July 1 marked the 10 year anniversary of the opening of Asia's Hope's PE2 orphan home. It was our privilege to be here to celebrate with them on their birthday.
We arrived to the home to see it fully decorated with colorful balloons and photos of the kids and staff as well as many who have come to visit them over the years. It was beautiful.
During the evening, we were treated to a traditional Khmer dance performance by the kids, an amazing home cooked meal, Coke, cake and ice cream, a video slideshow documenting the past 10 years, and an opportunity to stand in front of the group to express congratulations and appreciation. Oh yeah, and there was dancing!
The older kids, who are now college students and live in the city joined us for the party as well. It has been my privilege to see them grow from children to responsible, warm-hearted, adults. As
I looked around the room at the kids who have been in the family since 2006 as well as some young, new faces who are more recent, I am reminded that this is why we are doing what we are doing in Cambodia. It's about raising compassionate, smart, spiritual, gifted, bright leaders who will impact their country for generations to come. I am so inspired by these kids!
Happy Birthday PE2! Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives!