Just outside a little village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is Place of Rescue. The property provides a safe haven for families living with AIDS, orphan children, orphan grannies and young unmarried pregnant women. It is a non-profit organization funded entirely through charitable contributions.
Place of Rescue was founded as a Cambodian NGO in 2003 by Marie Ens, a retired Canadian missionary. At that time Place of Rescue consisted of 15 houses for AIDS families.
Ten orphan houses were subsequently built, each able to house 10 orphan children and their house mom or house parents. In 2008 Place of Rescue had the choice to either stop taking more children or build more houses. Needless to say, another set of 10 houses was built for a potential 100 additional children.
Today, in addition to the homes mentioned above, Place of Rescue has: a recreation center, learning center, elementary school, two baby houses, two granny houses (for destitute elderly ladies), a home for pregnant abandoned young women, a fish pond, vegetable and fruit gardens, and a chicken coop!