Ta Mart is located in Battambang Province at the heart of the major rice producing area of the country.
Battambang rice is famous for it’s wonderful quality and is in demand throughout the country. The topography of the area is that of a flat flood plain but the setting of the home is on a Village city street in a rural area. The typical profession of people attending worship services at the Ta Mart church home is farming.
The major orphan producing factors for the home are land mines, war and disease. Battambang was at the heart of the Khmer Rouge fighting prior to peace in 1998. Due to the strategic importance of the area as a “bread basket” which borders Thailand, the area was heavily mined by both Khmer Rouge and Cambodian forces during the 27 years preceding peace. Malaria, Dengue Fever, and other tropical diseases are common in the area with mosquito borne diseases the most prevalent.
A typical day begins as the children awake. Before eating breakfast, the orphans participate in devotions. The school age children either attend classes in the morning or in the late afternoon. After lunch, most of the orphans take naps, play, study, and take classes in the home. Later, they eat dinner, take care of the homes’ garden and plants, and attend an English class in the home. The Ta Mart family orphans finish each day gathering for church devotions, before setting up their mosquito nets and going to sleep.