The Stitches of Hope Community Centre at Chrey Vien in Kampong Charm Province was officially opened in 2009 and it looks amazing! It is equipped with sewing machines, overlockers and schooling equipment. The village people are thrilled to be part of this opportunity to enrich and empower their women with sewing skills. In addition, the education offered, supplemented by educators from Western Australia, benefits their children.
The planning prior to the building and establishment of the development centre was that it would become a focus for this poor rural area in the central lowlands of Cambodia. The Centre is envisaged to provide educational, social, cultural and sustainable opportunities for the local people.
A young man was interviewed and employed to become our first teacher in the new centre. Lean is an experienced teacher with a University degree and is looking forward to returning to the Province after spending many years working in Phnom Penh. Lean teaches English, Mathematics, Bible and Hygiene and is sufficiently gifted to meet the challenge.
Lean was the original teacher, but now the school is run by Puthea and Chanthou, who are truely committed to training and teaching the village young people. The number is now 80 students attending each day, six days per week. It is a wonderful project with such enthusiasm and excitment for learning and development.
Building of fence around the property for safety and security was completed in November 2014. It is planned in the near future to plant fruit trees and vegetables to improve the children's diets.
Chrey Vien was chosen as a location for Stitches of Hope input in 2007 because some SOH friends had relations in this village who were very poor and desperate for help to feed and educate their children.
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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. - James 1:27