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134 million children between the ages of 7 to 18 have never been to school.

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1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.

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Whenever you have helped the least of these my brothers, you have helped me."

-- Matthew 25:40

Archived News from Cambodia

Delivering food by boat
CARE estimates that only 36% of Cambodians have access to safe water. The World Bank also estimates that over 40% of Cambodians subsist on less than one dollar a day, well under the poverty line. One third of the population cannot read nor write.


Cambodia – Second Annual Work Camp

The second annual Cambodia Work Camp, a joint endeavor of the JELA Foundation and the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC), was held from September 4th through September 11th. Six volunteers participated in a school building work project in Phnom Srouch, a village three-hours southwest of Phnom Penh by car, with the school building project sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation Cambodia. The group also visited the Sakura Cambodia Organization (SCO), a local NGO which runs a training school for poor and orphaned children in Phnom Penh. Established in 2007, the SCO currently provides Japanese and English language courses as well as computer training and traditional dance for 189 students ranging in ages from elementary through high school. At the SCO, volunteers taught Japanese language and enjoyed cultural exchange with the students. JELA hopes to continue working with LWF Cambodia and organizations such as the SCO to support their missions in Cambodia.

Building a Primary School

Education is one of but many needs in Cambodia, as the nation strives for development in the wake of a sad history, including the Pol Pot led genocide of the 1970’s. World Bank figures say 42.4% of the population still subsists on less than one dollar per day, well below the poverty line. Many rural communities suffer from disease, malnutrition, lack of drinking water and unemployment. Building and improving school facilities in such areas is considered a major step in helping the local population foster their own development as they address the many challenges of their surroundings.