Lina’s Hope was started by Heap and Jennifer Him. Heap and Jennifer him have served as missionaries to Cambodia with CRM/Innerchange for over a decade. During this time, they have mentored Cambodian pastors and young Christian leaders, directed a project for women and children struggling with aids, and are currently pioneering for children with disabilities.
In the early 2000’s, Jennifer and Heap up-routed their new family to move to Cambodia founding Lina’s hope. The organisation is a therapy centre for disabled children in rural Cambodia. Currently, there are no NGO’s providing aid for children and young adults with severe brain injuries in the Krong-Kampot region. While the government has only identified 16% of Cambodian to be living with a disability–low by international standards–many disabled people are hidden away by family in rural communities. In severe cases, this can lead to abuse or abandonment.
Lina’s hope is different from other disability NGO’s. It is a big undertaking to do therapy with children whose needs have been misunderstood for 10 or even 20 years. They provide employment and a live-in opportunity for a parent or guardian who want to support their child but are living in poverty. This provides a greater level of understanding between parent and child, and helps them with the end goal which is to facilitate them back into their community.