STOUNG, KAMPONG THOM, CAMBODIA, October 1, 2009:
We are pleased to announce the addition of 2 new children at PRM orphanage bringing our total number of students to 18. In the 21 months since beginning our effort here, we have witnessed a remarkable change in the children as they have grown both physically, educationally, and spiritually in a manifest way.
When the orphanage first opened its doors in January 2008, we took responsibility for 12 children. Our original budget was based upon the food and clothing costs for that number of children and the anticipated additional incidentals which may be encountered. As noted above, the number of children cared for has been increased by half to a new total of 18. Furthermore, due to the worldwide financial crisis, the operational costs for the facility have increased and the cost of food continues to rise.
With this in mind, we have been forced to re-examine our budget and increase the monthly committment to a new level. Please keep this in mind as you are praying about your contributions to this work. The current monthly budgeted cost for support of the facility works out to about 95 USD per student.