Wat Opot uses leftover funds to support the surrounding local villages, to give back to those who have gradually accepted us over the years. Some of the benefactors are school friends of our children while others have been referred to us by community leaders.
Our Community Education Project helps the neediest kids in our village, Sramouch He. With the help of the principal of the primary school we pinpointed those families who could use assistance to keep their children in school. After completing extensive home evaluations of 45 families, we identified 20 children truly in need and provided them with school supplies, clothing, backpacks and in some cases, food (instant noodle and rice) for the family. These children also have the opportunity to attend English class three times a week at Wat Opot.
In addition to educational assistance, this past school year, we took the entire 5th and 6th grade classes of the local public school to Phnom Tamao Animal Sanctuary about 30 minutes from Wat Opot… a place our children love to visit. Over 60 students attended and for many it was their first time seeing the animals. Meals and snacks were included and the whole day of activities was organized by students from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
In the local high school, we support 3 students with a weekly allowance which allows them to buy lunch at school and attend extra classes which are taught after regular school hours.
In higher education, we support 7 students (3 boys and 4 girls) who are a part of our Youth in Transition. The girls are from impoverished families and would have been forced to marry or sent to work in a factory and the 3 teen boys came from another children’s home where they were kicked out and left to fend for themselves on the streets of Phnom Penh.
In the village, we currently support one impoverished elderly woman by providing lunch and dinner to her each day.
On our property, Wayne still treats medical emergencies and medicine to those who cannot afford it.