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Protect Cambodian Children from Brain Injury

 
$350
$9,650
Raised
Remaining

Summary

In Cambodia, more people die from road injury than from Malaria or HIV/AIDS. 5 people die and 15 people are injured on Cambodia's roads each day. This project protects the most vulnerable road users, children, by providing them with quality helmets, equipping them with life-saving traffic safety knowledge and skills, and engaging them in innovating road safety activities. These interventions ensure that students always wear helmets on the road, allowing them to grow up to pursue their dreams.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

A motorcycle is considered the family car in Cambodia. In 2012, road traffic crashes caused nearly 2,000 deaths and 14,000 injuries, costing the nation approximately 329 million USD, nearly 3 percent of its GDP. 68 percent of traffic fatalities in 2012 were motorcyclists, 66 percent of whom suffered head injuries. Although motorcycle drivers are required by law to wear helmets, no helmet law exists for passengers. Only nine percent of passengers, including children, wear helmets.

How will this project solve this problem?

Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent and death by 42 percent in a crash. However, just donating helmets does not necessarily instill proper helmet wearing habits. That is why this project also trains teachers and students in safe road behavior as well as raises awareness about road safety among the entire school community. By essentially making helmets part of the school uniform, many precious lives can be saved.

Potential Long Term Impact

Cambodian children will be empowered to be safer, smarter road users who understand the importance of helmet use and road safety. These children will become role models in their schools and communities. The project will also encourage schools to establish road safety norms where all students must wear helmets on motorcycles or bicycles. In addition, the wider community will benefit from road safety awareness raising activities and carry safe road habits far beyond the duration of the project.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $350
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,650
Total Funding Goal: $10,000

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Organization

Project Leader

Naomi Fujiki

Development Coordinator
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Where is this project located?

Map of Protect Cambodian Children from Brain Injury
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