A team of us spent 2 days in Rhenish Homes, an orphanage run by the International Christian Concern about an hour and a half’s drive outside of Phnom Penh. The last stretch of the road was unpaved, and full of potholes. Hence the ride was very bumpy and slow.
The orphanage is in a village of rice fields. The rainy season has just started, the fields are filled with rain water, and the young shoots of the rice are being planted. It makes very pretty pictures.
Such is the primitive situation in which the kids live. But, for them, this is paradise compared to what they were used to. Many used to make their living picking trash from the infamous garbage mountain. Some have stolen. There are 4 brothers here whose father ran away, whose sister died, and whose mother sells fruits in Phnom Penh but is often sick and cannot make enough money to feed them. Here they have a warm bed, clean clothes, clean and nutritious food, caring teachers, an education, a future, and God - all for free.