Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and Siem Reap, where Helping Hands is based, is the second poorest province in Cambodia. Villagers live in extreme poverty, children are often malnourished, poorly educated and suffer debilitating or chronic health problems. Some children have to cycle 2 hours to get to state school - attendance and graduation rates are among the lowest in the world. By providing education in the village, Helping Hands has been changing that since 2005.
Education is the key to long term impact and Helping Hands invests in education at all levels. We provide a kindergarten for the youngest chillren, free supplementary education for older children so they can complete their state school studies and university scholarships so that high school graduates can go to university. We also provide training in health and hygiene, nutrition and agriculture. Our holistic approach ensures that the benefits extend to all villagers and are truly long-lasting.
We often take education for granted but in Cambodia, where an entire generation of educated people were killed by the Khmer Rouge, basic education is still a luxury. In the space of ten years our villagers have seen improvements in health, educational achievement and career prospects but there is still a long way to go. The continuation of our work will lead to even better health, greater career choice, long term financial stability and a real chance of self sufficiency for more than 500 people.
The Helping Hands Cambodia website
Helping Hands Cambodia Annual report 2013-2014