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Pleroma Home for Girls 2016 Ministry Report

By Chandra Chap, MSW, Project Director
Approved by Debbie Choy, Field Director

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  …abides in Me, and … bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” - John 15:5

What is the meaning of life? Many people, young and old, might ask this important question.  Most of the young girls who arrived at the Pleroma Home for Girls wanted, several months later, to understand more about their life.  Most of these girls’ lives were damaged and painful. They asked questions like, “Why was I born?” “My life has no meaning and purpose; is there anything for me here?” “Who cares for me?”  Most girls came from very complicated family backgrounds.  They are so young and have experienced such terrible violence, severe neglect, and rejection.  Most biological fathers were unavailable emotionally while they were growing up.  They felt so lonely, unloved, unwanted, insignificant and rejected. Most of these young ladies’ fathers did not demonstrate affection, value them, or spend quality time with them.    

We introduced Jesus, our Savior and Friend whom they could depend upon and trust, and whom we can call upon for help in times of storms.  God is their Creator and Father who loves them unconditionally, helping them by sending our faithful staff and donors to aid them with restoration, God’s plan for our lives, and forgiveness.  Some have difficulty in building trust in God and staff because they have experienced broken promises from many people in their lives.  Quality time is a key to building trust with these young ladies.  In John 15, the vine and branches constantly needed the water of love, nurturing, caring, accountability, and teaching so that they could grow and become a better person.  We are branches that need to connect and stay with Jesus every second of our breath.  For the past 5 years of the Pleroma Home for Girls, we have experienced faithful love and provision for our staff and the girls.  Our Father God has never left these young ladies.  In 2016, we reintegrated 13 girls and trusted our Jesus, who is our great Shepherd, to care for them. They learned to walk and trust in their Savior. Pray for these young ladies who have returned to keep trusting and leaning on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2).

TESTIMONY: A Story of Renee

Renee, 19 years old, is a beautiful young lady who came to PHG in November 2011. Renee reintegrated last September 2016. Now, she’s enrolled in 9th grade in public school in her village. She reported that she is passing all her subjects right now.  When Renee was in PHG, she participated in vocational training at 4 different locations.  In summer 2015, she gave up her goal to become a designer. Instead, she wanted to be an elementary school teacher.  Praise the Lord, Renee now knows what she wants to do in life and has learned ways to cope with daily challenges. Renee believes and knew that Jesus loves her.      


The Girls’ Feelings and Thoughts Towards the Home and Helpers

Our girls appreciated and were grateful that they received quality care, love, learning and healing at PHG.  They wrote letters and drew pictures with Jesus, flowers, animals, and words to all staff and donors.  They rejoiced that they would be reunited with their parents, too.  Some stated that they would share what they received and learned with their parents, siblings, relatives, and friends in their village. Some were reluctant and hesitated to return home because they felt comfortable and safe in the PHG.  Some expressed the feeling of fear, especially in regards to the difficulty and challenges they saw in the living arrangement, low socioeconomic situation, cultural stigma, and rejection lying ahead in their community. We acknowledged and recognized their fears of an uncertain future and adjustment back to the village. However, we reassured them that they are new people and have learned coping skills and the meaning of life. Also, most importantly, they go with Jesus and God’s love and protection.    


In September, we received a representative from the Christianity Today magazine from America.  The interviewer asked these questions: What would you like to become?  What have you learned from PHG?

Pia wanted to become a lawyer, and be a singer in her leisure time with her family and friends.  Jani wanted to become a scientist. Holly wanted to be a doctor.  Some wanted to be teachers about God’s love, caring, and hope to siblings, parents, and friends in their village.  Some hoped to have a good family in the future.  

Pray for these young ladies that their dreams will become reality.  They knew that they could not do it alone without your prayers and financial support.  Please, I would like to ask you to pray and then commit to sponsor these young ladies to reach their dreams.  In Cambodia, the tuition for a 4 year university is between $400 and $600 per year.  


Safety plan and trauma-informed information are taught to the girls and parents at the beginning, during intake and then during the treatment process.  Our priority after having the girls in the PHG was to introduce safety plans and psychological impact education to both the girls and parents.  “Why was she coming to the PHG?” First of all, stabilization and a safe environment at the PHG should be brought up as a reminder and discussed during counseling sessions, family evening meetings, social activities, psycho-education, counseling support groups, meal time, caregivers’ meetings, and staff devotion meetings. Short-term mission teams and volunteers must read and sign the child protection policy and code of conduct paper before they arrive at the PHG, as well.  All workers, board members, visitors, and volunteers should seriously consider how to support this safe environment and trauma-informed care.  For the last several years, we have noticed that the girls have trusted the staff with their stories and their lives.  So, the management team will screen and arrange an orientation meeting with visitors and volunteers within two hours of their arrival at the PHG.  

When the girls visit their families during the major holidays, we prepared them a safety plan by giving them all telephone numbers and authorities’ contact information in their village and district. We encouraged them to observe and have mental notes of their worries and fun times while they visited their families. Also, at the PHG we encouraged the girls to have open communication and express their feelings and feedback regarding the staff’s attitude, character, teaching, and way of helping them.  The girls can approach staff without trembling or fear.  They can verbally express their feelings, write a letter, or share with their counselor. Also, they can inform their appointed youth leader regarding any concerns.

Therefore, we require all workers, boards, volunteers, interns, and other visitors to consider the safe environment, to have dignity, and to be respectful of every woman and girl -- especially in regards to their right to privacy and confidentiality when one decides to join the PHG.


  • Child Protection Police trainings offered two times in January and August
  • Fei Kwang’s Youth Team from Hong Kong did an Easter Celebration in April
  • Khmer New Year in April, all girls visited their family for one week
  • Eileen’s Musician Team from Southern California came in June
  • Hong Kong Campus Crusade for Christ’s college student team came in July
  • Fei Kwang’s Youth women team ministered and then took the girls out to the Phnom Penh Water Park for one day
  • All girls attended the Asian Christian Conference in Kok Pich in September before we reintegrated them to their villages
  • All girls visited their family for one week during Pchum Ban National Holiday in October
  • Chinga and Peter’s short-term mission (STM) team came to minister to the girls in November during the Water Festival holiday
  • Pert’s friend, Edward, took the girls for Pizza Company
  • Guitar and ukulele class was taught by Pert Lin, who came from Seattle, Washington
  • All girls and staff had our annual retreat for one night and two days at the beach.


In November during the water festival holiday, we had 3 women from the Bay Area in USA.  These 3 women focused on five emotional feelings by using the Inside Out cartoon movie’s characters, engaging in body worship, drawing, and nail painting for two full days.  Janie used these characters and taught girls how to express them.  Joann, who was a professional singer and dancer, shared the dramatic story of Peter and Jesus walking on the water.  Joann focused on fears and helpers. She asked girls when we face storms and other challenges, when you are in a situation like Peter, whom do you call for help? They acted out of the story and shared their thoughts and feelings.  

In June, we had college students from Southern California present an orchestra event with drums, cellos, violins, guitars, and singing.  Each day, the team presented different themes through singing and sharing words.  At the end, the girls did a presentation on what they had learned.  They felt in love with the team members.

In July, the Hong Kong Campus Crusade for Christ STM team ministered to the girls. All of them were college students.  They loved the girls.  

In March, we had a Hong Kong STM team minister to our girls, focusing on Jesus’ love.  We held a celebration of the resurrection. All of girls heard the resurrection story for the first time.  This coming year, we will plan to have outreach to our girls and parents.  

All staff received Child Protection Policy training in January and August.  All staff appreciated learning more about how to provide services and also increased their confidence in their ability to help the girls and families appropriately and effectively.  


  • Interested in getting involved? Visit
  • Send your inquiry 6-8 months ahead of the desired date
  • Keep communication with the PHG’s STM coordinator
  • Fill out a volunteer application form and send a CV
  • Have a healthy mind and heart for the work you will be doing


Currently, we have 14 girls in the Home.  The girls are from 12 to 17 years old.  We have 8 teenagers from ages 15 to 17.  We have 6 girls between 12 and 14 years old.

In 2016, we had 8 girls admitted to the Home.  We had 14 girls reintegrated to their family of origin in their village. 12 of the 14 girls were enrolled in public school.  Most of them reported that they were able to catch up with other students and enjoyed studying.  Yes, a few girls are struggling due to limited support from their parents. 2 of the 14 girls decided to work with their mothers on the farm and to help care for their aging grandmothers.  

The total number of girls in our program is 37, including ones who have already reintegrated back home. We continue to follow up with them face-to-face 2-3 times per year.  Social workers attempt to contact them by telephone at 1-2 times per month.  


WHAT DO THE GIRLS RECEIVE WHILE THEY ARE HERE AT THE HOME? Our Home provides a holistic approach to restoring every young girl coming to stay in this TEMPORARY SHELTER.

  • A temporary safe environment
  • All staff, volunteers, and visitors must read and sign the child protection policy, code of conduct, and volunteer and employment applications forms.
  • Girls appoint their youth leader to represent their rights.  Every girl can express any concerns to their youth leader, caregivers, or teachers.
  • We provide catch-up programs to girls who are not ready to return to mainstream school yet.  If the girls seem emotionally more stable, we send them to public school or Christian school.  
  • We provide individual/group activities, family meetings, and sport activities during the week.   
  • We take them out for swimming, field trips to local markets, hotels, palace, riverside, beach, and national forest parks.


We do not have an actual measurement scale of the girl’s readiness.  However, we attempt to observe their behaviors and social interactions with other girls. How does she solve problems and conflicts, set goals, ask for help, engage with peers, react toward peers’ negative comments, receive feedback, and display self-esteem? Also, we send the girls to visit their family two times per year.  The girls report about their home visits, feelings, and thoughts about their family situations. The girls share about their futures, goals, and desires for their lives. We assess families regarding the goals for the girls and their families.  Finally, social workers, caregivers, and teachers gather all information and identify the girls’ strengths, areas of improvement, and areas that need to continue being worked on.

For example, Pia came to PHG since October 2013.  We worked with Pia on her emotional issues and also counseled her parents.  We did four home visits, assessed the safety in her environment, and went through other court processes.  At first, her parents refused to take Pia back. Pia was crushed by parents’ statement, “We can’t care for you and your schooling.” Her parents felt inadequate in their ability to provide good education, care and feeding.  Pia was depressed for 3 weeks.  Social workers worked with her to process her feelings.  Then, Pia expressed her desire to return and show them that they can’t give up on her.  We told her that we would support her education costs.  Pia has so many things to teach her siblings that she learned from the agency.  Pia has been able to communicate in English with STM members and has enjoyed speaking without fear. She wants to be a lawyer. Many parents expressed having limited financial resources, parenting skills, and living arrangements. All girls wish to be close with their fathers and mothers. It is very complicated and complex to see many parents that cannot see the needs of their daughters.  These are some of our challenges in working with the girls who come from very dysfunctional families, suffering from things such as domestic violence, parents’ rejection and neglect, incest, and poverty.


At the end of 2015, MOSAVY’s social workers encouraged us to have a youth leadership program. It means that we appoint a girl to be a leader.  Then, we asked the girls to appoint their representative.  Renee, an 18 year old, had lived in the  shelter for 3 years. Renee was nervous and hesitated to accept the position.  The girls also appointed Renee’s assistant.  The two girls were leaders in the home.   They reported to the caregivers for any girls’ concerns and needs.    

We have a monthly meeting with the girls.  It’s called the Girls’ Meeting.  We discuss the girls’ concerns and rights.


  1. All girls received individual, group, and social skills.  We encouraged every girl to be part of one of these groups.
  2. Social workers ran psycho-education, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy skills group, and the Girls’ Rights.

2016 topics were:

  1. BT skills group and Unhealthy and Healthy Boundary skills, conducted by all social workers, interns and volunteers.
  2. Identity, self-esteem, Forgiveness, You Are Unique, Be Thankful, You Are God’s Beloved Daughters, Resurrection, Jesus is Our Helper in Time of Storm, God the Father, Jesus is Our Great Shepherd, grace, mercy, precious jewel   
  3. The older girls attended the body language workshop taught by Agathe Shultz, a French Missionary.  In 2017, Agathe plans to teach singing, acting, and choreography to girls who are 16 years or older.  
  4. We did Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas outreaches.  Every girl heard about Jesus’ birth, resurrection, and thanksgivings.

Self-Help and Therapeutic Activities In 2016:

  • Guitar class by Sovannkiry, Administrative Officer Coordinator
  • Exercise class
  • Sport Hour from 4 to 5 pm every day
  • Arts and Crafts: Jasmine was a seminary student from Malaysia. She studied in Theological Seminary School in Phnom Penh. Jasmine came to volunteer and help the girls with how to do makeup, make purses from old jeans, and monitor the internal expression of your attitude.


Two teachers organized a 6-month program to complete one grade level.  They spent time with these girls. Some teenagers could not read Khmer words.  Pray for these young ladies’ mental health issues.  Pray for teachers to learn ways to teach these girls.  For example, Dima is 17 years old. She came to us since March 2016. Dima reported that she was not allowed to go to school and just worked to care for her step father, biological mother, and younger siblings most of her life.  Dima is diagnosed with major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.  She has had suicidal thoughts almost every day for the last several weeks. She has refused to go to school.  A few months ago, Dima came to know that Jesus loves her.  She loves Jesus, too. Her goal is to know how to read and write Khmer language for 2017.  However, Dima has negative thoughts, disturbed feelings, drama, and conflicts with peers which made it difficult for her to focus and concentrate on studying.  Social worker Sokheng provides individual and group counseling to Dima every week. Pray for Dima and Sokheng and teacher Samon as they continue to work on their goals for the coming year.  


  1. Reintegration Package:  
  • 1 bike
  • School supplies such as a backpack, notebooks, pens, and pencils
  • Two sets of school uniforms,
  • $30 per month for scholarships
  1. Family Assistance:

Last year, we bought a sewing machine for one girl’s mother. She used to rent the neighbor’s machine. Now, she makes at least 20000 riels= $5 per day. Also, she can be closer to her daughter who attends the Don Bosco School in her village.  She lives in the dormitory. The PHG supports her with $50 every 6 months for the next 3 years.  She is doing well.

We have followed up Kimnie, who reintegrated in September 2015.  We praise and thank God for what He has done in Kimnie and her parents’ home and life.  We bought seeds for her parents to grow on their land.  Now, we got news that they sell these vegetables to people in their village. Her parents stopped drinking and started focusing on supporting Kimnie’s 3 siblings, too, to go to school.

Mia, who is 18 years old, decided to return to school and is determined to enroll in 12th grade in her province.  Now, Mai focuses on her schooling, caring for her aging grandmother, and helping her cousin’s salon shop.  We continue to follow up with her through phone counseling and scholarships every month.  Pray for Mia’s future. We hope to provide her a scholarship when she attends university.   

Cinda reintegrated with her mother and stepfather in the province after 3 years in the shelter.  She attends a school near her home about 1 km away. Pray for Cinda for how to adjust to life with her mother. She attends 6th grade.  Cinda wishes to be a professional singer.  

Mary is 12 year old.  She is the oldest child in her family. Mary was referred to the Home by the World Hope International agency.  During court trial, Mary was so brave to ask the perpetrator in the court, “Why did you it to me?” Mary is doing well.  She is in charge of her sibling now while her mother works.  Sadly, before Mary reintegrated, her father had another woman and left her mother and younger siblings.  Mary received counseling from her social worker.  We continue to follow up with her. Pray for Mary and determination to become a teacher.

Sophia opened her own salon store in her village.  She taught her mother how to do nails. Both learned to support each other.  Sophia was trained with Open Arms Beauty School in 2015.

Niza is in 12th grade now in her village. She reintegrated in September 2015.  Now, we provide $15 per month for her scholarship.  She plans to study to be a social worker. We will continue to follow up with Niza.  We will have her to come to do her internship her at the Home.  


  • Families are complex and complicated. We faced many challenges working with families. They have low socioeconomic standing, education, resources, support, and are unemployed and in debt.  They use alcohol and other substances to numb their pain.  
  • Parents fear being unable to provide appropriate support to their girls. We know that the family is the key to giving a child secure attachment and a safe and stable environment.  Most of our girls came from very dysfunctional families and received limited appropriate nurture, care, and instruction about life.


In 2015 and 2016, we sent 9 girls to the New Life School in Phnom Penh and the Methodist School. All the girls received different awards from school. Some received award for good attitude, good character, and helping to other students.  As of now, we have reintegrated them all.  


Naroath Hout studied for a degree in management at the International University in Phnom Penh. Naroath looked for volunteer working experience as an administrative assistant.  Naroath was referred by our previous Social Work Intern, who also lives in the same dormitory and recommended Naroath to send her CV and cover letter to us.  Naroath completed her school last and completed her project that was required by the school. Naroath appreciated the work environment and people in the Home.  She reported that the staff respected and accepted her disability.  Also, she thanks God for giving her a chance to volunteer at the Home. She has demonstrated her ability to be dependable, teachable, reliable, trustworthy, and caring.  She has persevered and is determined to complete her 4 years of university despite her limitations. She can type the Khmer language very quickly on a computer keyboard.

Two Social Work Interns from RUPP, Metta Orn and Chheng Hour, are in 3rd year of university.


Chandra attended a Christian Counseling course that was offered by Waverly College in the United Kingdom.  Chandra taught the staff about this Christian Counseling model.  

Kimsang Ngth has completed all her papers and examinations for a master’s degree in social work from RUPP/EWAH from Korea.  Praise the Lord for her faithfulness and commitment to finishing the requirements. Celebrate with Kimsang for her achievement!


Sameth Chitt has been our driver from the beginning, about 5 years ago.  He has known how to drive since he was 13 years old.  He used to drive 18-wheel trucks for his uncle’s company.  He is the best driver for the Home. We need to acknowledge his faithfulness.

Srey Touch San was the first caregiver for the home. She was so scared and nervous to live in this home by herself for the first few weeks with the girls.  Srey Touch also used to refuse to take responsibilities as a leader.  Now, Srey Touch says that she can handle very well the conflicts and behaviors between the girls. She agreed to take her turn to do social coordination.  Also, she is a proud mother for her both children. She has learned so much from her work at PHG.  

Kimsang Ngth was also the first social worker for the PHG. She studied finance from RUPP; however, she did have experiences working with the community and in the church. After 5 years working at the Home and also now receiving a master’s degree in social work in February 2017, Kimsang has shown more confidence in her social work practice.

Phally Sok has been working as a cook for 5 years.  She has learned new recipes and how to make Cambodian food.

Praise the Lord for these faithful and committed workers from the beginning of the PHG.  


Kongkea Rin worked as a social worker/counselor with the PHG for 3 years and 6 months. Kongkea resigned last November. Praise the Lord of her faithful service to the agency.  

Marany Sot worked as a Teacher Coordinator for 2 years and resigned last September. We thank her for her faithful service to the agency. May the Lord bless her.

Ratanak Chea worked as Administrative Support and Financial Coordinator for 3 years and resigned last March.  He contributed to the agency with the completion of MOU with the Ministry of Social Affair and Youth, Veteran Rehabilitation.


Vanda Chhom volunteered at the PHG as a psychology intern from 2014-2015 for 6 months.  Vanda joined the agency as a social worker/counselor last October.

Samon Morm is hired to be our full time Teacher Coordinator.  Samon just came back from a 1-year work experience as a social worker in USA. Her desire is to work with girls and women and to see them be empowered.

Sovannkiry Sim is our Administrative Officer and Financial Coordinator.  Sovannkiry joined us last March. He is a blessing to the Home with his passion for spiritual development.  Also, he is our IT person.  He fixed all the broken computers for us.  He has multiple kinds of experiences and skills and is knowledgeable  in public relations, excel, accounting, facility management, logistic social outing coordination, and teaching the Word to the girls and staff.   Praise Jesus and His holy name.  Pray for him so that he can stay with the PHG.  


Name & Events


Dennis Haughey volunteers to teach English to our girls and staff


Child Protection Policy training

Feb. 8-9

Kimsang Ngth graduates with a master degree in social worker from the Royal University of Phnom Penh


Celebration of Easter Outreach program at the PHG


Khmer New Year: the PHG will be closed. All girls will visit their families

April 13-17

Eileen’s STM Team from California, USA, will hold a creative art camp with the girls.

July 17-22

Pchum Ban Buddhist National Holiday. The PHG is closed

Sept. 19-21

All girls will visit their families during the Pchum Ban holiday

Sept. 18-24

The PHG’s annual retreat


Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration outreach


Annual “Christmas Celebration” outreach


New Year 2017’s Blessings program  

Dec. 28

Asian Cambodian Conference in Kok Pich



In the government’s social services agency, they implement the case management database for all their clients.  We will need to have computers for social workers to input clients’ information.   The Children in Families organization has introduced this practice to the Cambodian government and has trained some NGOs to consider this case management data program. We will need to pray for computer donations for both projects.

Pray for the staff who will need to shift their job responsibilities. Pray for the adjustment for everyone. Also, staff development and staff care need to be considered when making changes in the agency, including increasing salary and benefits.  Staff are able to provide good care and help to clients because the management looks after and provides good care to them.  Please, pray for the staff who serve God with all their heart, strength, and mind.  They would like to receive recognition and rewards for their faithful, loyal commitment to the agency.  Please, pray for how the management level can continue to care for these staff.  

Pleroma Home for Girls

  • Girls’ families will be closely monitored and evaluated by telephone and face-to-face visits.  We will plan to work closely with parents who need to understand their daughter’s psychological impact due to trauma.  
  • Pray for our social workers to have the energy, wisdom, skills, and knowledge to support the girls’ families.
  • We will continue to focus on improving the quality of services of all activities and human resources.   
  • We need your prayer partnership for the girls’ life journey toward spiritual transformation and meaningful living as they learn to trust in Christ in their communities.
  • Also, please do not forget us, as frontline servants, who face many challenges every day:  hearing the girls’ struggling life journeys, having only limited parents’ support, caring, and loving.  We need your prayers every day and encouragement, too.
  • We ask God to bring the girls whom He wants to be at the PHG. Each of these girls will come to the PHG and be transformed by his love.  She will be a witness to her parents, siblings, relatives, and people in her community. She is the one who will spread the gospel to her village that Jesus was the One who saved and transformed her life for the better.  She will become one of the leaders of her community, as lawyers, teachers, designers, etc.

Pleroma Women’s Center

  • Pray for us that we are looking for 4 new staff who will work with women who were rescued from trafficking, sexual abuse, or rape.
  • Some women returned with psychological distress and/or damage.
  • Some women went to China for false marriage.
  • We need your prayer for this new project.  
  • The government has a rehabilitation center to reach to people with emotional disturbances; however, they have limited staff with mental health knowledge and skills.  We hope to collaborate with this rehabilitation center. Pray for me and our staff who will get involved in this project.
  • We also are looking for a new home for these women. We have been thinking and discussing what kind of place will suffice as residential placement.  We want a place like a home with a garden and a space for picnic, and also possibly a place that sells food and coffee.  Pray for us regarding the place and location, which is very important for residential treatment.

For Contact Information:

  • Fullness in Christ Fellowship, 945 Taraval Street, #249, San Francisco, CA 94116
  • If you want to donate toward the Pleroma Home for Girls’ school scholarship, please, send your donation to Fullness in Christ Fellowship. Write a check payable to Fullness in Christ Fellowship and on memo line, write PHG.
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