New Development Center
New Development for the Adolescent Care
A safe home for domestic abuse victims
Children that are being raised by a single parent is becoming more prevalent in Cambodian society today. The country is striving to survive and transition from being predominantly an agricultural society to an industrialist based is a great big challenge. Throughout history, most Cambodians owned small lots of farmland and grow rice and other agricultural crops for food and sell some to make their living. This means that most of them were self-employed.
Typical farmers would wake up very early (as early as 3:30am or so) to plow their fields, sow their seeds or perhaps, harvest their crops, before getting too hot to work with their animals when the sun would come up. They usually finished their daily work around 10:00am. The rest of the day, they just hang out at the house preparing food for family while resting from the heat of the day.
When they work in factories, they have to learn to be on time. Moreover, they have to transition from being self-employed to work under the supervision of someone other than their own family members. It’s quite a challenge for most everyone.
Because most of the job markets are located so far from most villages that means a husband is forced to leave his wife or vice versa. Wives or adult children have to leave family homes for job wherever it maybe. Because of the long separation, many husbands and wives end up being divorced or children are being raised by a single parent. Many wives that leave behind their home villages, many times end up remarried which is a cause for many domestic abuses across the nation.
Due to all of these reasons, TransformAsia in partnership with local and national government of Cambodia, established a newly formed program to create a safe house called, “New Development Center for Adolescent Care” (NDAC) to look after these young victims with the love of Jesus. Since they are school aged, we send most, if it is not all, of these children to attend a local public school. We provide school uniforms, bicycles, all necessary school supplies and help with other school fees. We are also providing daily spiritual nurturing to these precious children with the love of Christ.
The capacity of the New Development for Adolescent Care can hold up to 80 boys and girls at a single time. On average they will come and stay in the center for around 3-4 years while special exceptions and extensions are made on a case by case basis. Presently we are prayerfully seeking dedicated staff members who can help to bring these boys and girls into the center from various villages and around the country in addition to those girls and boys that are brought to us through family referrals and through the Ministry of Social Affairs. At present we have less than thirty boys and girls. This is because our funding has dropped as a result of the current financial crisis. Join the TransformAsia family as we provide a loving environment for these girls and boys to heal and attend school so that they can support themselves and their families. $39 a month will allow one child the chance to live in a safe environment and to become whole again as he or she work to rebuild their life. Join with us today so that we can help more boys and girls to prepare for a better life.