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One of the privileges of my job at Asian Hope is getting to help meet the educational needs of children in communities where few people know about Jesus.

Did you know that only 34% of the poorest children in Cambodia are enrolled in their age appropriate grade in primary school?1 Few of these students acquire basic literacy and math skills, and some drop out as early as 4th or 5th grade. Many children are dropping out of primary school because they need to work or because the family cannot afford education costs.

Asian Hope’s Village Development Program has established catch up schools in three (soon to be four) communities around Phnom Penh. These catch up schools help unschooled and underschooled children complete their education, receive life essentials, and break away from a life of poverty.

One example is Rithy who is 9 years old and had stopped going to school. He lives in extreme poverty with his father and four siblings. Since Rithy joined the catch up school, he is gradually improving in reading, writing and math and he is now performing at the first grade level. Rithy, like the other 600+ children in the program, also receives hope for the future. Through Bible stories, songs, prayer, and daily support and encouragement from his teachers, he hears about the good news of Jesus Christ and develops character and self-confidence from a Christian worldview.

Rithy. Photo credit: Kirsten Belloni

This is one of the reasons why we are here in Cambodia. God had burdened our hearts for the incredibly common hardship, suffering, and injustice that takes place every day around the world. We heard Him calling us to join the work He was already doing. With this opportunity at Asian Hope, we get to help meet practical needs as well as share the good news about the true God, revealed in Jesus Christ.

Would you like to help? Check out Asian Hope’s 1 Child 1 Year page to find out more.

1Sobrado, C. et al. 2014. Where have all the poor gone? : Cambodia poverty assessment 2013. Washington, DC: World Bank Group.

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