Ratanak International is a Ministry that works to bring hope to Cambodia. Their focus is summarized in 5 main pillars: ending exploitation and abuse, improving education, creating better infrastructure, strengthening medical care, and modeling servanthood to the vulnerable and marginalized. How this partnership will work is that we will partner with a specific project that they are working on, and collectively seek to raise enough money to fund their needs in this specific area.
This website serves as an opportunity to celebrate all that God has done through a few photos and generous hearts, and rejoicing in all that He has in store for a nation that is His, and children that He delights in and calls His own. May this bless you as a reminder of His relentless love and stand as a testament to His ability to multiply our offerings into great blessings.
The general project that we have chosen to partner with is called the “Ratanak Achievement Program” (RAP), which is “…a group home for girls rescued from trafficking who have completed their rehabilitative care and are ready to begin the process of reintegration into Cambodian society. This program is one of the first of its kind, providing the girls with attentive care as they pursue vocational training and educational opportunities. Girls are provided with therapy and counselling as they learn to make independent decisions and take responsibility for their futures.”
One specific need for this project is therapy. Although these young women are in the last stages of their recovery, therapy and counseling are still very important, if not even more important, as they face all that has society has to offer. The real world is a harsh place, and that is magnified for these girls because of their background, the stigma that can come with it, and their own emotional challenges they face each day. I am filled with a HUGE heart of gratitude to ALL of you who donated through these photos as we were able to raise enough money to cover the cost of outside therapy and therapy tools for ALL the girls in the RAP home!
A huge thank you to all my 2014 and 2015 clients who helped cover the cost of family visits and support that the RAP staff provide the young women. Family visits are a very important part of reintegration because it’s important for the girls to have the support of their family and to stay connected to those relationships, as those are key relationships for life. Security concerns are always taken into consideration and family visits only happen when appropriate. Staff always accompanies the girls for these visits. Family visits usually happen roughly twice a year and might include travel to border provinces that are a fairly lengthy journey. The support part of the budget is for the regular visits that the staff have with reintegrated girls as even though the girls are no longer technically part of RAP once they are reintegrated, ongoing support and connection is still very important as they learn to live independently.
Thousands of Cambodian women are victims of human trafficking every year, as they are tricked or kidnapped and sent to other countries for forced marriage and to be domestic slaves. Their papers are stripped from them and they become trapped in a country where they know no one and don’t speak the language. Ratanak is working collaboratively with other NGOs and governments in a variety of countries to help bring these men and women home. This involves coordination among agencies to confirm identities and have the appropriate paperwork drawn up, medical care, emotional and psychological counselling upon return to Cambodia, and assistance with housing, education, and employment as they return home.