We have many reasons to celebrate this month. Our holistic Education Programme aims to help disadvantaged and marginalised children with little-to-no-education escape poverty. We do this with a combination of no-cost accelerated learning programme to get them re-integrated into Cambodia’s public-school system quickly, healthcare, and nutritional support. Our community outreach projects help their families develop the skills they need to gain employment. When students graduate from our Catch-Up Programme, they continue to receive support from ISF throughout their educational journey.
See some of the highlights below:
84 new students were accepted into our Catch-Up Programme in November, bringing our total students to 728
80 students graduated our accelerated learning ‘catch up’ programme and were re-integrated into state school. We now support 443 students to complete state school education
13 students are receiving ISF support in tertiary education
47% of our student body are female
29 students have found stable employment and have graduated from all our programmes
On a different note, in accordance with a safety measure from Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, ISF schools will be closing until further notice to prevent any possible spread of the COVID-19 virus. We have no students or staff exhibiting symptoms of or have tested positive for the illness.
Our staff have been meeting with students' families to notify them of this closure and give them information about our services going forward. They will keep these families informed through regular home visits, phone calls and a dedicated Facebook Group. Soap will also be distributed throughout the community to promote preventative hygiene and informational material given to educate residents on the virus and its prevention. Our commitment to our students and their families remains paramount in the days and weeks to follow.
The Importance of Our Support
Crises like the Coronavirus outbreak underscore the necessity of our healthcare, community projects, and education services to Cambodia’s most vulnerable children and their families. We need your support to maintain these projects that provide a necessary safety net for those experiencing food and income insecurity and help lift them out of poverty. If you can, make a donation to our life-changing programmes.
We appreciate your support as we continue to extend relief to some of Phnom Penh’s most unprotected residents.
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