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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
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 schooling equipment and, since 2018, 8 computers donated by Riverview Church. The village people are thrilled to be part of this opportunity to enrich and empower their children with supplementary education and relevant workplace skills.
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 was envisaged to provide educational, social, cultural and sustainable opportunities for the local people.
Three competent teachers now hold classes for 120 students, instructing them in English, mathematics, Bible, hygiene and computing skills. The teachers are Puthea, Chanthou and Buntel. These three are truly committed to training and teaching the village young people. The students attend each day, six days per week, many riding their bicycles 15Km to attend. It is a wonderful project with such enthusiasm and excitement for learning and development. (Lean was the first teacher employed when 80 students attended.)
Building of fence around the property for safety and security was completed in November 2014. In subsequent years, fruit trees and vegetables were planted 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.