Living Hope team to visit Cambodia

Living Hope Christian Fellowship is hoping to raise $20,000 to move into the second phase of a project in Cambodia.

Cambodia is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is about one-fifth the size of British Columbia and has a population of almost 15 million people.

After years of war the Khmer Rouge took over in 1975. This regime devastated the country. About 2 million people were killed and many fled the country. The civil war and subsequent genocide markedly affected the Cambodian population; 50 per cent of the population is younger than 22 years old.

An education has become a higher priority in Cambodia but because 80 per cent of the population is rural, poor children are often removed from school at an early age and their studies are incomplete.

In 2012 Living Hope Christian Fellowship partnered with Asian Outreach Cambodia which resulted in a youth centre being built in Kandal province, Lvea Em district, complete with 10 computers and classroom furniture.

This year we hope to fund courses in English and computers at this youth centre to facilitate job opportunities for 100 young people in an undereducated group ages 17 to 25.

A team from Living Hope is going over to Cambodia in October 2013. We are hoping to raise $20,000 to move into the second phase of the project with plans to equip vulnerable youth with the technical, vocation, and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods.

Mark your calendars! The silent auction will take place at Comox Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall, 1919 Guthrie Road, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug.16.

There will be a number of items donated by Comox Valley businesses to be auctioned off. Entertainment, food and beverages will be supplied for a cover charge of $5 per person. Even if you do not want to bid on the items please come and enjoy an evening of fun!

— Living Hope Christian Fellowship