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Beauty Rises from the Ashes
Kingdom Creations Works with WorldCrafts to Change the Lives of Cambodia’s Poor
Fires ripped through the slums of Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2001 destroying homes and displacing thousands of poverty-stricken families. These families were relocated outside the capital city onto barren rice fields with no water, electricity, or other infrastructure. Desperation followed.
Relief workers began visiting and working in the area. By 2003 relationships had blossomed, and Kingdom Creations was started to provide a legitimate, sustainable employment opportunity for those who had been resettled. Now the artisan group has expanded to neighboring villages as well. The people in these areas, from different ethnic groups, are among the poorest of the poor, and the children especially are at serious risk of being exploited. Those families with young daughters are often tempted to sell them into prostitution, if only for a limited time, in order to pay off debts.
Kingdom Creations has grown from 4 full-time employees to more than 10 (both men and women), with hopes to expand further. There are also multiple individuals doing piece work for the artisan group, which blesses even more families.
Tammy*, our WorldCrafts liaison, says that most of the artisan were unbelievers or new believers when they began employment. But the changes she’s seen in their character, their workmanship, and their spiritual lives have been dramatic. Today they are continually learning new skills and growing in dedication to their craft, which has improved the quality of the products. They’re also drawing closer to Him as they sing, read Scripture, and pray together. Despite the various backgrounds of the workers, Kingdom Creations has become a family as they go through life together, celebrating births and marriages and mourning the loss of loved ones.
Here are a few of the life-changing stories reported from Cambodia:
- Li works for Kingdom Creations and cares for her grandchildren and one mentally challenged daughter. Her son, daughter-in-law, and husband died from AIDS. Poor and overwhelmed with responsibilities, Li wanted to send her grandchildren to an orphanage. Her job at Kingdom Creations kept her family together by enabling her to support her grandchildren and send them to school. Now remarried and a believer, she is a quite but gentle leader in her community.
- Kiet, originally from Vietnam, was a tailor by trade. He was working and spending time with a rough crowd. He moved to Phnom Penh area, found work with Kingdom Creations, and became a believer about six months later. He and his wife now have children.
- Through Kingdom Creations and its relationship to WorldCrafts, Thu can now provide her children food and needed items for school, even when her husband is looking for work. She and her children are learning of His care and provision. Thu asks, “Pray for me that I can show His love to my husband.”
Support the women of Kingdom Creations by purchasing their hand-sewn products.
*Name changed for security.