Dear Xenos Friends,
We have had an amazing year together. So many things happened and God was faithful through it all. You were all part of it through your financial commitment, your prayers and other support given. We've outlined several of these good things below in our Annual Report.
We are looking forward for what God is about to do in the next year through the Fountain of Hope. Thank you for partnering with us!
Many blessings and love!
Bunnath, Nareth and Joke
2014 Annual Report
During the 1970s, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge communist regime tortured and executed an estimated 2 million men, women and children, inciting years of civil war and United Nations occupation. Now, a small middle class is emerging, though heartbreaking poverty is still the norm. At least half the population is under the age of 24.
God has made amazing progress in Cambodia during the past 25 years — and Fountain of Hope (FOH) believes it can play a crucial role in winning this impoverished, war-torn country to Christ.
Our organization works through local cell churches to mobilize community members to respond to social, medical and spiritual problems with biblical solutions. By sharing what they’ve learned with families, friends and neighbors, these individuals demonstrate Christ’s love, become natural leaders and create a greater impact than what FOH can produce alone. FOH’s extensive volunteer network remains connected to implement programs, identify needs and distribute resources.
- Established non-government organization and received permission to operate in 4 provinces
- Hired over 40 program, administrative and support staff
- Developed 3 year plan and logical framework for all programs
- Established each of our programs, see below, in four provinces
- Secured capital and operating funds for the first year of operations
- Established board of directors
- Established foundation in the Netherlands
The FOH Staff operate the following four programs in conjunction with community leaders in four provinces: Pursat, Kandal, Tboong Khmom and Takeo.
Life of Hope
The goal of this program is to grow and expand the Kingdom of God by multiplying local cell churches. With 15 years of experience planting 1,200 cell churches, the FOH staff is spreading the hope of the gospel, especially in unreached areas. Members of cell churches reach out to neighbors and family, sharing Christ and meeting physical needs. In 2014 we formed 16 cell churches with a total of 84 members.
Life with Value
Community leaders work alongside Fountain of Hope staff to initiate programs that deal with the most pressing community problems. A snapshot of ongoing focus areas:
- Because Cambodia is considered a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking, teaching curriculum on prevention and child protection is crucial for all ages.
- FOH offers HIV/AIDS prevention education, care for people living with HIV, support for orphans and economic assistance for affected families.
- Health messages are given in local villages to prevent dengue fever, diarrhea, malaria and other life-threatening diseases.
- Addressing the issues of domestic violence and drug abuse raises awareness of the destructive nature of these behaviors for individuals and the community.
- There were 31 groups formed in 2014 with 209 people attending.
Our Strong Village
This program helps churches and communities meet needs with existing resources and skills, equipping them to forge their own future. For example, the flowering plant moringa is packed with protein, iron, calcium and vitamins, and it has been instrumental in the fight against malnutrition. FOH staff educates communities on the benefits of this crop, as well as farming techniques. We were able to form 26 community groups and have over 130 people participating.
Joy of Our Children
Bi-weekly neighborhood meetings for children ages 5 to 12 offer lessons about health, hygiene and the love of God through songs, Bible verses, skits and puppet shows. Teen programs focus on HIV prevention, care for people living with the disease and support for affected children. There are 29 children’s groups with a total of 1,650 participants. The youth are divided into two age groups, ages 12-14 and 15-18. There are 38 groups for the youth with 238 regular participants.
Nareth Peang, co-country director. Nareth started following Christ at age 17. He completed his studies at Phnom Penh Bible School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Build Bright University and a master’s in business administration from National University of Management. For more than 15 years, Nareth served with World Relief Cambodia as a bible trainer, provincial program leader, chief information officer a d member of the senior management team. Nareth and his wife, Nary, have two children, Caleb and Jedidihya.
Bunnath Nop, co-country director. Bunnath became a Christian in 1992. He attended Phnom Penh Bible School and completed his master’s in business administration at Western University, focusing on management and communication. During the past 15 years, he served with World Relief Cambodia as a Kampong Cham provincial leader, program director and member of the senior management team, working to encourage staff and assist provincial leaders. Bunnath and his wife, Chakryamatine, have two children, Zoe and David.
Joke van Opstal, country advisor. A registered nurse originally from the Netherlands, Joke (pronounced “YO-kuh”) began her missionary career working in a refugee camp in the early ’90s as part of Youth With a Mission (YWAM). She moved to Cambodia in 1993, joined World Relief in 1994 and established Hope for Cambodia’s Children. The Way of Hope movement grew out of that ministry and today has over 1,200 cell churches. Before launching Fountain of Hope, she served in various leadership roles for World Relief Cambodia. Joke has completed studies at the Discipleship Training School, School of Biblical Studies and School of Frontier Missions. She’s also a single mother of six adopted children.
The Fountain of Hope was fully operational beginning in May 2014. The following reflects operational and the associated capital and startup costs.
1 Includes vehicles, office equipment, office furnishings, program equipment, NGO registration, internet and phones
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