You will often hear people say in Cambodia, “He has another wife.” Then there are those with even more than two wives. In a developing country, that means desperate mothers and many children living in poverty without the support of a husband and father. There is no healthcare, welfare system or help for single mothers and children like we have in America. Single moms have no where to turn for help.
We have talked with women who go to work at night and leave their small children asleep at home. We have met others who lock their children in the home while they work or let them run the streets of the neighborhood. We have seen elementary age children in a family take turns coming home from school to care for an infant sibling while the mother works.
Then there are the factory workers who are forced to come into the city to work and leave their children with other relatives because there are no jobs in the villages. They see their children only a few times a year and send money home. Some are left with aging grandparents and in high-risk situations.
One of the women who lived in our factory worker housing was raped when she was younger. The man’s punishment? He had to marry her. However, he soon left her. She gave her first child away and left her second child who was 3 years old with a disabled grandmother so that she could work in the city. She feared for her daughter daily because there were other predators in the village.
Her daughter is now safe with us. Because of working long hours and inability to pay for childcare and school, she is not able to care for her daughter at home.
We have recently established a MOTHER’S HOME near the factories where the mothers work.
The moms and children are able to live together. We provide schooling for the children, daycare and a safe place to live.
If you would like to donate to help the mothers and children at the MOTHER’S HOME, please click here and give to our PROJECT FUND. Thank you!