The Krolai home is located the Ratanakiri Province of Cambodia, about twelve hours drive from the nations capital, Phnom Penh.During the rainy season reaching this home is extremely difficult as the dirt roads turn into muddy swamps. Ninety percent of the people in this extremely remote area of Cambodia are farmers. The Ratanakiri Province consists of twelve tribal groups, each of which has their own distinct language.
This far northeastern province of Cambodia is one of the most beautiful, yet undeveloped areas in Cambodia. There are no highways leading to Kro Lai from the capital, only simple pot-holed dirt roads. Due to the remote location, many villagers are also deprived of basic education and medical care which results in a significantly shorter life span for the people of Ratanakiri. Malaria, typhoid, and cholera are just some of the illnesses which plague this geographic location.
The farmers of Ratanakiri grow rice, vegetables, cashews, and raise water buffalo and cows. They also hunt using crossbows with poison-tipped bamboo arrows. Many still wear traditional costumes, which include sarongs, tattooed faces and ivory tusk earrings in their elongated earlobes.
In 2002, Foursquare Children of Promise began evangelizing and building relationships with the different tribal groups of Ratanakiri. Since then, the gospel has been spreading like wildfire! When the tribal members see the love the pastors have for the orphans, the widows, and the poor, it creates a hunger in them to know more about gospel.
Every morning, the children of the Kro Lai Home begin their day with a morning devotional. After Bible study, worship, and prayer, they eat breakfast. Some go to school in the morning, and others attend school after lunch. When the children are not in school, they might help with house chores, take a nap, or play games. The children enjoy playing soccer, Cambodian games, and learning traditional dances.