Participants in this program will enjoy a mix of hands-on patient interaction and important learning exchange opportunities with local medical staff, all while experiencing the amazing culture and sites of Cambodia! For a complete description of the program, and to apply, visit hopeww.org/hsc .
Dr. Navy Kong, our local Medical Corps coordinator, shared the following trip objectives:
Provide free primary healthcare including medical, optical, surgical and dental care to the rural poor of Cambodia by working closely with Cambodian health professionals with learning exchange opportunities at Baray-Santuk Referral Hospital, Baray Santuk Districts, KomPong Thom Province, Cambodia.
Partake in a “Compassion Tour” through an in-depth tour of the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH) and the HOPE worldwide Medical Centers (HMCs) with good staff interaction, Q and A time and discussion of needs, opportunities, etc. While in Phnom Penh, observe inpatient and outpatient rounds with opportunities to consult based on expertise.
Provide direct humanitarian exchange while visiting Home Base Care patients of HOPE worldwide – Cambodia. Lend social and emotional support through providing food and educational materials for 200 students as well as hunger relief for 100 OVC/AIDs destitute families. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a music therapy program for 200 homeless patients at hospices in Phnom Penh and the Kandal province.
Enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of Cambodia and diverse cultures.
Dr. Rin Receiving the Empathy Amplified AwardClick here to watch .
Jenny Harkabus spent Christmas serving in the Philippines. She wrote this, and also made a short video:
I did not imagine that I would be spending Christmas in the Philippines for my first HOPE Youth Corps experience. This opportunity has deeply changed my perspective on the importance of service in my daily walk.
We are created in God's image, therefore we are meant to help and serve others. I know this to be true because I have never felt so used by God and fulfilled, than the times spent serving and pouring out my love in the Philippines.
James 1:27 says, " Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Some translations refer to this as true religion. The bible also stresses the importance of giving to the poor (1 John 3:17, Matt 9:21, Proverbs 14:31). God considers caring for the poor and orphans as true religion, yet this can be an area of faith that is overlooked.
I was privileged to spend time with girls who have experienced trauma and abuse at the HOPE worldwide center in Laguna. Many of these girls have been separated from their families, becoming orphans, as a result of the abuse they have experienced. I also received the opportunity to play with children within the community as we rebuilt their homes and provided them with medical care. I witnessed the children’s precious value for human relationships, as they clung to me emotionally and physically. They showed me instant love and respect, which I find to be rare in today’s society. Our focus should be about investing in others just as the children in the Philippines invested in me.