Investing in our children and their communities
The Asia’s Hope Secondary School in Battambang, Cambodia
In January 2016, we dedicated our newly-constructed middle and high school on our campus in Battambang, Cambodia. This facility, along with a beautiful new soccer field, was made possible through the generosity of Crossroads Church (Mansfield, OH), sponsors of our Battambang 3 and Battambang 7 children's homes. Special thanks goes to Steve and Deb Ritchie, Crossroads members who underwrote the majority of the costs for land purchase and construction. Grace Community Church (Goshen, IN) also contributed toward construction, furnishing and startup costs for the school, which opened for classes in August 2016.
Executive Director John McCollum, board member Dr. John Campbell (and wife, Bobbi) joined a delegation from Crossroads Church for the dedication service. We were honored by the presence of the Battambang Provincial Governor, Chan Sophal, who gave the keynote address. We were also joined by various local and national dignitaries and government officials, and by our Cambodian National Director, Savorn Ou, and the entire Asia's Hope Battambang family. After the official dedication ceremony, all of the guests enjoyed a dinner under the stars. And after the official delegations departed, John McCollum, Dr. John Campbell and the whole Crossroads team joined the kids in a late-night dance party.
The school serves 140 Asia's Hope middle and high school students and nearly 100 children from the local community. Though it has not even finished its first academic year, the school is already considered one of the finest in Battambang. The soccer field is enjoyed on a daily basis not only by our staff and kids, but by teams from the surrounding area that we've invited for friendly matches and tournaments.
The Chapel (Akron, OH) has graciously provided funding for the first academic year. But we are currently seeking a sponsor — or sponsors — to take on the US$7,200 monthly budget for 2017 and beyond. If you, your church, your family or place of employment would like more information about this urgent need, please contact us today!
A place to grow and thrive
Improved and expanded athletic facilities in Thailand
Thanks to Grace Church (Wooster, OH) and Geoff and Kay Jollay of Chets Creek Church (Jacksonville, FL), we've invested in significant upgrades to the athletic fields on our Wiang Pa Pao and Doi Saket campuses in Thailand. These facilities provide daily benefit to 9 of our 10 homes in Thailand, and allow us to bless kids from the local community who often join our staff and kids for practices, games and tournaments.