Progress Report on Empower Child Labourers in Need through Education Project
of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
June – August 2014
Empower families to better care for their children
The team visits the brick factory site and the surrounding community two times per week to follow up the situation of the child labourers, to promote maximum of child care awareness and encourage them to send their children to school on a regular basis in their community.
The children reintegrated back to public school are regularly followed up twice per week, either in at school or in community to make sure that they attend their classes regularly and that they can cope with the school curriculum. The team also provides basic counseling to the families to ensure that they are fully aware of the importance of the education for their children.
The Cambodian Children’s House of Peace – CCHP keeps providing support to parents education on how to take proper care of their children, their roles and responsibilities of making sure that their children at least finish their ninth grade as stated in the strategic plan of Cambodia’s education level and makes sure that the child rights are fully aware and respected.
During the period of 2-month school break from August to September the teak works with school teachers and local authorities to have home visits of the parents and their children and to promote maximum hygiene awareness, child rights and their responsibility for their children in their care. The project will provide school supplies and other things that the children need for their education when the new academic year starts in early October. We have planned to provide a complete set of school materials and a bicycle to 20 primary school students.
March – May 2014
Striving for survival
The province of Siem Reap is one of the many provinces in Cambodia that has child labourers. Today, many people do not know that child labourers are very shocking. Children from well-off families have food, a nice place to stay, toys, and lots of love, while children come from very poor families have to work endless hours and are treated poorly. These children are underprivileged of getting an education and of developing well mentally and physically.
Brick factories in the rural areas are one of the places that children work at and some of these children live in the brick factories with their families as they do not have their own house – poverty makes them sell their home. Conditions in the brick factories meet the criteria of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the “Worst Forms of Child Labour.” Working in hidden and unregulated industries, like brick factories, makes them more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, including working prolonged hours and undertaking risky jobs.
You might wonder why parents let their children work and the vast majority of the parents let their children work for the family's survival. Some parents who live in the factories say that their children want to work and so they let them. Parents who do not reside in the factories let their children work as they need help because they are either sick or too old to work or in debt to the bank or the Microfinance Institution.
The Project “Empower Child Labourers in Need through Education” of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace is designed for its staff not only to provide school supplies, uniforms, and other things that the children need for their education but also to work with the poorest and most vulnerable families to empower them through provision of counseling and information. Counseling discussions covered issues relating to social inclusion, health, education and livelihoods as well as a range of social/emotional problems or disputes facing the family and their children. We have tried to educate the parents about the importance of education and making sure that their children access to education like other children in the community.
On behalf of the child laborers, we would like to say thank you very much for all your support in helping the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace provide basic supports for the child laborers in Siem Reap, Cambodia so that they can access to education.
It is a very immensely satisfying support that since the project launched in June 2013, we have been able to keep more and more child laborers in school. This is a reflection of both a decrease in the number of child laborers and dropouts.
One of the key principles of the provision of the school supplies is to make sure that these marginalized children that we are supporting have access to equal and quality education like others in the community. We are committed to achieving the goal of “Education for All”. Besides the provision of basic school supplies we also work with their parents to provide some basic counseling services so that they fully understand the importance of education and provide support to their children’s learning and school. The children and their families in the community are very happy with the supplies they have received and determined that they will encourage their children to pursue a higher education for the sake of themselves, their families and the society.
Recently, we have organized a meeting with the teachers and the school support committee to discuss future collaboration between the children’s home and the school and also to find way to allow both the children at the Children’s Home and the children in community to encourage interaction.
Thanks again for your contribution and commitment to support the “Empower Child Laborers in Need through Education Project” through the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace. Every donation you have made helps ensure that we can continue helping our beneficiaries. We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of the project in the months ahead.
Update on Progress of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
Project “Empower Child Labourers in Need through Education”
September – November 2013
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILD LABOURERS
The basic support is to enable child labourers to attend school in a safe environment. The education in Cambodia is free and universal, however each primary school student has to have a set of uniform and school supplies to be able to attend school. Even though it is a small expense for their parents but for many families who live in the neighborhood of brick factories it is a big burden for them.
Due to their low income, they are unable to afford school supplies to meet the basic need of their children. In order to help those families to reduce their expenses related to education and encouraging school attendance, the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace provides school materials and uniforms to 30 primary school students during the period of this report. The new academic year starts on 1st October every year we work closely with school support committee and principal as well as teachers to distribute school supplies and uniforms to kids enrolled in the selected primary school in the province of Siem Reap. Each child received a set of school uniform and stationery. During the school materials distribution event, the school children, parents and teachers were happy with this small help and they promised to encourage their children to attend school on a regular basis, Thanks to Your Donation – it can send a Cambodian child to school for an entire Year.
As a result, the teachers, the school support committee and community members showed their commitment and to reduce the dropout rate. The community requested the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace to provide the child labourers with school materials and we agreed to do that when the students start their new academic year 2013 – 2014 in October 2013.
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