Hope orphanages in Cambodia have shut their doors due to an “urgent shortage of bed space”.
The announcement came in a news conference on Thursday with the head of Hope Cambodia, who said the orphanage had not been able to fill its vacancies due to “a lack of staff”.
“We’re facing a situation of urgent shortages of beds in our orphanages,” Hope Cambodia head Ms Khang said.
“I don’t know how we’re going to find room for the new arrivals.”
There is no other way out.
We’re just sitting here trying to find the room that we can,” she added.
Hope Cambodia has been operating for 20 years and is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Cambodia.”
We’ve been running the orphanages for 40 years,” Ms Khamp said.
Ms Khang also confirmed that Hope Cambodia had been forced to close two of its orphanages due to the “urgency” of the situation.”
It’s difficult because we’ve been in a state of emergency in the last two years,” she said.
Hope’s parent organisation Hope International said it would be “incredibly disappointed” if the news was a result of “politicisation” or a “smear campaign”.”
Hope is a family-run organisation, and we have always strived to help children and families in need of an extra home, and this decision is a sad reflection of the lack of care that we receive from our government and the Australian Government,” it said in a statement.”
Hope’s commitment to the people of Cambodia has always been unconditional.
We are deeply disappointed by the decision to close our orphanage, which is not the outcome we hoped for.
“This is not an easy decision to make, but it’s in the best interests of our children and our future.”
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