Changing kids' lives with hip hop, education & art

by Tiny Toones Vetted since 2012

Summary

Tiny Toones engages & educates kids from the slums of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We provide a unique combination of hip hop, arts & education, reaching children who have dropped out or never been to school & risk falling into drugs, crime or lifelong poverty. Over 100 kids attend dance, music, English, Khmer, Math, art & computer classes daily. We must raise $23,550 to pay the rent & teachers which keep our lifeline services going in 2018. Further funds to be used for new teachers & nutritious meals.

$35,000
total goal
$33,480
remaining
23
donors
1
monthly donor
6
months

Challenge

Thousands of Cambodians live in abject poverty. 20,000 children are estimated to live and work on the streets. Only one in three stays in school beyond primary level. Tiny Toones' students are aged 5-24 and are particularly vulnerable to drug and substance abuse, sexual and labor exploitation, domestic violence, and gang involvement. A quarter of the children at Tiny Toones report never having attended school yet many are put to work from as young as five years old.

Solution

The Tiny Toones centre is a safe-haven for "at risk" children. They come to dance and because it's fun, free and they feel valued and cared for. While they are at our centre we give them the classes they need to return to the full time education they have left or never had. We teach respect, positive thinking and living a drug-free life, and the kids become part of a community. Our dancers perform throughout Cambodia and beyond, inspiring the younger ones. We truly change these kids' futures.

Long-Term Impact

These kids visibly change: coming from the most impoverished backgrounds we see their confidence, motivation and self-esteem improve beyond measure. Every day, 100 kids come to be creative and enjoy learning Khmer, English, computing and other key skills. They learn to look out for others and be part of a community. Ultimately, Tiny Toones moves kids away from destructive paths - such as drugs and gangs- and gives them new motivation, hope and the chance to break out of the cycle of poverty,

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

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Organization Information

Tiny Toones

Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
Website: http:/​/​www.tinytoones.org/​
Project Leader:
Jaime Gill
Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh Cambodia
$1,520 raised of $35,000 goal
 
31 donations
$33,480 to go
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