We support 180 Cambodian kids from 100+ families who struggle in poverty (most are scrap collectors or builder's laborers) to attend school. We run Children Clubs twice a week covering Computer, Music, Soccer, Child Protection/ Rights, Drug Awareness, Dance, & Crafts. These kids live with their families so we provide them a monthly food subsidy.These families are also empowered through parenting courses, micro enterprise & vocational training, savings groups &job placement.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Thousands of poor families in Phnom Penh struggle to pay for their children's education and nutritional needs. As a result, many children drop out of school when they reach their early teens. A low level of education and lack of vocational skills make these children vulnerable to abuse (including illicit drugs), human trafficking and child labor. This project supports 180 children from 100+ families (600+ direct beneficiaries).
How will this project solve this problem?
We support poor families in 3 ways: 1. covering education costs for their children, 2. paying a monthly food subsidy to parents who meet criteria, and 3. assisting parents with parenting skills, vocational and micro-enterprise skills, job placement and savings groups.
Potential Long Term Impact
At the end of three year project life cycle, up to 80% of our sponsored families will have the financial and emotional capacity to meet their children's basic needs by themselves. Their children can continue schooling up to Grade 9 or learn vocational skills. As these families improve their living standards and livelihoods, they will positively impact their communities and model better behaviors.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,512
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $24,488
Total Funding Goal: $31,000