The Rung Reung Church Orphan Home is located in Preah Vihear Province.The area is bordered on the north by both Thailand and Laos and is an upland plateau and mountainous area. Though most of the people are involved in subsistence farming, there is little paddy rice production in the province. The total population of the province is near 120,000 people. The capital city is also known as Preah Vihear and is the only city of significant size in the province. This region was one of the last areas to be liberated form Khmer Rouge Control and was heavily mined, especially in border areas.
Malaria is the number one killer in the province. Of the three strains of malaria that are common in Cambodia, the most deadly strain is found in this region. It is especially lethal to young children as a child can go from first symptoms to death in less than 48 hours. Due to the lack of development and poor state of agricultural production, Preah Vihear is one of the poorest provinces in the country. Malaria is the most common cause of orphaned children, landmines, childbirth complications, along with poor healthcare, also contribute to the large orphan population in this area.
In the evening, after dinner, all the kids gather for evening devotions and bible study. This is a special time of reflecting and discussing the day. In addition, it is not unusual for all the kids to join in a few songs of worship. Just before bed the kids review their lessons from school. Its nine oclock, time to sleep!