With this help, the family is able to release their children from laboring in the field and allow the children to attend school. Children who don't receive an education, cannot break free from the cycle of poverty, but we have seen this simple sponsorship program, set families free from that cycle.
Din Channan was a hopeless young boy who dropped out of school in grade 6. In order to survive, he came to work in a factory with his older brother in Poipet City. One day, a NLF-Poipet pastor invited Channan to church and allowed him to live in church. Channan had a big dream to become a pastor - he wanted to serve in the Kingdom of God.
The Children at Risk project sponsored him to study the English language for 4 years. He is hardworking and studies his English diligently. Now he can speak good English and is able to use it to minister in his church as an English teacher to young children. He also volunteers as an interpreter when short-term teams visit the church.
Din Channa is now 20 years old and is a church planter of New Life Fellowship Poipet City and is the home church leader in Pailin City. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress." - James 1:27
The sponsorship program consists of a monthly cost of $35 USD per child to cover school expenses, rice and other supplies for their families. We request that the sponsorship period be for 3 years. By sponsoring a child, you are giving that child a chance to change his or her future. As a sponsor, you will receive a Child's profile and photograph Quarterly newsletter from C@R and Bi-annual updates about your sponsored child.