Bob & Clara Pace Children’s Home
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Current phase of support:
23 Double Orphans
150 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Siem Reap is the capital of the Siem Reap Province, the 10th largest province in northwestern Cambodia.
3,976 sq mi SQ. MILE 896,309 POP.
After decades of warfare, civil unrest, and political corruption, Cambodia emerges today as a broken nation, racked with poverty and the rampant spread of AIDS. As a result, hundreds of thousands of its children struggle in deplorable conditions – many live as orphans or homeless waifs, forced to scavenge on city streets to survive. Siem Reap is one of the most well visited cities in the world, full of history and natural beauty. However, the Siem Reap province is also the second poorest region in the nation. Sex trafficking is highly prevalent. This creates an atmosphere in which children are the most vulnerable and, sadly, they are often taken advantage of.
Bob and Clara Pace Children's Home is providing refuge for the children who are forgotten or not cared for.
Bob and Clara Pace Children's Home was first established in 2005, as a result of a desire Bob Pace was given when he felt the Lord calling him to Cambodia. The vision at the Bob and Clara Pace Children's Home is to provide not only shelter and food to address a child's basic survival needs, but also to provide an atmosphere of love, security, dignity, and family. This in turn provides the emotional and physical infrastructure that every child needs to feel confident and empowered to dream and reach beyond the cultural norm; which, for most Cambodians, is a cycle of poverty, broken families, and dysfunction. In addition to the 30 children living in the home, the home also utilizes its facilities to reach out to surrounding communities, providing meals, games, and youth programs for nearly 200 children. Your support helps this home continue to serve not only the children in their care, but also an entire surrounding community needing the love of Christ.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
4 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
In 2013, UNAIDS estimated that 75,000 people in Cambodia were living with HIV/AIDS, with 5,200 of them being children ages 0-14. Much of this is due to the high rate of sex trafficking in Cambodia.
Over 30% of the families in the Siem Reap Province live below the poverty line. Most often, children are the first to suffer from this as they must work instead of going to school.
Siem Reap is a major destination for trafficking victims. Poverty is one of the most significant causes for this, as well as the high rate of tourism. A UNICEF survey found that 35% of Cambodia's 15,000 prostitutes are children under the age of 15.
The children's home has taken in children who have been abandoned by their parents, due largely to poverty. Abandonment increases the child's risk of exploitation, making them very vulnerable.
People for Care and Learning (PCL), with the help of The Lazarus Foundation, created a residential facility in 2011 which today provides a loving home for 30 children daily. With additional help from donors and Serving Orphans Worldwide, the home has expanded over the years to include a dormitory, a kitchen, and recreation area.
In addition to a well-balanced diet, the children at Bob and Clara Pace Children's Home also receive medical exams when necessary. The emotional health of the children is also held in high regard, as overseers seek to guide them through difficult times and spur them on to a successful life, free of the hardships they once encountered.
The basic model at the home is one of "soul care," which finds roots in the fact that each child is a precious soul that must be cared for and nurtured. The overseers want the children to become agents of change first in their own life, and then in the world around them. Their ultimate aim is to raise disciples of Jesus.
The children at the home attend a private school, and their education is also supplemented through tutoring on the premises each afternoon. The home also offers nightly English classes to youth in the village. The home supports four students who recently graduated and are now attending university or vocational training.