When the World Food Program stopped providing rice to our people several months ago, we decided to help 10 of the poorest families adjust by giving them 50 Kilos of rice per month for six months. The rice was purchased from excess funds we had in our general account.
Those funds are now depleted and so we had to stop the program. Everyone was very grateful as they picked up their rice and vitamins for the last time. We will keep track of them and when more funds come in, will reevaluate their needs to see if we can provide more assistance. The problem was the distance involved made it difficult to keep track of the families and so not many changes were evident. We would like to help more people but will need to have more contact.
But as one program ends, a new one begins… as soon as we made the decision to work with families closer to our community, we were told of two brothers living with a disabled grandmother close by and so we sent Mr. Dara of Project Friends, who works as our social worker, out to visit the home and he reported that the condition were not very good.
We invited the boys over for breakfast to discuss how we could help them and decided that they could eat their meals with our children and bring food home for their grandmother. Sovain, who is the oldest, is in the 4th grade but not doing well in school. He will start extra study with our children after school. Sovann who is 6 years old will start school next year but will start preschool with our other kids during the summer break.
During the discussion Sovain asked for a bicycle since his home is about 3 miles away from our community and the school. We told him we would certainly try to get him one but would have to wait for awhile until new funding comes in for the program.
Some new clothes, new friends, a full stomach, and an hour of watching cartoons on the television and they were feeling quite comfortable in our community. Hopefully they will be able to continue to live with their grandmother but find the assistance they need to do well in life by getting involved in the Wat Opot Program.
Thanks to all who have been so generous with your support.