Ratanak International (UK) began in 2008 when UK Country Director Steve Norman chanced upon an article in the Sunday newspaper about a girl sold into prostitution in Cambodia at the age of 13. The next day, he bought the book and read it through that night into the next day. It was through this experience that God broke his heart and placed therein a deep compassion for survivors of unimaginable suffering. The overwhelming desire to engage in this issue was impressed on him.
Each year in Cambodia, thousands are trafficked & exploited.
We are working with Cambodians to restore those robbed of freedom and protect the vulnerable.
Ratanak International is a Christian organization that works collaboratively to be a catalyst for transformation in Cambodia through a focus on empowering exploited people and addressing the systems that exploit them.
We see a Cambodia where every man, woman and child can live in dignity, achieve their full potential and experience the love and hope of Christ.
Ratanak’s Core Values stem from being a Christian charity that is dedicated to following the example of Jesus in restoring life to the abused, the poor and the suffering. These values motivate and inform our actions as we carry out our work in Cambodia.
As a Christian organization, we believe that Jesus Christ is our source and guide in all that we do. We desire to be attentive to His leading and to follow Him courageously as we serve the people of Cambodia. We believe the persistent hope and persevering love of Jesus is transformative. This reality inspires our love for the Cambodian people and motivates us to serve them whole-heartedly.
We place a high priority on honouring and serving others both within the organization and in our interactions with supporters, partners and those we seek to empower in Cambodia.
We desire to pursue excellence in all that we do through a deliberate focus on both integrity and effectiveness.
- Integrity: We are committed to having high organizational standards by being transparent and accountable in all our activities.
- Effectiveness: We seek to be strategic, innovative, sustainable, and contextually sensitive in our approach, evaluating our activities regularly to ensure ongoing expertise and impact amidst the changing environment in Cambodia.
We believe holistic transformation requires long-term commitment and is achieved through a two-pronged approach whereby we focus on meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals as well as confronting the systemic issues of exploitation in Cambodia.
We believe in a “better together” approach.
- Empowering Cambodians: We desire to invest in the lives of Cambodians and work alongside them in the transformation of their own country.
- Strategic Partnerships: We intentionally seek out working relationships with individuals and organizations that enable us to serve and work alongside the Cambodian people more effectively.
Statement of Faith
We accept wholeheartedly the revelation of God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the faith therein set forth and summarized in such historic statements of the Christian church as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. We here explicitly assert doctrines that are regarded as crucial to the understanding and proclamation of the gospel and to practical Christian living.
The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment. The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, bringing everyone under God’s judgment.
The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole ground of redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin.
The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit in the believer.
The unity and common priesthood of all believers, who together form the one universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head.
The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The requirement that the Church be active in establishing and sustaining justice for the oppressed in accordance with the desires of God made clear in Scripture.