"Light at the Dump Sites"

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Clara Mridula Biswas is a Christian missionary from Bangladesh, assigned by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries as a community worker in Cambodia. She started the "Light at the Dump Sites" program last summer. The ministry offers scholarship and nutritional support for 20 students, along with a church school program for additional children on Sunday afternoons in a classroom provided by the Vulnerable Children Assistance Organization.

"Residents of the area are from the far Cambodian provinces of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng, Kampot and Prey Veng who flock to the city for job possibilities," she wrote in her project report. "Others are products of the city - neglected, abused and in abject poverty. All desire a better economic present and a hopeful future, but trying circumstances bring all to what seems a forsaken place."

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