Located in the western side of the country, Pursat Province covered mainly by mountainous terrain is the fourth largest of Cambodia. Pursat province is surrounded by Battam Bong, The Tonle Sap, Kampong Chnang, Kampong Speu, Koh Kong and Thailand. There are 6 big districts. It’s 174 kilometers from Phnom Penh, Capital City. It’s accessible by National Highway 5, by boat and by a railway. There is also an old slowly train working between Phnom Penh and Battambang, which stops outside (2km) from Pursat. Area of Pursat Province is 12,692 Square Kilometers.
The province consists of some typical plain wet areas near the Tonle Sap Basin, covering rice fields and other agricultural plantations. The country has a tropical climate – warm and humid. The current population in this province is about 442,973 people with 214,651 male and 228,342 female. The population density is therefore 35 people per square kilometers. Pursat’s economy consists basically of agricultural farming, fishery, rice and fruit cropping in the North of the province near the Tonle Sap Basin.
In fact of poverty crisis, daily low working pay, landmine explosion, and immigration, many children are orphaned, abandon, abused, abandoned, neglected. Firstly, some of their parents have gone to work oversea, but never come back for ages (don’t know he/she is dead or alive). They left children behind to live with relatives or grandparents who force them to work hard day and night and who regard them as slave. They could not be sent to school as other children. Secondly, some go to the jungle cutting woods for cooking or to cultivate the land for planting crops to earn for living. Unfortunately, they stepped on landmine and died. Thirdly, because of poverty condition, children have to go to earn money by begging on the street, getting labored of low pay and picking up things to be sold only for supporting family. They give up their education. Additionally, some 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 for Orphans 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 Pursat Children are rescued and get full care by New Hope. They live with peace, joy, hope, and dream. We hope New Hope will get more children to come in and have a better life than before.