This project will help up to 25 very vulnerable children (6-19 yrs) living in the Province of Kampot, allowing them to receive full time residential care at the Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned & Disabled Children, free scholastic Education (primary - university level), Cambodian Arts Training as therapy and Vocational training. The children have no parents, no extended families and have no alternative care except for our school;We work with the Kampot Department of Social Affairs.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Kampot Province is affected by poverty and drought, but also endemic AIDS and Tuberculosis. Children are left without parents and stigmatized by their communities. A small number of children have nowhere to go and no relative to care for them. Additionally social-cultural problems, due to traumatic stress in adults who survived the war and the Khmer Rouge genocide, means that orphaned and abandoned children are not always cared for properly in adopted families. These children have no future.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project provides care to these children from primary school age until University entrance level, in a family like atmosphere. Providing residential care, 24-hour adult presence and counseling, nutritious food, clothing, material necessities, free scholastic education, Cambodian arts training as therapy & vocational training. Vocational training in non-art subjects and participation in the Transition Program from the age of 18+, to help them prepare for a life as independent young adults.
Potential Long Term Impact
The 25 children who stay at KCDI have the possibility to build a future in a safe and caring environment. Being able to receive free tuition allows them to study scholastic education from primary school to university level, Cambodian music, dance and theatre, vocational training and training in performance and transition into young adulthood, giving these young students the only possibility they have of getting on in life. Since 1994, 450 students have already graduated with positive results.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,818
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $45,182
Total Funding Goal: $47,000