We provide complete 24 hour care for special needs children, some are orphaned and have HIV or epilepsy. Many cannot return home because they were abused by extended family. We also assist blind children through education, training and rehabilitation. All our children live at our school, received scholastic education from infant school to university and high level traditional Cambodian arts training. We also focus on the revival and preservation of traditional Cambodian culture.
Our NGO and school though founded in 1994 does not receive official government funding. Additionally international organisations and governments no longer provide funding to orphaned children. Cambodia however is not yet ready to provide an adequate foster-care system and many children are often subject to abuse and slavery by extended family or community if left in a foster care system. It is imperative that we are able to take proper care of our children, because they have nowhere else to go.
This project will provide nourishing food for our residential children for the period of 1 whole year. Our school helps up to 25 residential children and also some local children who study at our school, but have significant family problems. Giving a complete and balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit, we are very careful to keep our children well-fed with delicious food. Helping sponsor this project will provide the most important element for their well-being.
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 building a future. Since 1994, 450 students have already graduated with positive results.