Cambodia Church Orphan Home
In January 2010, the AOK-Nick team partnered with an Olympia Washington church and one of its mission teams, with Warm Blankets Orphan Care International, to provide fresh drinking water and fish to the Kong Pixay Church Orphan home in Cambodia. With the construction of a well and a fully stocked pond the children of the home, cared for by Cambodian widows, are now provided with clean water and fish daily. The fish provide vital protein needed for growing children, or can be sold in the local market to provide funds for other needed supplies in the home.
The mission’s team also completed the construction of a security fence around the entire orphanage. This work consisted of digging trenches for the foundation, filling rock, mixing and pouring cement, laying brick and more. The process was labor intensive, involving mixing the cement by hand; shoveling dirt and small rock, and adding cement and water. Now, roaming cattle will not be able to roam on the land thus the children will be able to grow a garden of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Additional projects during the 12 day trip included the insulation of solar panels and lights installed in the Orphan home , blood testing for HIV and hepatitis as well as hepatitis vaccinations, and a special outing with the Orphans to shop for shoes, kitchen supplies and food like rice, oil and salt.
The AOK team raised and contributed $2,000 to these projects.