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New Happy village is a community rehousing and development project, a ministry of the Fellowship of Hope Church, a local Khmer Church. The project is run by Pastor Sara and his wife Sochea in an area about 40 mins travel from the city.
Cambodian pastor Sara Sansy felt God call him to create new homes and communities for the very poorest people of Phnom Penh, living on the banks of the delta: people without a house, proper clothes, money or medicine.
With fellow Christians (a small minority in Cambodia) and Mission Direct he has built this new village for local people, with homes, education and healthcare.
We continue to renovate homes at Happy Village, where families have been relocated from slum areas and the toxic dumps that surround them.
TLC was opened in May 2008 in the New Happy Village at Koh Krobey in Kandal Province. It is named after Natarsha Charlesworth, a 22 year old trainee teacher from Australia, who wanted to come to Cambodia and teach the children in Happy Village, but sadly passed away in a white water rafting accident in October 2007. This education centre now provides regular English, Khmer, arts & crafts and story classes for nearly 100 children. They not only receive education, but also health care and a nutritional meal each day to help them grow and develop.
These children who had previously lived on rubbish tips and ghettos in Phnom Penh and may not have been to school. Since TLC was opened many of these students are top students in the government schools they attend for half a day.
Mission Direct has worked in partnership with NLF to run the programme in Cambodia. This is one of the largest churches in Cambodia with over a 1000 church members – predominantly Khmer. NLF runs a wide variety of education, healthcare and training courses for the disadvantaged of Phnom Penh.Our teams support the Children’s Ministry here, known as ‘Happy Kids’ washing slum children’s hair and presenting drama and songs.
School in Ounlong-Kong Thmey, where Mission Direct has worked previously.