Wishing all our friends our very best wishes for 2015!
Reviewing the Year 2014
1. Hope Garden Cafe
Thanks to Eng Kiat and Doreen, we have started a centre in Phnom Penh that serves as a boarding house for our children who have graduated from Hope Village Prey Veng. The café is selling laksa, Nasi Lemak and other Singapore favourites to generate income and provide jobs for the children. It is located at Street 360 near the famous Toul Tsleng genocide museum, please support our café when you are in Phnom Pehn. As a new project, we need help to refine and improve our menu and especially to tell people about the café. We employed five children who have finished Grade 12 and are studying at various universities. The children are so happy that not only do they have a centre to stay but a Singaporean couple to look after them.
2. New Orphanage centre in Pokhara
Construction has started on our new children home in Pokhara, Nepal. It took five years to look for a suitable plot of land at reasonable price. Thanks to Wendy from Ong and Ong we have a beautiful design that would be a home for 120 children. The contract has been awarded to Artec Pvt Ltd who is now working on the foundation. We are still short of $350,000 as the total project is estimated to cost $700,000 to $800,000 inclusive of two minibuses, furniture and fittings. With God’s grace we will raise the necessary sum as required by the project. The project is managed pro bono by Robert, Jason, Janice and Becky.
3. Hope Trust Nepal (HTN)
HTN is looking forward to its new home in Pokhara. Thanks to the tireless effort of Christina and Jason, HTN is very well run. It is hard living in Nepal with its constant electrical blackouts, shortage of petrol and at times even shortage of water. Do you know Christina has to buy water for the home from trucks as there is no piped-in water from the Government? We pray for Nepal to develop as it is a country with much potential but lousy politics. Several million Nepalis are working overseas due to this.
4. Hope Legacy Village Thailand (HLVT)
HLVT is growing with more children and additional infrastructure. Thanks to Khun Samart we have a new dining hall , fencing and water tanks. He brought his company staff to help build the facilities at a much cheaper rate than a contractor. Our new manager for Thailand Elmer and project executive Sally have worked hard to recruit both staff and children. Thanks to our Thai staff like Ekkachai, Toey, Yupha, Boon Chai and others we have started a happy home for many poor children. Next year we will be building a new dormitory for the boys which will allow us to house 120 children . Starting a new project is challenging and the Lord has truly blessed our efforts in Thailand!
5. Hope Village Prey Veng (HVPV)
HVPV celebrated its 10-year anniversary in January. Since opening 10 years ago, four batches of grade 12 children have now graduated from HVPV. Most have gone on to study at university and work. Some have joined OHF as staff.
This year saw the biggest batch of grade 12 children graduate and leave HVPV – 14 in all. With these vacancies created, we have since taken in more new children to live in HVPV. There are now 125 children living in HVPV! We continue to seek your support in helping us to enrich the lives of these children, not just with a safe roof over their heads but with useful life skills and spiritual feeding that we hope will empower them in the future.
6. Hope Training Centre (HTC)
We have now taught 8 batches of CASE students and continue to seek to improve our programme. This year, we introduced a special CASE course to be held during the 3-month school holidays in Cambodia to cater specially to high school students who were keen to attend the course but were schooling. The opportunity to attend CASE whilst still schooling allows students to learn more beyond their government school curriculum and hopefully equips them with valuable skills such as preparing for job interviews, should they seek employment after leaving school. We are now currently also planning for a longer duration CASE course in 2015.
Our village Community Development Projects have continued to grow to meet the urgent needs of poor villagers in Cambodia. In the past year alone, we have built almost 100 wooden houses, more than 150 pit toilets and 23 wells for needy families. The waiting list continues to grow as the needs of the poor are endless.