In Cambodia we support FCOPI, a local nonprofit organization started by Ted and Sou Olbrich in 1998. Along with their local staff, they have started over 100 homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Cambodia. The homes are known for their family-type atmosphere, with a cheerful and peaceful presence in the homes. They use a unique model, in that they give employment opportunities to windows from the local community. Because widows have also experience loss in their own lives, they prove to be compassionate caregiver for the children, able to relate and mentor them from their own experiences. The homes are small with no more than 30 children in a home, and a 1-5 staff to child ratio. The children attend the local government schools and are well integrated into their communities through the school system and the local church. They often play sports and participate in other community activities. They have family responsibilities as well, such as gardening, washing and helping around the home. They learn basic life skills from their caregivers and generally transition well back into society once they are grown. FCOI allows a child to remain in their care after 18 years of age if they are still enrolled in the public school system and contributing to a healthy environment in the home -this way a child that enters care at 10 years of age and has never attended school may have the opportunity to couples their studies. We find this approach to be different from the typical orphan home, and an admirable characteristic of FCOPI, as education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
The holistic care through FCOPI includes the following elements: