2019 saw the first intake of boys to our Strong Roots Vocational Program. This is a residential training program for boys aged 15-20 years old who have previously been part of our children’s day centres and are now ready to be equipped for future employment in a safe environment. We want to see them trained in a skill for a job, have their hearts restored, and released back into their communities or wherever their future leads them. The training centre will be located in Kampot. The program will be holistic — body, mind, soul and spirit. We want not only to see them trained in a job but also help them to build other key skills by providing the opportunity to learn English, study Khmer literacy, or take computer classes. They will live dorm style and be connected with an internship through partnerships with local businesses. Our hope is to create an environment where they can grow in character and walk in identity as sons of God. In short, we want to be a part of equipping them to become strong, stable, healthy men who live with purpose and compassion.