Phsar Chas (Old Market) is a section of Kompong Speu city, the capital of Kompong Speu Province. This home was previously called Kompong Speu Church Orphan HomeKompong Speu numbers about 20,000 people.
Kompong Speu is not a very productive province agriculturally as it is prone to drought. Lumber used to be a major source of economic livelihood, but the area has been largely deforested over the past 20 years. Many of the residents are unemployed and poverty is a major problem. AIDS, childbirth complications, malaria and poor health care facilities have led to a large population of orphan children.The Phsar Chas home is the first home opened by Foursquare Children of Promise in Cambodia in 1999.
The home is located on a one-acre orchard, which includes mangos, papayas, limes and coconuts. The rear of the property runs along the Speu river which provides irrigation water and a place of recreation for the children. The front of the property faces one of the main streets in Kompong Speu.Every morning at 5:30am the children and staff arise and all participate in a group devotional study, consisting of a time of praise and worship, prayer, and studying the bible. After devotions, the children that are old enough, go to public school. After school all the children help with the chores around the home, and then they enjoy playing soccer, marbles, and Cambodian games.