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ASSISTING CHILDREN TO SCHOOL

ENABLING CHILDREN
from vulnerable families to receive an education by equipping
and resourcing families and teachers.
We focus on helping the most impoverished families in the
community, some lacking basic necessities such as food and
shelter. Beneficiaries include: HIV positive children or those
whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS, children in the labour
force, school dropouts, children who have experienced trauma,
and children whose families are living below the poverty line.
The Assisting Children to School (ACTS) Program supported 140
students this year, across 4 schools

HOW WE HELP
Taking a holistic approach, we work with families who are in
villages also receiving assistance from our clean water
program and livelihood training. We supply children with a
school pack and fund Extra Tuition Classes four days a week,
to help children who have fallen behind. Teachers are
encouraged with more resources and extra training.

HOME VISITS AND HAPPY CLUB


We aim to shift parenting strategies and mindsets to teach
the value of education and to stop using violence and bad
language. Low income is one of the main reasons for
students to not attend so through our agriculture project we
help parents to earn a stable income.Similar to Sunday
School, Happy Club is a weekly program where our staff
share Bible stories, memory verses, play games, and
incorporate health education.

SREY MEY'S STORY


Following the divorce of her parents, 16 year old Sreymey
moved in with her aunty and uncle. The $5 they earn each
day has to support the whole family and so Sreymey soon
came under pressure to leave school and find a job. I was
so sad because I love studying Sreymey says. But staff from
ACTS came alongside Sreymey and convinced her family
about the advantages of staying in school. Now with her
education secured, Sreymey hopes to achieve her dream of
becoming a nurse.
THE HOPE CENTRE TRAINING CENTRE AND HOSPITALITY

OUR VISION
to provide excellent and affordable quality courses to equip,
empower and bring hope to Cambodians and their future.
Our most recent initiative, The Hope Centre (THC), has recently
been completed and celebrated its grand opening. THC is
AOCs response to meeting many of the urgent needs of the
region. The Centre will bring quality education and resources to
the region. THC will provide families with the knowledge and
resources necessary to increase their income, and secure their
future. A wide-range of non-formal education classes are to be
offered, from the English language to construction, leadership
training and computer classes, and other vocational training.

THE ACCOMMODATION
The Centre also contains private rooms and dormitories for up to 30 people such as international guests and
visiting teams, or local trainees from rural areas as we offer block courses., The Centre contains a large kitchen
and dining area and proffesional board room available for use.
AGRICULTURE
EQUIPPING & EMPOWERING RURAL COMMUNITIES
THROUGH TRAINING AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

85% OF PROVINCIAL
people rely on agriculture to survive. We train hundreds of
farmers in Stung Treng province effective agriculture practices.
This provides food security, increased job opportunities and
economic uplift to rural families in northern Cambodia. The
developed model of operation is financially sustainable for
these farmers. We raise goats, cows and pigs on our model
farm and use these animals as examples as we teach about the
best health and nutrition practices. More pig pens are sprouting
up along the Mekong in the likeness of the pens taught as part
of the program. Our hope is to supply pigs to beneficiaries at a
good price and with quality feeding ideas.

PROJECTS ON THE MODEL FARM


Include pigs and odourless pig pens, goat farming, crops
such as mushrooms, moringa plants, mahogany trees, corn
and silage making, cashew trees and nuts.

SREY JEN
Srey Jen (41) and her husband Long Sophat (48) live in Orey
Village in Thala district Stung Treng and have three sons.
They have been raising pigs in their village for the past three
years. The first year they raised four pigs, the second year 13
pigs. Srey Jen came to AOC and she learnt more in-depth
about raising pigs. Vaccines, medicine, general pig health
and how to take care of pigs was covered. A loan of $500
was approved to Srey Jen from AOC, with which she was
able to purchase a feed milling machine. With this machine,
she can produce her own feed which is significantly cheaper
than buying commercial feed. AOC provided her with a
recipe for pig feed. With this new information and training,
she had the confidence to raise 20 pigs. Her husband works
as a school teacher in Stung Treng with a monthly salary of
$150. With more pigs now being farmed on their land, they
have enough money to support a better lifestyle for the
family and can repay their loan in the next few weeks. Srey
Jen and Long Sophat hope that next year they can raise up
to 30 pigs.
WATER
WELLS, WATER, SANITATION, AND LATRINES

BRINGING CLEAN WATER


latrines and wells to rural communities.Working with the
community leaders and local Church is paramount. We connect
closely with the local Pastors to select the most in need
communities and village members as beneficiaries. We ensure
communities invest in the building and are educated to
maintain the wells independently after we leave. This
responsibility is led by our key volunteers from within the
Church. We provide the necessary locally sourced materials.
However, all filters and latrines are constructed alongside
villagers, with each family contributing $5USD towards the cost
of materials which gives them a sense of ownership

SPIRITUAL IMPACT
Implementing and installing these wells, water filters, and
latrines enable us to have spiritual impact through
empowering the local churches and being role models of
leadership and Godly character. AOC and the Pastor visit the
homes of the beneficiaries at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after
installation. This supports the Church's growth and
development within the community and builds relationships
with the people in the villages, enabling the Pastors to share
the Good News of Jesus Christ.

SRIN NAT AND FAMILY


15 families use this well, near Srin Nat's home. Before having
a well, during the wet season Srin Nat and her family would
get their water from a small contaminated pond. When it
was the dry season, they would source from an uncovered
hand dug well just 5m deep. However, this would also run
dry meaning long, often unsuccessful walks for water. The
family had a lot of problems with diarrhoea and hospital
expenses. In the dry season, the family cannot wash
themselves or their clothes because they have to preserve
the water for cooking. Dirty water meant a lot of diarrhoea
and hospital. Now not only does the family have better
health, but Srin can grow vegetables in her home garden for
income.