Preparing for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child logoCCC Mission Co-ordinator Huot Chanthoeun has just spent three days at a workshop preparing for Operation Christmas Child’s 2018 shoebox distribution.

Since 1990, more than 157 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

Each year, thousands of Cambodian children receive shoeboxes packed with gifts lovingly chosen and packed by donors from across the world. Along with their shoebox, the children are given an illustrated booklet to help them understand the real meaning of Christmas.

Chanthoeun and the other delegates at the workshop planned the logistics of gathering groups of children and distributing shoeboxes across Cambodia this Christmas.

Find out how you could bring joy to a needy child this year by visiting the Operation Christmas Child web site.

Delegates at the forum

Faith Groups Join Forces to Combat Human Trafficking

The second Cambodia National Interfaith Forum on Combating Human Trafficking took place on 30 August 2018.

The event brought together government officials, leaders of different faith groups and non-governmental organisations working against trafficking. The forum was presided over by Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the National Committee for Countering Trafficking.

The main purposes of the forum were threefold:

  • to raise awareness and knowledge of trafficking-related issues;
  • to promote broader engagement and participation of different faith groups, the general public and stakeholders to combat trafficking;
  • to advocate the government to observe the day as the “national interfaith prayer day against trafficking”.

CCC was represented at the event by Mission Co-ordinator Ms Huot Chanthoeun.

Flooding in Siem Pang, Stung Treng

Floodwater from Lao Dam Collapse Displaces Thousands in Cambodia

Water released after the collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Dam in south-east Laos has caused a dramatic rise in water level in the Sekong River flowing through Cambodia's Stung Treng province.

By 3:10 pm on 26 July 2018, the river level in Siem Pang district was above the danger level at 12.1 metres. Cambodia’s state news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Stung Treng provincial authority was working around the clock to evacuate about 25,000 residents from the danger area.

On 27 July, authorities reported that 1,289 families were so far affected by flooding. Local media reported a shortage of tents, food, clean water and items related to sanitation.

Heavy rain contributed to a rise in the Mekong River.

By 29 August, 30 people had died as result of flooding, 99,685 families had been affected, 41,344 ha of farms had been inundated and 16,804 ha of farmland had been damaged according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.

Meanwhile, eight provinces were affected by drought.

Cambodian Communities out of Crisis appeals for donations to provide assistance to people affected by the flooding. Money that is given will be channelled through our trusted Cambodian partner, the Living Hope in Christ Church.

You can send a donation at www.give.net/sekong, or visit our Giving page for more options.

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Bella

Bella: Rescued for a Purpose

When Bella was only 12, she was tricked into leaving her home to work as a house cleaner for a woman who ended up beating her and trafficking her for sex. After years of abuse, Bella was rescued and eventually came to an Agape International Missions (AIM) restoration home where she witnessed Christ’s love and began to recognise her value.

Now married with a baby daughter, Bella offers exploited women the same freedom she once received by working as an AIM social worker.