|The Phdau Penn home is a beautiful orphan care facility and worship center in Cambodia’s Kompong Speu Province.The home is in a quiet, rural area, surrounded by fields where farmers grow rice, harvest palm sugar, and raise cattle. Other than a few grass dwellings, there are no homes near the church. It is at a central location, though, for eight villages surround it. The province is known for its palm trees. Palms tower above small trees and dense brush that border the open farmlands. The people near the church make a living as farmers or by logging in the nearby mountains.
Living and working in forested areas, the people are susceptible to getting bitten by mosquitoes. Malaria is spread– killing people and orphaning children. Children also lose parents to diseases that have take there toll on folks who do not have access to medical facilities and cannot afford treatment. Soon after the church was built, in the middle of year 2001, it was the setting of a massive effort to physically and spiritually heal the villagers of the area. During the seven day event, a great team of doctors came to treat thousands of desperate people.
On a typical day, the children wake up at 5 a.m. to wash up and prepare for the day. They meet for a morning devotional where they worship, pray, and study the Bible as a group. After breakfast, some of the children go to school while others wait and go to school in the afternoon. When they are not in school, they do chores around the home, attend a Khmer language class that meets in the church, sing songs, and play with the other children. The children like to play with toys and to swing on their swing set. They enjoy volleyball and soccer. Everyday, the children and caregivers meet to eat lunch and dinner as a family.