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Savings & Credit To help families deal with the daily reality of extreme poverty, World Relief provides small loans for hard-working men and women. Today, 39,000 families are beneﬁtting from this ministry. World Relief has also brought agricultural training and launched savings groups enabling poor families to come together and build a more sustainable economy.
Strengthening Children World Relief's children's ministry, known as Hope for Cambodia's Children, resembles a Vacation Bible School or backyard Bible club program in the U.S. But out of this humble beginning, a remarkable and transformative ministry has grown.
Mobilizing for Life More than 680 Hope Teen Clubs have been formed to encourage youths to choose abstinence. Also, cell churches provide compassionate ministry to people living with HIV/AIDS. Mobilizing for Life builds leadership skills in youth, educates them about the causes of disease, and builds support networks that enable young people to make wise decisions about their futures.
Trafﬁcking Prevention World Relief works hand-in-hand with cell churches to train members to see situations where human trafﬁcking can take place, and provides help for churches assisting trafﬁcking victims.
HIV/AIDS: With the highest rate of HIV infection in all of Asia, Cambodia is particularly vulnerable. High-risk populations such as commercial sex workers (CSWs) are recognized as spreading the disease to men, wives and children. Though progress has been made through government programs, weak human resource capacity and poor health systems raise concerns about the future of HIV in the country.
SEX TRAFFICKING: Human trafﬁcking remains a signiﬁcant problem, which is the result of desperate poverty and the predatory designs of trafﬁckers who seek to force vulnerable individuals into prostitution and exploitative labor.
AGRICULTURE: Subsistence farming remains the only livelihood for approximately 70% of Cambodia's people. Deforestation, which leads to soil erosion, crop failure, and poor yield, means that most people in Cambodia struggle below the poverty line. Without any infrastructure, training, or mechanism for loans, farmers have little hope of breaking out of the poverty cycle.
HEALTHCARE: With a high mortality rate and little health care in the rural areas, the need for basic health information is essential. The incidence of major infectious diseases is very high, and there is a need for training in preventative measures.