The Balang Church Orphan Home is located in Northwestern Cambodia in the Banteay Meanchey Province.The Home was built and opened in October 2005. Only 200 yards down the road, is a rice mill that is in operation with the orphan home. Since 2004 there has been rapid growth in the small community. Several new shops, houses, and even a high school have sprang up and the town is booming. The church is also growing at a rapid rate, keeping up with the town! The orphan home serves as a special place for all the children in the community to come and feel Gods love poured into their lives.The major orphan producing factors for the home are land mines, war and disease. The area of Banteay Meanchey east of the home was a major crossroad between Battambang, Siem Reap, and the route to Thailand.It was at the heart of the Khmer Rouge fighting before peace came in 1998. Both Khmer Rouge and Cambodian forces heavily mined the area during the past 27 years. Malaria, tuberculosis, dengue fever, and other tropical diseases are common in the area with mosquito borne diseases the most prevalent.
A typical day for the children of the Balang home begins as they 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 orphans finish each day gathering for church devotions, before setting up their mosquito nets and going to sleep.