Watch the video above to learn more about Dara and how the Church in Cambodia has supported him and his family.
Dara was only 11 years old when he lost his hand and most of his eyesight when he picked up an unexploded ordnance he found on his family farm. Concerned about being able to provide the special care and education now needed, Dara’s parents were grateful when the Arrupe Centre, established by Bishop Enrique ‘Kike’ Figaredo Alvargonzalez, offered their son a home and the support he needs. Now, two years on, Dara has been able to learn Braille, enjoys going to school and playing with his friends at the home. There are many more children like Dara who rely on the life-changing support provided by Bishop Kike and the Arrupe Centre. Your gift today can help the Centre reach out to children and young adults with disability and help empower them to create a bright future.
At just 16 years old, Chen’s life changed in a moment when he stood on a landmine that took both of his legs. With his family already struggling to make ends meet, they were unsure if they would be able to provide the necessary care for Chen. Thankfully, Bishop Kike, offered a lifeline, which has opened up many doors for Chen. The Arrupe Centre, established by Bishop Kike in north-western Cambodia in 2001, has been a home for many people, especially children, with disability – helping to empower them and offer opportunities they might otherwise not have. However, there are many more children like Chen that rely on the support and care that the Arrupe Centre provides. By donating today, you can help restore dignity and empower people living with a disability, like Chen.
Watch the video above to learn more about Chen and how the Church in Cambodia has supported him and his family.
The impact of the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, and the nearly twenty years of civil war that followed, is still felt today. Buried, unexploded landmines still cause accidents across the country today. Distressingly, although many organisations are working to clear these landmines, on average, 100 accidents and casualties still occur each year – and there is little support provided for these people. Your donation will help Bishop Kike and the Arrupe Centre continue to make a difference in Cambodia today.
Bishop Enrique Figaredo Alvargonzalez has been supporting children and adults with disability in Cambodia for 20 years.
Chen and Dara both have new opportunities to pursue thanks to the support of the Arrupe Centre.
Residents at the Arrupe Centre like to play sports such as soccer, basketball, tennis and swimming.
Dara and his fellow classmates studying at the Arrupe Centre - each resident is given the chance and support to receive a holistic education.
Traditional dancing is important in the Khmer culture.
The Arrupe Centre relies on the support of people like you to ensure that more children with disability are supported.
The Arrupe Centre provides children and youth, like Chen, with shelter, food and healthcare, education and career opportunities to help empower them and build their future. The Centre works in conjunction with the Outreach program, another Church-run mission project in Battambang, which provides practical support - such as food, microloans, scholarships for the siblings, and repair of homes - to the families of the Arrupe residents. Without this critical support, many families would struggle to provide adequate care and support for their loved ones. Your support will help us reach out to the most vulnerable in communities like Chen’s around the world. Please donate today.
Your tax-deductible gift, which supports programs for children and communities such as health and nutrition, water and medical supplies. Should you not need a tax-receipt, your gift can support all these programs, as well as programs supporting seminarians, novices and catechists while they persevere through lockdown.
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