We are a haven for orphan and at risk children, families living with HIV/AIDS, and destitute elderly women. Songkrua Chun Aus Songkum (Rescue) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) registered since 2003 with the Cambodian government.
Rescue offers help to the helpless & hope to the hopeless. Rescue offers a future. Even when the orphan children grow up and go out into Cambodian society, Rescue will always be “home”.
Rescue has 3 centre's throughout Cambodia. Rescue I is located just outside of Phnom Penh near the town Bek Chan. Rescue II is in the northern Cambodian town of Mongkol Borey, and Rescue III is nestled near the Cardamon Mountains of western Cambodia in Pailin, just minutes from the Thai border. In addition to the centre's Rescue has 3 University Dorms 'House of New Dreams' that are located in the cities of Phnom Penh & Sisophan.
Rescue Cambodia is supported entirely by the generous donations of people who believe in what we are doing.
Surrounded by swaying palm trees and lush green rice fields, Rescue I was established in 2003, with the construction of 16 small homes with thatch roofs where families living with HIV/AIDS could come to be cared for. Seeing the need for additional housing for the orphaned children left behind when their parents passed away, ten homes were built on the property. The homes would have room for 10 boys or 10 girls, including a house Mom. As those homes filled up, another block of ten homes were added for more orphan and at risk children. Two Granny homes were also built shortly after for elderly 'orphaned' women.
Today, in addition to all the homes, if you came for a visit to Rescue I you would find the place bustling with its own elementary and high school, a learning centre, 2 baby houses, a youth centre, gardens, fish ponds, staff housing and lots of laughter and love.
When we first visited this area we found 70 kids living in two large hovels made of bamboo and thatch. Rescue offered to step in and help the group who were doing their best to care for these children with very limited means. Rescue II was then established in 2009.
Today, we have twelve homes for boys and girls who are cared for by our loving Cambodian staff. As at all our centres, they grow some of their own food in beautiful, lush gardens on the property.
In 2011, Rescue decided to open its third centre in this beautiful
location. The property is situated on a former banana plantation, and there is lots of room for the kids to play. As in the two other centres, there are ten boys or girls in each house. They are well cared for by our amazing Cambodian staff. Two government school are right next door just a short walk away.
This area of Pailin was the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. Today you can unearth rubies, sapphires, and diamonds if you are willing to venture into the distant hills where tigers roam!
HOUSE OF NEW DREAMS
Phnom Penh & Sisophon
At Rescue, we place a high value on education. When the children finish high school, we encourage them to pursue their dreams with higher education or some kind of vocational training. Since the universities and training schools are found in the larger cities, Rescue built 3 dorms where our young adults could live while they pursue their studies. They are aptly called 'House of New Dreams'. We have two dorms in the capital city of Phnom Penh, as well as one more in the city of Sisophon in the north. Graduates go on to find jobs in Cambodian society, including some of them coming back to be on staff at Rescue.