More than 2,400 children are estimated to be missing out on schooling because they live with their parents on small boats or homes on the Tonle Sap Lake for months at a time, where the parents try to earn a living by fishing. These families can't afford to send their children to school because of the cost of transport, books and uniforms. By providing the means of education, you can help break this cycle of poverty and give these children opportunities for a brighter future.
An estimated 2,400 primary and high school students are missing out on school education because they live with their parents on small boats on Tonle Sap lake, where they try to earn a living through fishing.During the rainy season, children can be transported by motorized boats to schools. In the dry season, students have a shorter trip by boat but then they need to walk or cycle to school.The cost in time and money for fuel to do this on a daily basis is too expensive for many of these families
This project will provide support, promote and secure children's rights to education, food and general well-being so that children on the Tonle Sap Lake will become literate. 22 families have already been identified who will benefit from this stage of the project. This month long campaign is to raise funds for these 22 students. Donations will pay for school requirements. Neary Khmer will follow up regularly with the schools, families and children.
Poverty is a vicious cycle. Lakeside children grow up without education and have children who then become uneducated Lakeside children. Education is the only way forward for a productive, independent life. By providing education for these children, they will have more options for their future. The students currently identified as warranting support are just a small number who need it and this project will be expanded in the future to help all deserving cases identified by Neary Khmer.