A project in Cambodia teaches women how to stop domestic violence
Tin is a beneficiary of a Samaritan’s Purse project in Cambodia that supports healthy families.
Editor’s Note: The Strengthening Women and Families Together project works with women to build families that are healthy, among other things. The goal is to break to cycles of domestic violence, oppression, and gender discrimination that are prevalent in Cambodia. Staff members work with women, young girls, and in schools to train and provide opportunities for communities to be empowered. The volunteers teach families in their own homes, and staff members act as coaches and mentors. This structure results in a network of women working to encourage and protect their families and each other.
My husband, Phany, and I used to fight constantly with each other. Not only did I use disrespectful words with him, but I also hit my children when I got angry.
Samaritan’s Purse taught me about healthy communication and healthy parenting. They also taught Phany to love, respect, and listen to me. We now understand our roles and responsibilities as a mother and a father toward our children. And we also understand our roles and responsibilities as a wife and a husband toward each other.
After receiving training, I shared what I learned from each lesson with my husband. We began carrying out these lessons in our lives. We began loving each other and stopped fighting. I stopped hitting my children. I also shared the lessons with my neighbors in hopes that it will change our community.
Samaritan’s Purse staff members shared about Jesus during the trainings in my village. Now I’m thinking about following Him. My family is happy now because we use healthy communication.