Building a Community

Captivated by Sunny’s remarkable drive to help his own people against the odds, one day, Karen went to help him build a kitchen in an orphanage. From that day on, Karen has worked with Sunny to build KaisKids.

Kais Village Community is Born:

At the request of the local authorities she and Sunny began laying the groundwork for a new centre which would offer homes and care for an expanding group of needy and vulnerable children.

Using their own, private funds, Karen and Sunny purchased a hectare of farm land & a farm house in Treng Trayoeung village. Karen recalls that the village was then very small with a market, two small schools and a few shop-houses.

Donations from America helped to refurbish the old shell of a tiny wooden farmhouse, providing double storey accommodation, a kitchen and bathroom, for approximately 20 homeless children and their carers.

The community was named after the first child that Sunny helped, Kai. A year later another wooden building was added to increase accommodation and today the site has grown to seven hectares and is home to over 40 children.

In March 2008, the Increasing numbers of young children at Kais Village Community called for the building of a purpose-built nursery. A UK charity and volunteers from the British Army collaborated to build a much needed nursery for up to 40 infants.

In November 2009, the foundations were laid for two new houses for the older children. One of them was funded by a generous donor and the other, by one of our magnificent supporting schools.

Time for School!

In one hectic month in early 2005, using donated funds, volunteers and family members, built a wooden classroom to hold up to 40 children comfortably. An English teacher was hired and the local community celebrated the opening of the school with the first English lessons the children had ever had!

Today, on average, the children participate in two English lessons, daily, five days per week. English lessons are mostly taught by volunteers, with an average attendance of 30 students. If you visit the local village now, you’ll find the children keen to practice their English with you.