Cambodian Children's House of Peace

To provide a safe, peaceful and nurturing environment for the care and education of poor rural Cambodian children, exhibiting the core values of compassion, integrity, accountability and respect, to support their growth in body, mind, spirit and community. To provide a home for poor children with good food, shelter, clothing; and educational, recreational and social resources, including moral and spiritual development; in preparation for productive lives as citizens of Cambodia
Jun 9, 2014

Progress Report on Help our Disadvantaged Youths

Progress Report on “Help our Disadvantaged Youths Project”

of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace

March – May 2014

 

Education Bringing Opportunities

Education or a lack of it has a very strong impact on future employment of young people. Unemployment; youth total (% of total labor force ages 15-24) in Cambodia was reported at 3.40 in 2008, according to the World Bank. A large amount of people are working for wages below poverty line – USD$ 1,25. In Cambodia less educated young people, who cannot afford to wait for the right kind of job, are at greatest risk of being in low paid work.

At the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace we are aware of the challenges facing our youths, especially those from rural areas, in making sure that they have access to education and placing them in either employment opportunities or taking part in entrepreneurship.

We have 10 youths (5 females) – 3 of them have just completed their internship in hospitality and are now in the process of applying for a job. One of the youths is working as trainer for motor mechanics repair at a local NGO. The other youths are in high school and will be graduated very soon – they all have their own future plans.

Once again, thank you very much for your contribution and commitment to support the “Help our Disadvantaged Youths Project”. Your supports enable us to make sure that they all achieve their life plans.

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Mar 25, 2014

Update on progress of the CCHP's Project

Progress Report on “Help Cambodia's Children Escape Poverty and Abuse”  of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace

December 2013 – February 2014

 

DECEMBER AND THE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

We always find that the calendar new year is a time for reflections, looking back at all the support we have received over the past 12 months and how grateful the organization and children are.

 

NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

The New Leaf Café in the town centre invited the children to come and have food and watch a film. The children arrived at 6.30 and were treated to a meal and were then asked to pick which film they would like to see. Our children chose “Land of the Gods”, which tells the ancient history of Cambodia. Returning to the home around 9pm the children had a fantastic night and talked about if for several weeks later.

 

CAPENTARY AND ELECTRICITY LESSONS

We are always so grateful for the volunteers we have here at the home who come and provide important and useful skills to our children. One of our volunteers David, who was here for a month, gave classes on both carpentry and electricity. Explaining how to safety use the tools and how to saw, measure, use a plane and drill, all under his supervision. The children enjoyed the lessons with David and believe these are useful skills that will benefit them in work and life.

 

FIRST SEMESTER EXAMS

Our children at the primary school have already finished taking their exams for the first semester, our grade seven to eleven students also had their exams in January and they have all been revising very hard to ensure they get the best grades they can, we are really proud of the effort they have all put in.

The Home recognized the link between poor education and poverty, which is why we encourage and support our children to empower themselves and create better futures.

 

FIELD TRIP TO WEST BARAY

In February, with the help and support of some of our volunteers we had a field trip to West Baray, we took food with us to enjoy and all the children had fun swimming and playing games and sports. It was a welcome treat after the children had worked so hard on their exams.

 

YOUTH SUPPORT

The home recognizes that many of our children are now growing up and will soon need to make it on their own to live independently. Our intention is to provide the will the skills and support needed to do this. One of our boys is already becoming skilled as a mechanic and he is now a trainer at a local organization called KKO. In addition three of our young ladies are receiving vocational training in baking and patisserie. To provide additional support and skills on a Saturday and Sunday the also train at the New Leaf Book Café, gaining vital experience which will lead to employment.

Many of our children want to finish their high school and continue their education at a university and as an origination we are so grateful for the support we receive to enable us to help them achieve their goals.

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Mar 10, 2014

Update on progress of the Project "Help our Disadvantaged Youths"

Update on Progress of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace Project “Help our Disadvantaged Youths”

December 2013 – February 2014

Young people ages 15 to 24 represent 22% of the total population of Cambodia or 3 million people nationally[1]. Rural areas have a younger demographic with this age group representing 25% of the population, with roughly equal numbers of young men and women.

Our target groups and beneficiaries of the project “Help our Disadvantaged Youths” of the Cambodia Children’s House of Peace are young people from Siem Reap province. Siem Reap town, with its proximity to the Angkor Wat complex, has developed into one of the major tourist towns in South East Asia. The tourism businesses and industries generate employment opportunities for young people not just in hospitality sector but also in maintenance technologies, construction, finance and transport support services thus professionally-trained skilled workers are in great demand.

Our primary goal is to get our youths in to work and live independently when they turned 18 and leave the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace with professional skills. As young people transition through various stages of education into the workforce, they face increasing hurdles to secure gainful employment and career opportunities. Today, the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace has 7 youths; one of our boys has just finished his vocational training in motor mechanics and now becomes one of the trainers at KKO, a local organization in Siem Reap. One of our girls is now a first-year student in a well-known university and majored in English. Other three girls are in vocational training in bakery and pastry and will complete their courses in the next few months. On Saturdays and Sundays, they are placed in practical training at the New Leaf Book Café, one of our partners, to gain more practical experiences in the skills of bakery and pastry. The other girls and boys are still in high school and will be completing their studies in the next couple of years. They have planned to pursue a higher education for a brighter future.

 

[1] Cambodia Population Census 2008.

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