Treasures from the Heart, Cambodia
People in Cambodia living with AIDS/HIV often come here to the city of Phnom Penh, far from their home town. They want to run away from their pain and poverty to find new life and new job here, but what they find here is only suffering! There are no jobs for people who are HIV positive, because they are so weak and no one wants to work with someone who carries a disease.
Ming Eial turns 64 years old this year, and has been with Treasures from the Heart, a ministry of InnerChange, for about 9 years. Her life was so difficult after losing her husband because of AIDS. She never had to work before, nor did she know how to find any job. She did not study so she could not read or write, but she had 5 children to take care of. The money she could earn from selling vegetables was only enough to buy food.
"She did not study so she could not read or write,
but she had 5 children to take care of."
One day when she went to the hospital for medicine, a lady told her about a group that was giving jobs to people living with AIDS/HIV. So she came to Treasures from the Heart and started to learn how to sew. Soon she could do it well enough to earn money, which helped send her kids to school. Now theyâ€™ve all finished high school and begun working.
"So she came to Treasures from the Heart
and started to learn how to sew."
Ming Eial is going to have a grandchild soon. Sheâ€™s glad that she still can work, even while she is watching over her grandchild at home. She proud of herself and thankful for Treasures from the Heart.
We have been praying and sharing Godâ€™s love to Ming Eial since weâ€™ve known her. Ming Eial often asks us to pray for her and her family and invites us to her family gatherings. We feel like she is not just a co-worker but family. We know that God has worked in her heart and we hope that one day we will see Ming Eial really have God in her heart.
"We feel like she is not just a co-worker but family."
Treasures from the Heart seeks to empower people with HIV/AIDS and their families by developing God-given talents into practical job skills. We provide a stable income through reliable employment, and we reach out to them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe all people are made uniquely by God, loved unconditionally, and have tremendous worth in His sight.
My name is Sopheak. I am Cambodian. I was born in 1979, at the time that the Khmer Rouge was ruining Cambodia. God gave me a gift with arts and crafts. I love to do things with my hands, and I love to help people to have better lives from thing I have made. So now I am a crafts teacher as well as counselor, and a director of the income project called â€œTreasures from the Heartâ€. I am married to a beautiful Thai lady named Nerunchala (but we call her F for shortâ€”it is an old family nickname) who also works with Treasures from the Heart as a counselor and sales manager.We have three kids. Bethanee (7), Emmanuel (5), and Benjamin (18mo).