This is a post from my friend Yireh Rivera who’s been doing outstanding ministry and missions abroad since graduating from American University Last year. Please stop by her blog (linked below) and encourage her in the comments.
CHO‘s projects were incredible. The days I spent with them I was able to see so much and begin to grasp the impact they have in the community. The need is massive, just to give a quick overview over 80% of the population lives in rural villages (yet water/irrigation is massive issue, and land efficiency methods are not widely known), 50% of the population is under 18 years old, and the literacy rate is outrageous.
Cambodia is one of those countries you don’t know where to begin to start understanding it. The sheer impact the Khmer Rouge (previous government) had on its population was so destructive and multifaceted that it seemed to me that the country was almost restarting from zero. The KR took out most of the top-tier of society (educators, professionals, etc) and “deported” people back to the rural areas.