Why study about family members-primarily based care when there is an chance to see and hear about it firsthand? Young children in Households, a neighborhood Cambodian NGO, has designed a system they get in touch with Rok Kern. Rok Kern is a Khmer phrase which means “to come and see,” and that is specifically what they invite participants to do. Aligning with several of the principles discussed in Faith to Action’s Brief Term Missions: Guidance to Assistance Orphans and Vulnerable Young children, Rok Kern trips inspire participants to develop into family members-primarily based care advocates.
Young children in Households spent significantly of 2017 piloting their Rok Kern system to Australian secondary college students. In Australia, several schools market overseas trips as a way of exposing students to distinct cultures and regions of the planet. These trips generally involve volunteering at orphanages. In light of the growing awareness of the dangers related with volunteers interacting with young children at orphanages,[i] the employees at Young children in Households wanted to offer an option.
The Rok Kern system invites students to assume a posture of studying as they are immersed into Cambodian culture. The participants’ discoveries, on the other hand, start out effectively just before the plane requires off for Cambodia. Pretrip orientation covers a range of concerns such as poverty, help and improvement, challenges of orphanages, Cambodian history and culture, and how to communicate about the trip with close friends and family members in an ethical manner. When in Cambodia, employees of the Rok Kern system facilitate their 12-day check out, which consists of sessions with Young children in Households employees, meetings with Young children in Families’ companion organizations, language classes, cultural briefings, and visits to critical historical sites—including the renowned temples of Angkor Wat. By supplying an all-encompassing historical, cultural, and neighborhood improvement curriculum, Rok Kern assists participants to create a deep respect for the community’s capacity to offer family members-primarily based care for young children.
All through the trip, Rok Kern utilizes Young children in Families’ knowledge in family members-primarily based care to teach the students about the value of maintaining young children in households. Founded in 2009, Young children in Families’ mission is to “equip and strengthen households and communities to offer a nurturing atmosphere for young children, via family members-primarily based care, neighborhood improvement and educational assistance.” They fulfill this mission by supplying a multitude of solutions for households in crisis such as short-term emergency care, family members preservation assistance, kinship care, neighborhood foster care, assistance for foster households looking for to adopt, and therapy solutions for young children with disabilities. By meeting with the Young children in Households employees in charge of these applications, trip participants are offered a behind-the-scenes appear at how family members-primarily based care organizations assistance the procedure of creating healthier young children, households, and communities.
Of course no a single organization can do it all. Young children in Households has a network of companion organizations to which they can refer instances that are outdoors their purview. These companion organizations graciously open their doors and make time for their employees to share with the Rok Kern system participants as effectively. This enables the participants to achieve an even far more robust understanding of the range of techniques greatest practices are becoming implemented in family members-primarily based care organizations in Cambodia.
Rok Kern has received incredibly optimistic feedback from the pilot trips with Australian secondary college students. Teachers reported, “[The trip] encouraged students to consider about missions and international help in their complexities, although exploring the uniqueness and strength of the Khmer persons.” A different teacher commented, “Rok Kern was really relevant and effectively paced for our students. It challenged notions of appeasing the conscience of an individual attempting to assist, with the realities of how to truly assist.”
Moving forward, Young children in Households is organizing Rok Kern trips for American church groups with the very same underlying principles. Their objective is to build family members-primarily based care advocates who are effectively equipped to consider via how they can ethically contribute in service to other individuals, regardless of whether overseas or in their dwelling communities. As participants “come and see,” it is Young children in Families’ hope that perspectives will be molded into a single that sees the strength, capabilities, and wealthy cultural heritage of the Cambodian persons to care for their young children and advance their communities.
This revolutionary system is developing family members-primarily based care advocates that can assistance the worldwide movement as far more persons perform collectively toward family members-primarily based care for young children about the planet.
[i]. See Chapter two of Faith to Action’s Brief-Term Missions: Guidance to Assistance Orphans and Vulnerable Young children.