WE LOVE KIDS has been helping kids in Vietnam and Cambodia since 2003. Today 370 children receive scholarships in both Vietnam and Cambodia, from 1st Grade all the way to university. Du (pronounced "you") has finished university in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and has been chosen for a management level job at a large internet provider. She is extremely bright, speaks four languages and is studying economics. Du's dream is to get a scholarship to study in the U.S. in a couple of years.
Many adult and teenage ethnic minority Stieng believers in Chung Klay village in Eastern Cambodia have received literacy training in the We Love Kids center. They built it themselves after We Love Kids provided materials for their village. To become literate, they used a special solar device provided by the United Bible society. Over the last few years, over 30 people, both teens and adults, have learned to read. Some of these have made commitments to Christ and become part of this local church. This is an enormous step forward for these lovely communities, who have suffered from endemic poverty for generations.
Even today, in 2017, in Cambodia, little girls have a difficult time going to school. Here, in Eastern Cambodia, in ethnic minority villages of Stieng people, it is particularly diffiicult. In severe cases, We Love Kids helps families such as this little girl's get a little extra help with rice subsidies until a family can 'get back on their feet.' In this case, the death of a parent put extra hardship on a family of four siblings.
We Love Kids helps kids go to school with bicycles! To date, 100 bicycles have been provided to children in both countries.
Light to the World
We Love Kids provides spiritual nurturing through Bible teaching. Both towns and villages in Cambodia are now being saturated with drugs and gangs, as well as 'soft prostitution' in karoke bars. Local church leaders provide loving guidance to help kids be restored to their families.
One of our boys, at 17 years old, had dropped out of high school and was into a lifestyle of drugs and gangs. He met the Lord, and we helped him go through the Teen Challenge course. He is now back home and back in school!