“So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.” Joshua 24:13
In the 1970’s, just after the Vietnam War, Cambodia was occupied by a communist regime. During this time, two thirds of the population was murdered. Those families who survived were divided and sent to working camps. In 1979, when the communist regime was overthrown, some of the widows of the fallen were given plots of land as a sort of restitution. These plots of land were located on what is now referred to as “Widows’ Island.”
In the years to follow, the widows on this island would fall prey to various types of exploitation, poverty and starvation. On an island, surrounded by water and rich with dark soil, the widows, without the skill, knowledge and resource to work the land and cultivate the ground would become exiles in the midst of opportunity.
Since LifeTotes began, we have prayed earnestly that God would open doorways to be able to serve the least of these. Our mission is to help elevate the hopeless from beneath ashes of despair to a place of freedom and full potential, that they might soar on wings like eagles.
Just recently, LifeTotes was a part of a backpack drive in Tuscaloosa, AL. The proceeds from this event helped build a multi-use building on Widows’ Island. This building serves as a school, church, and agricultural/livestock center so that the widows can begin to learn how to farm animals and cultivate crops.
Our prayer is that these widows will learn to create a sustainable way to support themselves and their children. If you’d like to support the livestock center on Widows’ Island, visit our website store and gift an animal to one our widows! www.lifetotes.org