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.
Mar 19, 2013

Just another $4000 and food will be fully funded for all our children

Thank you for putting a smile on their faces
Thank you for putting a smile on their faces

It’s amazing how much our children in Cambodia have benefited from your giving.

 

Being in Cambodia in February this year was the best chance I could see for myself how our skinny little ones have grown chubby. Watching them play chase while others climb and collapse on one another just makes me chortle like them. The most rewarding part is to learn that more children are able to make it to high school and two have gone to the university. They’ve come a long way, so has your donation.

 

Our food campaign started on Global Giving in June 2012. Your generous giving and Global Giving’s 30% bump provided much more. In three months’ time, our project would have been on Global Giving for one year and we hope we’ll reach the $64,000 target that fully funds meals for all our children.

 

If you have someone in mind who could help us reach that goal, it’d be great if you could ask them to partner us to make this come true. This means keeping our children off the streets and families together. Thank you very much for your support. 

Sep 11, 2012

Our children's dreams are within their reach

Riverkids children thank you
Riverkids children thank you

Riverkids has four centres set amidst the Phnom Penh slums. Each morning, children line up to get their breakfast and then in the afternoon, snacks and fruit. 

Our Weekly Boarding kids have three meals a day at our first site, Alexandra. The boarding is a temporary shelter for abused children who reunite with their families after the crisis is over. 

Some of the children come to the centre for extra classes, others have to be home to look after a younger sibling, but all these tell us that they are alright. We’re seeing them flourishing with meals and school, so finishing school is not very far away, all because you chose to help. 

We see our programs work – last week, a girl spoke up about her mom trying to sell her. She dared to believe that her sharing with our social workers will turn her fate around. This is bravery in the middle of harsh realities. 

Two children whom we’ve been supporting to school are going to University. For the very first time in our Cambodian slums, we are seeing our kids making it very far. They’re aiming higher and higher because with your support, they’re beginning to see that their dreams and goals are within their reach. 

Thank you very much for supporting Riverkids’ food program. 

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Jun 12, 2012

How You Can Change a Life

Kim, you left us too soon, but donors are feeding.
Kim, you left us too soon, but donors are feeding.

Today, I read again, the love story of Chau and Kim and I felt as if I’m reading it for the first time.

A young hopeful lady, Chau, who traveled from Vietnam to Cambodia to look for a job found herself betrayed, sold to a brothel and trapped in a fake debt. 

She met a young man, also from Vietnam and confided her story in him. Over time, they fell in love. 

Kim worked hard, paid off her debt and freed her. They got married and raised a family, making promising plans for their children’s future. 

Then, Kim lost his job at the blacksmith and his new job paid less, so they had to take their children out of school. It soon became a struggle to feed their children especially when Chau was pregnant with their fifth child. 

Reluctantly, Chau decided to secretly return to her old job as a sex worker, without letting her husband know. This helped the family financially for a while until Chau began to feel weak, she grew sicker and later learned that she was HIV positive. 

Riverkids connected them to an NGO that helps HIV positive people and put her son on antiretroviral medication for free. We helped them navigate the medical system, supported the family with food and enrolled their oldest children in our school programs. 

Their oldest daughter, Nyla excelled at school and Riverkids chose her as one of our Smartypants Scholarship students. Things appeared well as Chau’s condition improved and with Kim’s steady job as a tuktuk driver, but it took a turn. 

As Kim was driving home two days after Christmas, a car slammed into his tuktuk. The surgery was late. Kim died. 

Chau was confronted with the thought of returning to sex work, or worse, to sell Nyla. Grieving, she decided to return to Vietnam with her little children to her mother’s house and later on, she found a job at a bakery shop. 

She decided to leave Nyla in Riverkids’ Weekly Boarding so she can have school. Nyla has made great strides and many friends with challenges like her, and together they thrive with school and meals. A bright future is within their reach.

Food is core in ensuring that our education programs run effectively. Children who are properly fed are able to concentrate in class and learn more. They can enjoy their favourite playtime and have a better chance to graduate from school. 

A sandwich in the morning and a full bowl of rice with pork and vegetable soup make a huge difference. Thanks to many donors who saw this and supported our food program. With $64,000, we’ll be able to see over 600 children at Riverkids fed for the year and safe from child labour, illegal adoption and sex trafficking. Please help us to feed the children.

A social worker from Riverkids brings food to Chau
A social worker from Riverkids brings food to Chau
Nyla gets her little sister ready for kindergarten
Nyla gets her little sister ready for kindergarten

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