Riverkids Foundation

a) To prevent the sale of vulnerable children by training and seeking safe jobs for their parents, especially mothers, so that they can support their families and not rely on child labour and child trafficking. b) To prevent the exploitation and abuse of children such as child labour and sexual abuse by providing direct community-based support, both practical for education and food, and psychological with counseling and abuse intervention.
May 9, 2013

Thank you for the 11 months of support!

Children eating at Riverkids
Children eating at Riverkids

Because you’ve been so amazing – today, we are closing our food fundraising campaign on GlobalGiving. 

You’ve helped to fulfill the destiny of nearly 600 children with daily meals at a whopping US$61,308. This is simply astounding. 

During the past 11 months, your generosity had done more than just filling the tummies of our children before they head off to school. 

They had meals and snacks in the afternoon and our Weekly Boarders had dinner. Our children were able to focus in class, learn more and have a good play break instead of going to bed hungry. 

It freed up their parents’ income to pay for utilities, rental, medical and emergency needs. They were able to forgo a little income to attend our skills training for a sustainable livelihood because someone, you, made it a point to feed their children. 

We were able to give cash to a group of families to buy rice, extra eggs, fish sauce and noodles. These are people in our programs whom we’ve identified as highly critical and needing our help most during severe crises at home. 

We managed to stretch the dollar due to discounts that the local markets gave to our housemothers for the bulk purchase of ingredients. 

All in all, we spent less and got more; we reached more children with less money; and we impacted the children’s parents and siblings, which brought about financial and psychological stability in their families. 

What an enormous difference you’ve made by feeding our children in Cambodia. 

And get ready for the good news: because you’ve been incredibly generous on last year’s Bonus Day, Riverkids has been promoted from Partner to Superstar status on GlobalGiving. This means that when our new food campaign is up on June 12th 2013, GlobalGiving will match your online donations made on their website to Riverkids of up to US$1000 per person with, not 30%, but 50% bonus! This will continue until the bonus money is fully exhausted.

We will share more details with you about this wonderful campaign that is made possible with GlobalGiving’s generosity and your tremendous support in our upcoming emails prior to the big day. 

In the meantime, we’ve attached a recipe specially prepared by a lovely Cambodian lady living in Singapore for a fabulous dish called Nom Banh Samlor Khmer, a Cambodian soup noodle that tells you how warmly grateful we are to you for being such a superb donor! 

Catch up soon.

Exceedingly grateful,

Elaine

 

PS: If you have made recurring donations towards this project, GlobalGiving will communicate the instructions on how you could support their work or cancel future recurring donations. Thank you.

Housemother at Psar Touch market
Housemother at Psar Touch market
Higher grade school children eating at Riverkids
Higher grade school children eating at Riverkids
Housemother feeding Riverkids
Housemother feeding Riverkids' Daycare toddlers
Children collecting their baguette before class
Children collecting their baguette before class
A child under Riverkids
A child under Riverkids' State School Support
Both siblings can go to school with your support
Both siblings can go to school with your support
Children get apples occasionally
Children get apples occasionally

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May 7, 2013

Pre-graduation photo!

Pre-graduation photo
Pre-graduation photo

This is a very exciting month for batch nine of the students in our Get Ready Girls program. Our girls are graduating by the end of this month!

 

Our professional make-up artist, Andrea Claire who volunteered at Riverkids a few months ago is back in Cambodia on May 7th to do a refresher course with our girls. Back by popular demand, this is a skill that our girls are very thrilled with and is potentially an additional service they can provide at the beauty salons.

 

Our computer class restarted this year with a brand new curriculum that teaches the basic use of computer, typing and Microsoft office skills. It is especially useful for students to handle their school projects and thus, designed for older students such as our Get Ready Girls and higher state school students. Girls who are ready to return to the state schools next month will enter with such a useful skill that will even get them ahead of their peers.

 

By the end of May, we will be sending you photos of their graduation. Thank you so much for your support.

Mar 19, 2013

Half the journey is completed!

Batch 9 of our Get Ready Girls
Batch 9 of our Get Ready Girls

The Get Ready Girls under your support have completed half the journey of the six-month program.

 

This month, we welcome a new girl into the class. We also piloted a Direct Cash Aid program with three families of the Get Ready Girls. This cash assistance replaces the income that was lost as they have chosen to study instead of working. It has worked very well with our families and we’ve started implementing a new scale taking into consideration the number of children below 18 in the family, disabled member, elderly members over 50 years old and pregnant women.

 

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of this scale so as to ensure that they will graduate successfully.

 

Besides the academic aspects of the curriculum, our girls are enjoying yoga classes, field trips to the Outdong mountain and learning about make-up, debt management, financial management and budgeting. Parents of these girls get to go through budgeting as well so that all members in the family have their priorities aligned.

 

In another three months, we’ll see them return to the state school and start apprenticeships in safe jobs. Let’s cheer them on and let them know that their dream of a better future is within their reach. Thank you very much for your support!

Local and foreign volunteers teach English
Local and foreign volunteers teach English
Life skills include handling conflicts
Life skills include handling conflicts
Workshops to encourage students to speak up
Workshops to encourage students to speak up
Field trips to Kein Svay and Outdong Mountain
Field trips to Kein Svay and Outdong Mountain
Learning about budgeting
Learning about budgeting
Family visits and follow ups
Family visits and follow ups
Yoga enables our girls to calm down by meditation
Yoga enables our girls to calm down by meditation
Assisting families with Direct Cash Aid
Assisting families with Direct Cash Aid

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