For Rapha House Siem Reap, 2017 was a year marked by growth. The size of our family grew. We opened an additional housing unit which increased our capacity from 16 to 24 and through the year while some girls came and some went we maintained a full house. This expansion also meant that we added 6 new staff positions to our team.
Our facility grew. We are so happy that we were able to build an administration building to provide proper office, meeting and classroom space for our project needs. We also added a soccer field to our recreation area which is used daily. So fun to see our girls and staff playing side by side out on the field both getting exercise and having a great time on a regular basis.
Our skills and programs continue to grow. This year we worked hard on updating some of our programs such as life skills classes, positive reinforcement behavior management systems and case management procedures. Each one of these are key to helping foster healing and personal development for our girls.
We are growing spiritually. One of my most joyful moments this past year was watching some of our girls sharing the gospel with some children in another village as part of an outreach we joined through our local church. I hope and pray to see our girls grow more this year in their relationship with Jesus.
Rapha House Associate Director