WCF has been a supporter of the
Christadelphian Bethézer Fund since 2009. This Fund’s board currently
operates two dormitories in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. These dorms are
designed to provide 38 male and female post-secondary students free
accommodation in a safe environment to facilitate their pursuit of an
education in the capital. Many of these students come from the
surrounding provinces and do not have the resources to cover expenses
beyond basic tuition.
In addition to providing the dormitory premises, the students also have:
Access to cooking facilities and basic ingredients (with a food fund for the poorer students)
A spiritual education program in conjunction with the Bible Education Center in the city
An in-house basic first aid and counseling service
Recently, a limited agricultural program to support local families has
also been instituted. The Bethézer dorm students have strongly supported
the 6 AM optional Bible class before their day’s activities. These
students comprise more than half of the baptisms in Cambodia, all
arising from a ‘touch’ initiative.
WCF has assisted Bethézer by providing funding for both ongoing expenses
and one time capital costs. This support has not only allowed Bethézer
to continue operating over the years, but also to improve the facilities
and services offered to the students.
This year, the
Bethézer Dormitories requested funding from WCF to cover the ‘Nutrition
and Development Program’. This includes fellowship meals for students, a
food fund for the poorer students, maintenance of a health and safety
fund, and various dormitory development costs. A grant of $ 9560 has
been provided by WCF.