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Cambodian Hope Organization (CHO)

The story of BRBC's 2014 visit to Cambodia can be found here

Through Tearfund, BRBC became a “Connected Church” with the Cambodian Hope Organization (CHO) in Poipet, Cambodia in 2011.

The background to this is that rather than plan a project from scratch, we decided to work with an existing partner organisation where a real need had already been identified. In 2010 we started to engage with Tearfund on an initial project in Cambodia with a hope that this would lead to a longer term relationship, both with Tearfund and their Cambodian partner CHO. Tearfund’s approach to mission work is to work alongside carefully selected local partners.

CHO is a Christian NGO that was founded in 2002 in the commune of Poipet. It was initially set up to address the issue of child trafficking in order to reduce its impact in the Ou Chrov and Malai districts of the Banteay Meanchey Province.

Since 2002, CHO has grown to target other social groups including single parents, families affected by HIV and individuals in need of vocational training and support. CHO currently runs nearly a dozen different projects across the Cambodian border towns and employs over eighty skilled members of staff.

The first team of six from BRBC visited CHO October 2011 for two weeks to understand CHO's work and secondly to explore how in practice BRBC could work with it in partnership.
 
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A second team of eight visited in October and November 2014 for two weeks. The purpose of this visit was to work alongside CHO staff and the wider community in some specific areas. These included: training for pastors and new church leaders, health education, IT skills, English and Maths teaching, digital photography, video and bakery skills.

To read more about their experiences have a look at their blog and in particular the entries for the months of October and November 2014.
 
Sue, Matt, Graham, Tim, Ellie, David, Michelle, Rod