We support 281 Cambodian kids from 188 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 281 children from 188 families (1000+ 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: $7,149
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $188,151
Total Funding Goal: $195,300