Ages range from 7 years old to 23 for this family. 23 boys and 14 girls live on the "back lot" in Siem Reap. There are 5 living offsite in Phnom Penh attending college and pursuing their professional careers.
As a family, the "central figure" is Ms. Thou Raem, the caretaker of these kids and this site for over 20 years. The loss of her family during the Pol Pot years prompted her to dedicate her life to these children. She instills in them the ideals of self respect and a moral commitment to being the best person you can be to everyone around you. The cornerstone of this family, she has drawn support from all over the world to help her take care of her large family.
This is not a desperate setting. You will not find long faces and pathetic circumstances to motivate your support. Instead it is the warmth and happiness of kids who feel secure and look forward to their future that captivates your attention. They ask for nothing and are so very grateful to the many who have come to help.
10 kids have "career sponsors" for a professional future after graduating from High School. 7 are in college. 20 are taking private English lessons. 15 have taken computer classes. 13 take "extra" classes after school. Everybody understands the significance of a good education and multiple language skills in the tourist center of Cambodia.
To maintain such a visionry program requires financial help. The kids do what they can by weaving souveneirs and painting post cards for sale.
We welcome your interest and encourage you to become"part of the family."