ADCO in the Community
Religion that God, our Father, accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted from the world.
James 1:27, NIV
Expected to be completed by the end of June, ADCO is currently funding the reconstruction of Poipet Happy Home’s plumbing system.
Poipet Happy Home is a children’s home located in the border town of Poipet, Cambodia, which currently houses 37 children, 6 staff and 3 volunteers. The orphanage was founded in 2006 by Rose Martinez as one of several children’s homes by the Thailand-based Mercy Ministries Foundation (MMF).
ADCO CEO Ken Grier first met Rose during a ministry trip to Thailand back in 1997 and was amazed by her extensive work in caring for the country’s orphans, serving as a mother to so many children since moving to Thailand in 1979. During his encounter with Rose, Ken asked her if there was anything he could do to help her cause. A firm believer in her faith, Rose responded that God would provide him with an answer. Ken initially sent her a donation to assist with her orphanage, but Rose passed it on to another local orphanage who was in dire need of it at the time.
Ken has kept in touch with Rose since that first visit, following her work with MMF as it expanded to Cambodia in the mid-2000s. In December of last year, Ken received a newsletter from Rose asking the recipients to pray about their plumbing problems—drains that were not draining and a lifted cement area that was causing cracks in the kitchen floor and counters. Despite multiple attempts, Rose and her staff were unable to fix the issue on their own and were praying for help.
Upon hearing of their plight, Ken was immediately moved to offer ADCO’s assistance. We originally planned on sending our Vice President of Operations, Santiago Monestier, to assist in their repair efforts, but he was unable to make the trip. Instead, ADCO is fully funding the cost of the repairs and coordinating the project.