Last month our ChildSafe team was teaching at a pagoda outside of the city when one of the monks told us about a family that needed help.
16 year old Sreyna* was living in a small rickety wooden house with her younger brother and sister. Their parents did not live with them because they were away earning money as construction workers to earn and income and pay off debts. Sreyna did not want to move with them because she wanted to stay in school and continue her education even though she had to bicycle 8 km to school every day.
When the strong winds came this year the walls and the roof of their small house collapsed but luckily no one was injured. The three children moved to live with a nearby relative but living conditions there were crowded and not much better.
M’Lop Tapang’s Outreach Team has helped to rebuild the family’s house and now Sreyna and her siblings have a safer place to live. With the support of M’Lop Tapang’s ‘Back to School’ program, Sreyna is able to continue her education and her younger sister has started to go to schools as well. The younger brother has become a monk. The Outreach team is continuing to follow up with the family and has been providing emergency food supplies when needed.
“I feel warm when I have a new house and I am happy that my sister is back in school.”
So far this year, M’Lop Tapang’s Outreach Team has helped 26 vulnerable families with urgent house repairs.
*name changed for confidentiality