Changing the World one School at a Time: My Return to Cambodia

June 19, 2012

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Our Children of Asia’s Hope and Jen Morgan

In 2009, I traveled to Cambodia with the organization Asia’s Hope. I went as the eyes and ears for my Church. During the trip, I got to love and play with the kids, help the staff, and participate in other activities to serve other ministries in the area. Since my visit, my church has sponsored four children and these children now live in a loving home with two parents and the other children in the home. I left Cambodia, but my heart stayed with the children I met.

photo from: prayforsvaypak.blogspot.com

Through this trip my eyes were opened to such a great need in Cambodia. I have been unable to shake my knowledge that young children (children as young as 5-years-old) are being exploited through sex trafficking.

While in Cambodia I met an American Teacher, Jen Morgan, living in Cambodia. This past December, Jen returned to the US for a visit. I invited her to stay with my family and speak at our church. Little did I know that this would put a new adventure into motion. Jen is one of the founders and director of a school in the community of Svay Pak, Cambodia.

Since my first trip to Cambodia, I have done a great deal of research and learned the horrors of the child sex-trafficking industry in Cambodia. You cannot imagine the torture these young children live through. I must admit, I was very naive to such evil in the world. But now that my eyes have been opened, I am on a mission to end the sex-trafficking of innocent children. Jen’s school is working to stop the heartbreaking cycle of child sex-trafficking. Jen and I have put together a team of American teachers who will travel to Cambodia this summer to train her 23 staff members.

photo from: prayforsvaypak.blogspot.com

The children in this school do not have the safety and security of knowing that they will eat three nutritious meals a day or have a home that protects them from the elements or have family members who will keep them safe. This community is very well-known for the trafficking of women and young children. The children at the school live with the risk that they, too, will be exploited and abused. Some of them have been trafficked already. Sadly, some of them are currently trafficked. A brothel raid of young children in this community was actually featured on NBC’s Dateline. You can read about this raid in Terrify No More by Gary Haugen.

photo from: prayforsvaypak.blogspot.com

I strongly believe in the power of education to change a child’s life. In Svay Pak this is even more true! An education will give these children a way out of poverty and the sex trade. And even more important, with God’s love they will learn that their lives hold value. I know God has big plans for this community and I am overwhelmed that I am able to play just a small part.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  Edmund Burke

I have decided that I will not let evil triumph!

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Ellie June 20, 2012 at 4:07 am

Thank you for the inspiring work you are doing in Cambodia! Surely, with big-hearted people like you and Jen Morgan in the world, good will triumph in the end!

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