The Shelter of Love Center began through funding provided by an American couple, John and Anne Lewis, who formed the Faith Foundation with a desire to help needy children. Twenty-four acres of land were purchased in November of 2002 and the first building was begun in July 2003. The Shelter is operated as a non-governmental organization with a Cambodian staff of fifteen (15). The land is titled to the Shelter of Love Center. By January of 2005, two houses were built to accommodate fourteen (14) children in each as well as a small apartment for the house parents. The dining room was built to serve as a classroom and worship center on Sundays. A health care center and office were also completed in this building phase. By 2006, a laundry house was added. Seventeen (17) more children were able to join the Shelter of Love Center, due to the completion of the third house, bringing the total to fifty-one (51) children living at the Center.
Applications were received; home visits made, investigations and interviews were conducted in the villages to select the children most in need of a better living arrangement. Preference was given to orphaned children. In February of 2005, children entered the Shelter to make it their new home!
Sue Singleton “God has allowed me the privilege of working with the Khmer people since 1993. I first lived in the capital city of Phnom Penh, and later moved to Kampong Thom. In the evenings I teach English, using lessons from the Bible. On Sunday evenings, we study the Bible in the Khmer language. What a blessing it has been to see many young people accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, be active in the church, and be baptized.
God led me to a very special opportunity that has become a great joy! It was to be involved in the start of a new children’s home for orphans, abandoned and disadvantaged children. What a privilege it is to see Children literally rescued from dire situations and come to know the love Jesus Christ has for them.”
What the Center is currently up to:
Providing children with vocational training and/or university studies is an important goal for the Center, so that these children can be equipped to be Christian Cambodian citizens, able to make a difference in their country!
Most of the children were behind in school when they entered the center because they had not been able to attend school regularly enough to progress from one grade to the next, and some not at all. Since entering the Center, several of the children have been able to skip a grade, and have felt challenged by each other to do well in school. The children are presently learning computers and how to grow vegetables. Some are learning to play Khmer musical instruments and some are learning to sew. All of the children study English.