We help vulnerable children and families living in poverty. Children at risk of neglect or abandonment are supported through our crisis care, healthcare and pre-school education, while their families resolve difficulties through our parenting programmes. We enable families to turn their lives around, finding lasting solutions before problems become critical. Early intervention is very cost-effective, so your donation goes even further, supporting more children and families.
In Cambodia 30% of the population still live on less than $1 a day. Families struggling to provide for children can believe they may receive better care elsewhere - today 80% of children in orphanages here still have living parents. The aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime shattered families, and whole generations without the benefit of traditional parenting guidance or support. Too often inexperienced parents are unable to cope with problems and give their child to a stranger or orphanage.
We work with families at an early stage when problems can be better addressed. Rather than giving hand outs, we provide a helping hand to overcome difficulties, enabling the family to flourish in the future. Children referred to us receive immediate medical care, healthy diets to combat malnutrition, and quality pre-school education. Parents attend workshops in childcare, nutrition and hygiene, and counselling from our professional social workers, while free childcare allows them to work.
We started with only 15 children, and now have 700 beneficiaries. Creating stronger, healthier and more financially secure families has a positive impact on the whole community, providing role models for the next generation. Children attending daycare go on to attend regular school, while adult training events embed good practice in the community. Our plans to establish child-minding groups and parenting programmes in many more villages will broaden our reach and vision.