With money raised for the proposed shift into town now being directed toward building, Savong wasted no time in getting the project started. Here you can see where the extension is heading – out towards the gates. In Cambodia, timber is fiercely expensive, so those beams are like gold.
When this children’s home was first built in 2008, thanks to a generous American family, the Quills, it was envisaged that the SOC would house less than 20 children. However as soon as it was built, local families expressed interest. Poverty is a problem in rural Siem Reap, and some families find it extremely difficult during hard seasons to adequately support their children.
The annual budget for the SOC has risen over time – in 2012 it came to just over $2500 per month including food, education for the children, staff, transport and the special events that punctuate the yearly calendar. This comes to around $60 per child per month.