Be inspired by Chenda and Vary and other Alongsiders - the poor reaching out to the poor - in our latest short film.
By just 8 years old, Chenda had lost both her mother and father. She was left in the care of her elderly grandmother to face the harsh world alone.
Those years growing up would have been unbearable if not for one thing: a young woman from the local church faithfully walked alongside Chenda through all her ups and downs.
Now at age 18, Chenda has become an Alongsider herself. Her "little sister", Vary, also lost her mother at a young age. Chenda helps Vary navigate the complexities of growing up as a girl in a rural Cambodian village.
The deepest need of any human being is the need to be loved. As Mother Teresa said:
In the developing world there are millions of marginalized children.
Their deepest, most heartfelt need is to be loved, welcomed and encouraged to be all that God made them to be.
Yet this is perhaps the hardest need of all to meet...
For love cannot be bought or traded, pressured or forced. It can only be offered freely.
We equip compassionate young Christians in poor nations to walk alongside those who walk alone: to love, welcome and encourage the most vulnerable children and orphans, in their own communities.
In this way, hundreds of children have discovered their value through the love of their Alongsider and the local church.
We are seeing emotional, social, educational and spiritual transformation.
We are witnessing a movement of one generation transforming the next.
Now, many of the first "little brothers and sisters" have now grown up and become Alongsiders as well as leaders in their churches and communities.
Join us in walking alongside those who walk alone.
We wanted to know if the Alongsider mentors are truly having a measurable impact in the lives of their "little brothers and sisters". So we engaged an external evaluation team. They interviewed more than 330 young people, including children from the same communities who do not have an Alongsider mentor (the "control group"). The results amazed us...