Chomka Somraong is located in the city of Battambang at the heart of the major rice producing area of the country.Battambang boasts of being the second largest city in Cambodia but it shares that claim with both Kompong Chhnang and Siem Reap. Since Cambodia lacks accurate census figures it is only fair to say it is one of the largest cities in Cambodia, although it is small when compared to Phnom Penh. The population runs around 150,000. 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 major city street on the eastern edge of town.The major orphan producing factors for the home are land mines, war and disease. Battambang was at the heart of the Khmer Rouge fighting peace in 1998. Due to the strategic importance of the city as a route to Thailand, the area was heavily mined by both Khmer Rouge and Cambodian forces during the past 27 years. 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 Chomka Somraong family orphans finish each day gathering for church devotions, before setting up their mosquito nets and going to sleep.