Romony Sin, an 'orphan' refugee girl who survived the massacre of the Khmer Rouge regime during the 1970s was reunited with her mother, Madorom Hout, in the United States in the 1980s.
Remembering the horrific experiences of being broken and not wanted, she vowed to never go back to Cambodia but always had a desire to give back as so many people had made such a positive impact in her life.
The 1980s: Ellen Smith was one of the many who took time to invest and leave a permanent mark in her life.
Fast forward 34 years: An international speaker and founder of Raven's Hope International (RHI), Karen Robinson, whose heart and passion was for young, hurting Cambodia girls, shared a story that reminded Ellen of Romony Sin. a Cambodian refugee girl who was broken due to her tragic life journey.
July 2014: Karen and Romony connected and immediately their hearts spoke of the same love and passion for the Cambodian people. This marked the beginning of sisterhood and a partnership committed to impacting hurting young lives.
2017: Ravens Hope Cambodia (RHC) was born and now partners with RHI to impact the lives of young adults in Cambodia. Over the last five years, more than 300 have graduated RHC's one-year program and 40% remain actively engaged.
Who We Are?
RHC is a US-based 501(c)3 which operates under the leadership of Romony Sin and a board of directors, with associates in the USA and Cambodia. RHC operates a 12-month program in cambodia for young adults and handles day-to-day operations in Cambodia in partnership with RHI, a separate organization founded in 2013 by international leadership expert, speaker, life coach, and author, Karen Robinson.
What do we do?
RHC operates a 12-month learning program that aims to change the lives of young people who have limited resources and various life challenges, through:
life skills training
Upon graduation, students are able to identify, understand, and know how to fulfill their God-given purpose. They have achieved a higher level of self-confidence because they know who they are in Christ.
Participants meet monthly in small groups to be taught, trained, and coached; they study a pre-set curriculum, led by previous graduates who serve as mentors, and they are overseen by senior, spiritually mature ministry representatives.
An application process is required and a commitment to complete the entire course of study is necessary. 99% of those who begin the program culminates with a unique graduation retreat weekend.
Our goal is to assist in the development of a well-rounded individual who is productive both spiritually and practically. Our core values is to encourage our Ravens to love unconditionally, we embolden our Ravens to live life to the fullest as per God's design; we empower our Ravens to lead in the spirit of servanthood and we energize our Ravens to learn and continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.
With the partnership of RHI, qualified RHC students may also apply for an 8-week, advanced internship in the USA.
Why do we do what we do?
Cambodia is a developing country and a certain percentage of its young people are at-risk individuals due to poverty. A lack of resources and opportunities forces many passionate, committed, talented, and driven young people to continue to add to the poverty statistic.
What impact have we had?
To date, we have had over 300 young adults in our Cambodian leadership program. Through the partnership with RHI, we have brought 40 young ladies to America for further leadership training. And six Ravens have returned a second time for extended leadership training.
Our Ravens are on the ground impacting the Kingdom of Cambodia for Christ. They work with and/or have started various NGOs, businesses, and ministries that educate, feed, and clothe the underprivileged in Cambodia.