Riverkids Foundation

a) To prevent the sale of vulnerable children by training and seeking safe jobs for their parents, especially mothers, so that they can support their families and not rely on child labour and child trafficking. b) To prevent the exploitation and abuse of children such as child labour and sexual abuse by providing direct community-based support, both practical for education and food, and psychological with counseling and abuse intervention.
May 7, 2013

Pre-graduation photo!

Pre-graduation photo
Pre-graduation photo

This is a very exciting month for batch nine of the students in our Get Ready Girls program. Our girls are graduating by the end of this month!

 

Our professional make-up artist, Andrea Claire who volunteered at Riverkids a few months ago is back in Cambodia on May 7th to do a refresher course with our girls. Back by popular demand, this is a skill that our girls are very thrilled with and is potentially an additional service they can provide at the beauty salons.

 

Our computer class restarted this year with a brand new curriculum that teaches the basic use of computer, typing and Microsoft office skills. It is especially useful for students to handle their school projects and thus, designed for older students such as our Get Ready Girls and higher state school students. Girls who are ready to return to the state schools next month will enter with such a useful skill that will even get them ahead of their peers.

 

By the end of May, we will be sending you photos of their graduation. Thank you so much for your support.

Mar 19, 2013

Half the journey is completed!

Batch 9 of our Get Ready Girls
Batch 9 of our Get Ready Girls

The Get Ready Girls under your support have completed half the journey of the six-month program.

 

This month, we welcome a new girl into the class. We also piloted a Direct Cash Aid program with three families of the Get Ready Girls. This cash assistance replaces the income that was lost as they have chosen to study instead of working. It has worked very well with our families and we’ve started implementing a new scale taking into consideration the number of children below 18 in the family, disabled member, elderly members over 50 years old and pregnant women.

 

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of this scale so as to ensure that they will graduate successfully.

 

Besides the academic aspects of the curriculum, our girls are enjoying yoga classes, field trips to the Outdong mountain and learning about make-up, debt management, financial management and budgeting. Parents of these girls get to go through budgeting as well so that all members in the family have their priorities aligned.

 

In another three months, we’ll see them return to the state school and start apprenticeships in safe jobs. Let’s cheer them on and let them know that their dream of a better future is within their reach. Thank you very much for your support!

Local and foreign volunteers teach English
Local and foreign volunteers teach English
Life skills include handling conflicts
Life skills include handling conflicts
Workshops to encourage students to speak up
Workshops to encourage students to speak up
Field trips to Kein Svay and Outdong Mountain
Field trips to Kein Svay and Outdong Mountain
Learning about budgeting
Learning about budgeting
Family visits and follow ups
Family visits and follow ups
Yoga enables our girls to calm down by meditation
Yoga enables our girls to calm down by meditation
Assisting families with Direct Cash Aid
Assisting families with Direct Cash Aid
Mar 19, 2013

Just another $4000 and food will be fully funded for all our children

Thank you for putting a smile on their faces
Thank you for putting a smile on their faces

It’s amazing how much our children in Cambodia have benefited from your giving.

 

Being in Cambodia in February this year was the best chance I could see for myself how our skinny little ones have grown chubby. Watching them play chase while others climb and collapse on one another just makes me chortle like them. The most rewarding part is to learn that more children are able to make it to high school and two have gone to the university. They’ve come a long way, so has your donation.

 

Our food campaign started on Global Giving in June 2012. Your generous giving and Global Giving’s 30% bump provided much more. In three months’ time, our project would have been on Global Giving for one year and we hope we’ll reach the $64,000 target that fully funds meals for all our children.

 

If you have someone in mind who could help us reach that goal, it’d be great if you could ask them to partner us to make this come true. This means keeping our children off the streets and families together. Thank you very much for your support. 

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