The people of Cambodia will be transformed by the love of Christ as it is demonstrated through compassionate care for families affected by disability and through believers equipped to give an account for the hope that they have in Christ. Currently there are insufficient resources for children with disabilities in Cambodia, especially in rural areas. Often families must place their children in institutions when having a child with disabilities becomes too much to handle. Research has demonstrated consistently that institutional care is an inadequate substitute for the care of a family, and these institutions are generally underfunded and unable to adequately meet the needs of these children.
WorldVenture addresses the needs of families caring for children with disabilities through a developing program that provides family-based services and case management, including referral to and collaboration with other organizations. The intent is to empower families so children with disabilities do not have to be deprived of their love and care by being placed in institutions. Ultimately WorldVenture aims to help change the attitudes of local communities toward people with disabilities as these children are able to grow up to be active participants.
This program is staffed with Khmer Christians who will be discipled and encouraged to give a reason for the hope that they have as they are engaging in the lives of the children and families we serve. The staff's spiritual formation has the goal of seeing lives not only helped through practical assistance, but transformed through faith in Christ. As people receive grace, they will be introduced to Jesus as its source.
Buddhist (official) 96.9%, Muslim 1.9%, Christian 0.4%, other 0.8%