Less than three years after opening its doors, Sunrise Sihanoukville is eyeing off its first major expansion thanks to a generous $200,000 donation from Computershare Australia.
New Hope for Cambodian Children (NHCC) founder John Tucker, who manages Sunrise Sihanoukville, said NHCC hope to use the funds to build new classrooms and houses for the teachers.
The structure of the new classrooms will be based on NHCC’s existing residential facility in Kampong Speu Province, which has proven to be a great success.
Since opening on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012, Sunrise Sihanoukville has become home to 99 children – including 74 who are HIV positive.
Sunrise Sihanoukville is fully funded by Computershare Australia through its staff giving program.
Mr Tucker said originally, it was anticipated that new children would be accepted into Sunrise Sihanoukville at the rate of one per week—the rate that new children were coming to NHCC.
“The HIV epidemic in Cambodia has changed with most adults with HIV now able to access the lifesaving ARV drugs, thus fewer parents are dying or abandoning their children,” he said.
“Currently, new children are coming, who meet the intake requirements of NHCC, at the rate of one per month.” Sunrise Sihanoukville is located on four acres of land about 10 – 15 kilometres from Sihanoukville and includes 12 houses and four kitchens, an administration building, medical and dental clinic, four classrooms, a computer lab and large dance and music hall.