We are bible believing Christians playing a small part in what God is doing in Cambodia. We highlight the education, employment, health, and housing needs of the poor in Cambodia; raise funds to support individuals and small projects; and encourage Christians in the developed world to visit us at our homestay.
We are members of, and supported by, The Well Baptist Church Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England (http://www.iwell.org.uk/home.htm).
Today in Cambodia – the current generation of young men and women are the offspring of those who lost their parents or siblings as a result of the Khmer Rouge reign of terror – when ”families” were annihilated. It is estimated that today one third of Cambodia’s households are headed by single women. Older children, particularly girls, are forced to work to feed their younger siblings, depriving them of a normal education.
Sexual exploitation in Cambodia – The abject poverty, in which much of the country lives, and the corruption in government and police agencies, fuel the child sex trafficking industry in Cambodia.
US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report, identified Cambodia as … ”a source, transit and destination country for child sex trafficking, and a country where severe forms of human trafficking occur.”
It is the cultural obligation of children in Cambodia to financially support their parents. 90% of girls working in the sex industry are knowingly sold by their families. Families’ main reasons for selling their children include poverty, debt and financial difficulties; parental drug addiction, gambling habits, parental debts, and parental materialism. In some cases a boyfriend or family member sells a girl to a brothel; sometimes a trafficker tricks the family with an offer of a respectable job.
Cambodia is a source and destination for exploitation of men, women and children in all forms of modern slavery, including forced labour, debt bondage and forced marriage. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates 256,800 people or 1.65% of the total population live in conditions of modern slavery in Cambodia.
Cambodia was renowned as a sex tourism destination in the 1990s and this legacy is still prevalent today with women and girls trafficked within the thriving sex industry in Cambodia’s major cities. NGOs report that thought the industry has been pushed underground sex offenders are still able to purchase sex with children through an intermediary rather than more overt selling of sex in brothels.Boys and young men are also vulnerable to sexual exploitation, with many entering the massage industry due to a lack of training and skills.The presence of the sex tourism industry has led to the sexual exploitation of street children. The majority of street children who have been identified as victims of this abuse are boys, with many citing foreign nationals as the perpetrators. Despite this, research suggests that both Cambodian men, and men from neighbouring Asian countries are perhaps larger but less visible abusers of children in the sex industry. http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/country/cambodia/
History of Cambodia and Cambodia Today
The Khmer is the largest ethnic group in Cambodia. The Khmer culture is embodied by Angkor Wat, a temple complex built in the 12th Century. Today it is the national symbol of Cambodia and a must see tourist attraction.
Since the fall of Angkor Empire in 1432, conflict and strife have been the norm for Cambodia.
In 1970, after being a French protectorate for a brief period, Cambodia became an unwilling participant in the Vietnamese War.
In 1975, the Khmer Rouge, a communist regime led by Pol Pot, took over the country, and began a violent restructuring of the entire society. During the 4-year rule mass genocide of the educated, religious and influential resulted in what has become known as The Killing Fields of Cambodia. It is estimated that up to 3 million people (a third of the population) died as a direct result of this genocide or related disease and starvation.
Today Cambodians are still suffering as a result of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror.
For more information about the history of Cambodia see ”Year Zero” documentary 1979 http://johnpilger.com/videos/year-zero-the-silent-death-of-cambodia
- Population – approx 14.8 million. Population of Phnom Penh – 2 million.
- 511 recognised slum areas in Phnom Penh; just over 25,100 families live in slum dwellings.
- 68% of Cambodia’s population is under the age of 30.
- Only 4% of the population is over 65.
- Life expectancy is 69 for women; 65 for men.
- Average income is less than $1.50 per day per person
- 80% of the population use firewood as a main type of fuel for cooking
- More than 50% of the population do not have access to clean water
- 40% of children are undernourished
- 236,000 people died of Aids in 2010
- 40,000 Cambodians have suffered amputations as a result of mine injuries since 1979.
NEW LIFE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, PHNOM PENH http://www.cambodiaoutreach.org
We support the beliefs, core values and vision of New Life Fellowship Church “To plant a New Testament Church in Phnom Penh which will have a positive influence on every sector of Cambodian society: religion, education, politics, social relationships, business, sports, and communications – and will be a model and resource center for planting churches in every province of Cambodia with the same philosophy and foundation and to send Cambodians as missionaries to other countries.” NLF