One day, all children in Cambodia will have a happy, loving, and understanding family environment which supports their full development.
To work sustainably in partnership with the community to improve the well-being of vulnerable children and families by facilitating family reunification whenever possible.
In 1996, the largest international child NGO in Battambang City closed its drop-in center. Left with no money, food, or shelter, 30 street children and 15 homeless families were asked to leave. Mao Lang, Homeland’s Executive Director, was then the manager of the shelter. Refusing to abandon the children, she lived on the street with them for a year, seeking to find a new home.
Finally in 1997, Mao Lang secured a small rental room in Battambang City, and Homeland was born. With the support of three passionate friends, Homeland quickly grew from a single room to a full-fledged residential home. Today, 54 vulnerable children reside in our Battambang center and 35 street children visit our drop-in center in Kamrieng District near the Thai border. We have 37 full-time staff members, and support activities ranging from residential care to skills training for vulnerable families.
Though Homeland has grown in size, we are proud to remain a tight-knit family. Many staff continue to live on-site, and some of our children have returned as adults to serve as mentors. However troubled a child’s background, we strive to create a loving home environment.