Heart of Hope was birthed by the Lord in 2007 when the current executive director, Ngoc Bic, discovered a Vietnamese fishing community near Phnom Penh. Most children were not in school and the community was not receiving social services. Knowing Vietnamese children in Cambodia are at increased risk for trafficking and exploitation, Bic and her ministry partner decided to reach out to these children and families. The families that they surveyed welcomed them to begin teaching the children. So they rented a house, moved in upstairs, and used the ground floor for the children’s program.
In December of 2007, 30+ children began attending 4 hours each day to study Khmer, Bible, Math, and Vietnamese as well as anti-trafficking/health lessons. The program grew steadily and in July of 2012, Heart of Hope was registered as a Cambodian NGO. HOH now ministers to 100+ children from 7 am to 4.30 pm as well as assisting these families with medical and other practical needs. To date HOH has sponsored 7 of our former students into job training/employment through other local NGOs.
While Heart of Hope does not attempt to count nor press students to follow Jesus, there is evidence as students change their life choices and express their hearts to their teachers. HOH staff members treasure the privilege of working with these children and families.