Arrupe Centre: providing training for jobs and livelihoods. The handicrafts centre is a shop where people with a disability receive training and employment. Women who may not have been able to earn a living due to the stigma of having a physical disability are given the chance to use their own handicraft skills to earn a living wage. There is a group of 3 people to the country to find such a child every day from Monday to Friday.
Ta Hen, the parish community of Ta Hen is extremely active in its pastoral activities. The youth are organized into 10 ecclesial groups, with the members of each group journeying together to deepen their faith, learning catechism, serving the poor in their community, animating the liturgy and leading the daily prayers.
Once a year, the parish of Ta Hen holds a summer camp for the youth. Volunteers from different countries spend one month assisting the older students of the community organize activities and games.
Promoting Cambodian art and culture: Traditional dance helps the youth reconnect with their cultural past, and strengthens the mutual trust and communication between the traditional community and the new generations. Dancing has also helped to enrich the experience of liturgy in Ta Hen.
Ta Hen operates a sewing, weaving and embroidery program, teaching people how to produce the native Kroma and other handicrafts.
The land and the community laboring together ensure food for everybody. The rice harvests of the Church fulfill the community’s needs and are shared as well with the poor and most needy.
Tep Im Student Centre: Tep Im hosts, educates and supports young people (boys and girls). In their studies of secondary education and university. The Centre gives priority to those who belong to families in greatest need and those who come from places where there is still no access to secondary education. It is an appropriate way to help the Cambodian families in need is to offer the possibilities to their sons and daughters to have an education and this way find a profession, be a economic support to the family and contribute to the development of the country.
Reprinted from ”Apostolic Prefect of Battmbang” July 2010