Pialin Children’s Home

Pialin Children’s Home

Pailin is a small municipality in the West of Cambodia very closed to the border of Thailand and surrounded by Battambang Province. The provincial capital is called Pailin City where is known to much of the world as an area where many of the Khmer Rouge leaders came from and retreated after their fall. Until the year of 2001 Pailin was part of the Battambang Province, but was then elevated to city status and thus became a province and autonomous zone of its own. There are 2 big districts. It’s about 400 kilometers from Phnom Penh, Capital City. It’s accessible by National Highway 5, by boat and by a railway. Once a part of regional power of the Khmer Empire, this province was called (Pailin) by Thai and later ruled by the Thai to varying degree from 1594 until 1946 when it was returned to Cambodia.
Pailin City municipality is the second smallest so-called province in Cambodia with 803 square kilometres and a total of population, 70,482. In the North, the small municipality consists of the typical plain wet area for Cambodia, covering rice fields and other agricultural plantations. The province also features some smaller rivers coming from the mountain range. Pailin is just another Wild West town of Cambodia and like the gold-rush days of California, people seem to be everywhere in the hills sifting through mud puddles and scratching at the dirt, looking to strike it rich with the find of a nice gem. Still, there is more control of some aspects of life than in other areas of Cambodia.
Unlike most of Cambodia, Pailin is composed primarily of uplands where little rice is grown. This makes it very difficult for farmers to rely on subsistence agriculture. Crop failures trigger collection of food and gems from the forests, increasing the number of landmine accidents. Many farmers produce non-traditional crops for the markets, including sesame, mung, and soya. In 2003-04 it produced 17,204 tons of maize, the second-highest production in the country. Today, people cannot find gems or go to the forest anymore because it belongs to the private company. The wage for the laborer is very low to feed the family, so many of people have emigrated to work illegally in Thailand. Some of them never heard to come back or sent any money for the family at all. Sometimes, some of them were killed by the landmines that buried in the ground by Pol Pot Regime and during Civil wars in the country. Thus, they have left children behind with the grandparents, with relatives, or with neighbor for whom they have served as slave without time to study. Because of poverty crisis, daily low working pay, landmine explosion, and immigration, children become orphaned, abandon, abused, abandoned, neglected. They could not be sent to school as other children. Additionally, some cut woods for cooking from the jungle and cultivate the land to plant crops for living. The older children in the family have to go with the parent to work in Thailand to earn more money of supporting family. They give up their education and don’t have nice clothes to wear as others. Conditionally, some of young girls fall into selling herself to be prostituted of supporting their families. They live without hope and future at all.
For this reason, New Hope is a home to rescue those children from suffering and persecution and provides them a new hope and dream for their own future. New Hope is searching every child to get life restored both physically and mentally. They will have a good life and right to fulfill their destinations as other children. New Hope is like a boat shipping children to the abundant life. Now, many children in Pailin Children are rescued and get full care by New Hope. A very nice building of children’s home is built almost to be completed. They will live with peace, joy, hope, and dream to come an end. We hope New Hope will get more children to come in and provide a better life for them than before.