And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.
For many years the garbage and refuse of Phnom Penh would make its way to Stung Meanchey dump on the southeast corner of the city. This massive landfill sprawled out across nearly 100 acres and contained thousands of tons of garbage. And it was among this garbage that many poor residents of Phnom Penh sought to make a living for themselves. Every day for nearly 15 years over 1000 adults, youth, and children would go out with long metal hooks and pick apart the piles of trash searching for plastics, glass, and aluminum cans which they could sell to recyclers in order to earn a meager salary, usually less than a dollar a day.
While their families and older siblings would go out to pick through the garbage, usually the smallest children of these families would play in the dump or wait for their parents to come back with something to eat. These children suffer greatly from malnutrition and diseases which flourish in such toxic environments.
In 2009 the Cambodian government took steps to permanently close the Stung Meanchey landfill as part of an effort to clean up the area and improve the health of the general public. However, this has not meant an end to the need for centers like the Joy Day Care Center. Many of the families have simply relocated to the new garbage processing facilities and continue their daily search for recyclables and many of the old slums surrounding the old dump remain while the government continues to clean up the area.
Through partnerships with organizations like Crossroads International, TransformAsia has been able to develop a wonderful facility for the Joy Day Care Center and has been able to acquire vehicles to use when picking the children up every morning and taking them home in the evenings.
We ask that you would please pray for this ministry and consider joining TransformAsia in taking care of and showing God’s love to these children!
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. ~Matthew 10:42