Changing the Story in Cambodia

November 16, 2015 • Cambodia
Greta Van Susteren and John Coale visited Cambodia this week along with Franklin Graham. The couple partnered with Samaritan's Purse this year to provide relief, including an irrigation system, to impoverished villages.

Greta Van Susteren, her husband John Coale, and Samaritan's Purse have teamed up to make a lasting, positive difference in two remote villages near the border with Thailand.

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale visited northwest Cambodia with Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham this week to see how hundreds of families’ lives have changed since their trip in January.

Putting a Stop to Human TraffickingGreta and John have partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to build an irrigation system for these villages in order to alleviate hardship caused by the droughts. They also provided an emergency rice supply for hundreds of families in the two villages.

Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren, and John Coale stand in front of the new irrigation system.

Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren, and John Coale stand in front of the new irrigation system.

The people of Yeay Ort and Chouk Chey villages entered 2015 with empty stomachs. Drought had followed them into the new year, and many families worried how they would feed themselves if the rains were late again.

In Chouk Chey this meant that little or no work was available in the nearby fields of Thailand, where they migrate as day workers. In Yeay Ort, another year of failed rains threatened a catastrophic blow to the rice farmers.

People began scavenging in the forest for frogs and rats to satisfy their hunger. Malnutrition loomed, and people in both villages became prime targets for labor and sex traffickers. Unscrupulous labor brokers are always on the prowl for desperate Cambodians who might leave their communities in search of a steady wage.

Thankfully, 2015 is ending with a different story for these villagers.

Mushrooms provide income and food for Cambodian villagers.

Mushrooms provide income and food for Cambodian villagers.

In addition to the new irrigation system, our teams have been working to distribute food, seeds and fertilizer, mushroom spores, and create linkages to local markets. With the mushroom spores, we provide training in cultivation and the expertise to help build a proper growing hut.

15119CB-G-051Hundreds of families now have the opportunity for a safe, sustainable future. They are equipped to better protect themselves from the financial and physical desperation that makes unsubstantiated job offers from traffickers so appealing.

Please continue to pray for the people of Cambodia—many remain in great physical and spiritual need.

Cambodia Projects Cambodia, one of the poorest nations in the world, has few resources available to care for its people, the majority of whom live in rural areas. We help meet desperate needs for food and livelihoods through animals and agriculture projects, as well as providing access to safe, clean drinking water. Children’s education projects ensure boys and girls remain in school, while increasing their quality of life. Our maternal and child health program reduces the mortality rates of women and their young children by improving obstetric care, teaching essential nutrition practices, and increasing access to quality healthcare. We also combat human trafficking through education and training. Only 2 percent of the country is Christian, and a crucial aspect of our work involves partnering with local churches to help spread the Gospel in their villages.

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