The Toul Serey home is an orphan care facility located in Cambodia’s Kompong Speu Province.
The home is at a central location, with eight villages surrounding it. The home is in quiet, rural area, surrounded by fields where farmers grow rice, harvest palm sugar, and raise cattle. 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. The Kompong Speu province is very poor, and poverty is a major problem in the region. AIDS, childbirth complications, malaria and poor health care facilities have led to a large population of orphan children.
Construction on the Toul Serey orphan home was completed in January 2004. 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 Toul Serey family orphans finish each day gathering for devotions, before setting up their mosquito nets and going to sleep.