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A Demanding Love: a Brief History of DHF Cambodia

 

Have you ever experienced a demanding love?

Have you ever had something happen in your life that God has used to put a love in your heart for a person or place that is so strong, so challenging, that itches your deepest being and won’t let you rest; that takes you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you to your very core and demands DO SOMETHING?

The Dignity & Hope Foundation, Cambodia is a response to that God given, demanding, uncomfortable love.

dadAndKidsIn 2010 Sally Corfe visited Cambodia for the first time, and worked with a small Christian organisation called Kone Kmeng, based in the capital city Phnom Penh, “Equipping churches in Cambodia responding to the needs of children at risk in their communities.”

Sally's love grew for Cambodia and it’s suffering people. The 'DO SOMETHING' continued loudly and clearly in her mind, and the pain in her heart didn’t get any better over time. Sally met with Claire Lacey (of Bristol) who had also worked with Kone Kmeng over lunch one day. They reminisced and shared the thoughts created by the demands of their common love for Cambodia.

In 2012, having had no rest from the demands of DO SOMETHING, Sally returned to Cambodia, accompanied by a friend Philippa Blowfield, and the demands grew stronger and more real…DO SOMETHING!

Responding to those demands, Philippa, Claire and Sally set up a UK based Christian charity to support the work of Kone Kmeng and other similar groups and individuals working to enable Cambodian men, women and children to live lives of dignity and hope.

Tired of seeing this beautiful, vibrant country defined by its genocidal history and association with the killing fields, DHF Cambodia has adopted Psalm 27 verse 13, believing it to be God’s promise to the people of Cambodia.

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”