Children at risk, Education
In rural Cambodia, an after-school children’s program is changing lives. Children ages seven to 14 can take part in a program that provides math tutoring, Khmer language skills (many enter the program not even knowing the basic alphabet), and Scriptural education.
Children are introduced to the Bible — learning about Adam to Jesus in one year! Christian character values such as honesty, respect for others, and honoring one’s parents are emphasized.
The “character teachers” are all committed local Khmer Christians who love kids. Games, skits, and play times provide fun for the children. The program is unapologetically Christian; parents know and understand their children will be learning about Jesus, singing Christian songs, and learning from God’s Scriptures. Parents or caretakers attend a parenting session.
Every child in the program is required to attend the local schools: the program provides each with a school uniform, a book bag, school supplies, and a set of play clothes. A local compound in the village is rented for a few hours a day. Used motorcycles must be purchased so teachers can travel between villages.
The program has just been expanded into two new villages, and parents are very eager to get their children involved. 120 new children have been signed up — more than expected!
$115 covers the full cost of one child participating in the program
$900 provides a teacher with a used motorcycle for traveling among villages
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