Sunrise Hospice: The Light of Hope [Video]

05 Jul

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Sunrise is a light in the darkness. It seeks out those who have been rejected by society, and cares for them. It comforts and befriends them; tends to their health. It supports the education of their children, and brings them the good news of Jesus.
                  - Darany Hang, Sunrise program director 

 



 

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Darany Hang, Sunrise Program Director: Sunrise is a light in the darkness. It seeks out those who have been rejected by society and cares for them. It comforts and befriends them, tends to their health. It supports the education of their children and brings them the good news of Jesus.

Susan Smith, InnerCHANGE Cambodia: Sunrise was started with the idea of bringing hope, and encouragement, and friendship, human warmth, and contact to people with HIV. 

Darany: Sunrise provides three main services. [The first] is medical care service. We visit those who are living with HIV at their homes for encouragement and to provide practical help such as house repair or small business loans. We have a six-bed hospice for those with end-stage illness, or for HIV drug reactions. And we care for the ill in the local prison too, dispensing medication in the clinic, and providing extra foods for the critically ill.

The second service we provide is children’s education services. We support the education of the children of the families living with HIV. Some of the kids have HIV also. And we provide the informal payment to the teacher. And we provide the school uniforms, school supplies, and most importantly, we visit the kids and teachers to make sure school is going well.

The third one is peacebuilding training service. We teach peacebuilding skills, and conflict resolution to prisoners, and occasionally to local government officials too.

Mark Smith, InnerCHANGE Cambodia: From its inception, InnerCHANGE strongly believed that Sunrise should be a work that is sponsored by, that is led by, locals. While we would be catalysts to help start, help bring focus, and to help support, ultimately, it would be Cambodians who would reach Cambodians. It would be Cambodians who help Cambodians.

Sidon, Sunrise Holistic Care Coordinator: My name is Sidon. I am the holistic client care coordinator at Sunrise. We visit the homes of people with HIV to provide holistic care for them and their families. We support in resolving conflict and check on their health needs. We show them we care for them.

Vendy, Sunrise Hospice Caregiver: My name is Vendy. I am the  Hospice Caregiver at Sunrise. We take our patients in and treat them like family. We treat them with dignity and affirm their value as members of society. Through the hospice we look after their health. We feed them. We love them. Many people have left Sunrise healed and transformed. We share the good news of Jesus with everyone.

Chhun, Children’s Education Coordinator: My name is Chhun. I am the Children's education coordinator. Without Sunrise many children of AIDS and HIV-positive parents would lose hope and drop out of school, but we encourage them with love, tutoring help and financial support.

Susan: Sunrise expresses the ethos of InnerCHANGE. We’ve studied scripture carefully, and we’ve seen God’s heart for the poor and especially people on the margins. Through the work of Sunrise, we’re able to express a heart of care and compassion directly to those who are oppressed and definitely the most impoverished people in the community of Kampong Cham.

Female client: When I came here, people took care of me. They were loving to me and they told me about God my father. They led me to know how to have a relationship with him. So I really want to thank Sunrise and thank God for arranging a new kind of life for me that I’m living today.

Male client: I want to say thank you to the people who have supported this program and thank you to God. This is probably the thing that I am most grateful for in my life because without this place, I would not be alive today.

Darany: When they stay here, they were helpless. No relationships with their families sometimes. No relatives come to visit them, and they lost their hope. And sometimes they don’t want to live anymore. But when they get warm care here, and they get love, and they see all our activity here—when we pray, when we sing together—and we have friendship with them, they become our family also.

I remember when I went to the prison, and the prison staff told me, “Oh, there is no [organization] like you. You are Christian, and you are good people. When you do [this], we can see your love and heart to the poor.”

I think that Sunrise means the light of hope for the people in the dark. We’re living with the hopeless and helpless, so Sunrise is the light for them.  

 

Sunrise is supported by donations of CRM ministry partners. Your gift makes it possible for Sunrise to continue reaching out to the poor in Cambodia. 

Give to Sunrise

 

ABOUT: Sunrise was founded in Cambodia in 2001 by an InnerCHANGE staff member to address the needs of the highly vulnerable Cambodian population with HIV. Sunrise is now led by an all-Cambodian staff and has increasing influence across the country.


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