Children
 Cambodia
Project #10809

Hope for 300 Urban Poor Children from 200 Families

by Sunshine Cambodia
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Nith
Nith

Overview:

Sunshine Cambodia (SC) are now working in four target areas in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With her three years plan, 2015-2018, SC has worked closely with 300 children (Male: 149, Female: 151) from 200 families in the hope that each family and child will grow holistically. SC has tried her best to improve the living condition and reduce poverty within those families and also focused on the implementation of the children’s basic rights.

The children are selected and supported to attend formal education in both state and private schools. They also received school materials and extra tuition for supplementary classes – English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Khmer and computer skills.

To build a close relationship with her beneficiaries SC also works directly with those 200 families, both fathers and mothers. SC’s staff in each areas spend time with them focusing on home visit/ case management and some activities in their community, which leads us to know more about their family situation and needs. Vocational and MED training, start-up capital, as well as emergency relief programs are provided. Moreover, Children and Parents’ Clubs have played very important role for SC to be able to work closely with her beneficiaries. They learnt useful lessons for life and get to know each other and had fun.

The following stories of change from our beneficiaries encourage and motivate all our staff to continue their hard work happily. However, SC acknowledges that without your support we are nothing.

 

1. I feel warm now

Nith is now 12 years old and lives with her grandparents in Sansom Kasal village, Phnom Penh. Her parents divorced and left her alone with her grandparents since she was less than one year old. She always feels no one care for her and no warm in her life.

“I don’t know when my parents left me, but my grandparents told me that they left me when I was very young.

They divorced. My father never visits me. My mother did sometimes, but she got a new husband. I feel no warm and hopeless,said Nith.

"Sometimes I want to cry. I wanted to study, but my grandparents cannot effort it. I love school uniform. When I saw my friends wearing school uniform and go to school I want to cry. I want to study too. I feel hopeless.” she added.

Some years later in 2009, Nith started her first day at school at Sansom Kosal primary school with very nice uniform as same as other friends in her village. Later on, when SC’s staff visited her grandparents she, then, learnt that SC has started to support for her study. She is now at grade 6 with good talent of Language studies. Nith has a dream. She wants to be an English teacher.

She said, “I didn’t know what was happened at that time. I was too small (young). I did not remember much, but I just knew that I had a chance to wear school uniform and was able to go to school. I was really happy. I had friends and can play with them happily".

She also said: "I attended Children’s Club with other new friends. I love to play with them. I love SC’s staff. Krue (teacher) Deth takes care of me and always encourages me to study hard for my future. I feel warm now, and not lonely. I have hope and a dream to be an English teacher.”                                                                                          

                                                                                          

2. My husband is a new man.

In a very small wooden house of her mother-in-law lives a woman with her drunken husband and their two children and also other three families who are her husband relatives. Sreymom is 33 year-old and a garment factory worker.

As a garment factory worker Sreymom got little income, which is insufficient to support her family particularly to send her two kids, Mesa and Meta, to school. She always expects that her husband, Kim, will take his responsibility as a good husband and father to care for this poor family, to work and to support her family. In contrast, Kim hands this tough task to her and always gathers with his friends for alcohol drinking rather than find job to make more income for supporting their family.  He drinks every day and takes no responsibility for his family, but argues with Sreymom most of the time.

Sometime I want to run away from my husband, but I could not left my children. I love them so much. I want just my husband changes his attitude and habit, but I don’t know how to do that,” Sreymom said.

Throughout these 2 years, 2015 to 2016, SC has started to support her son, Mesa, who is 7, and has worked with her family we learnt that she has faced many challenges in life due to the lack of responsibility of her husband. SC’s staff, Chaova, has tried to build a good relationship with Kim and spent time with him from time to time.

By spending an individual time with Kim the discussion was focused on the role of a father and husband so that Kim can reflect on this. Kim is also invited to join Father’s Club, where he can meet many other men, where he learnt good lessons. As a result, Kim is now be a new man for his family, his wife and children. Kim spent time to work rather than drink. He works now as a construction worker. He had spent quality time with his family. His words and attitude are changed.

With smile Sreymom said happily that, “My family is now much better. I am happy and no more stress. My husband is a new man, I think. We are now close to each other. He is not a drunken man as before, but he takes care of my family well and tries to earn money. He goes to work as a construction work. Moreover, my son, Mesa, can go to school. He is now at grade 2.”

Nith reading
Nith reading
Sreymom and Her Husband
Sreymom and Her Husband
Sreymon
Sreymon's husband and Children
Kunthea attended a Child Participation Workshop
Kunthea attended a Child Participation Workshop

Overview:

Sunshine Cambodia (SC) was working with 300 children (Male: 149, Female: 151) from 200 families from 4 poor communities in Phnom Penh.  

Through this project 300 children have been able to exercise their rights to education, protection, health care and general well-being.The children are supported to attend formal education in both state and private schools, received school materials and extra tuition for English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Khmer and Computer skills.  It is a common for poor students in Cambodia to be unable to afford this.  SC uses a community-based approach and there is a weekly children’s club and a quarterly youth club in each of the four project areas (Sansom Kosal, Stung Mean Chey, Thnoat Chrum and Prey Tea).  At the clubs, the children learn about Christianity and various topics relevant to their lives, and also do creative activities such as arts, crafts and music.  They also take part in special clean up days in their communities.

SC also works with the 200 families of the children (approximately 1,042 family members) to build parental responsibility and self-reliance.  SC’s programs include a Case Management and Visitation, Counseling, Food subsidy, Parenting Skills Training (Mother and Father Clubs), Vocational Training & Job Placement, Micro- Enterprise and Development and Start-up Capital, as well as Emergency and Disaster Relief programs. In the Parents’ Clubs, they learn parenting skills, child rights, health care, economic empowerment, etc.

 

Here is a story of a youth from Sunshine Cambodia programm.

Kunthea, 15, shyly shares her dream to be a brilliant accountant. But as she recalls her past, the tears flow as she remembers not being able to join kindergartners in their smart school uniforms because her family was too poor to send her to school.  Her father was an alcoholic and then her mother died from a long term illness.

When Sunshine Cambodia’s program was introduced to her village, Kunthea joined the children’s club and found a level of love and care which she had never experienced before in her family.  “I have made more friends and I have great teachers who love, encourage and guide me,” says Kunthea.  “The Sunshine staff have encouraged me to have a dream for the future.  But if I can’t be an accountant, then I’ll open a hairdressing salon.”

Kunthea says Mr Deth, SC’s Children Development Facilitator, always encourages her to study hard so that she can achieve her dreams. His support means a lot to her as her own family, including two older siblings, have not been positive role models for her.

 

Here is another story of a family from Sunshine Cambodia programm.

Preytea Village is an industrial area close to Phnom Penh International Airport where different types of work are available.  Many people come here from the provinces looking for a better life.

Srorn is a 45 year old spinster from Prey Veng province. In 2006 she came to Phnom Penh with a few of her neighbours, looking for work in a garment factory. Her living situation at that time was very difficult because the rented room they shared was very cramped and she didn’t have enough food, leading to poor health. Three years later, she adopted a 3 year old boy, Chhay Li, and eventually stopped working at the factory because she didn’t have enough time to care for him when she was working.

’At that time, I borrowed money from a Microfinance institute to buy a sewing machine.  I walked from house to house to collect clothes for sewing.  Even though I was paid for my sewing services, life was more difficult but I was still happy to live with my adopted son‘’.

After Chhay Li was accepted into the SC program in July 2014, their lives improved a great deal.

‘’I feel very happy now because Sunshine has helped us a lot with school uniforms, study materials, food subsidy, English lessons and many other things. I have also learned general knowledge and parenting skills through Parents’ Days and how to run a small business.  I even got start-up capital from Sunshine to improve my business.  I used it to buy more cloth to make clothes to sell. Now I have three sewing machines in my business and I also rent one machine to my neighbor. More than this, I have a plan to save more money to buy a clothes shop. Finally, I really want to say thank you very much for Sunshine’s support to my family.

Kunthea and other Children at a Workshop
Kunthea and other Children at a Workshop
The children got toothpaste and toothbrushes
The children got toothpaste and toothbrushes
Children,Parents & Staff @ Community Cleaning Day!
Children,Parents & Staff @ Community Cleaning Day!
Parents got Water Filters
Parents got Water Filters
Youth Club Activity
Youth Club Activity
Father Club
Father Club
Children Club
Children Club

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An SC boy
An SC boy

Sunshine is now supporting the education of 300 children, from 200 families – 1,000+ direct beneficiaries.

Here is a story of a boy in the programme:

Panya is a gentle 9 year old boy who has been with Sunshine Cambodia for 5 years, along with his 7 year old sister, Nita.  Their father drives a remorque (a trailer pulled by a motorbike) and their mother works as a cleaner for a microfinance organization.  But even though they have work, they barely earn enough to get by.

Panya, which means ‘wisdom’, is now in Grade 4 and with Sunshine’s support has received school supplies, uniforms, help with paying “informal” school fees, and a food subsidy.  He has many friends and enjoys attending Sunshine’s children’s club where he’s learnt lots of useful things but what he remembers most are the lessons on child rights and child abuse, and playing on the computers.

 “I know that when people hurt me or other children, it is the child abuse and it is against our rights and we will look for help from others,” he said.

Even though he is one of the top 5 students in his class at public school, he enjoys learning English at a privately-run school even more.  

“I prefer studying English at the private school because at the public school, the teacher does not explain the lesson much and there are too many noisy students in the class!”

Over the years, he has seen many improvements in his family’s life.  They now have enough food to eat and his father has bought a better motorbike for work.  They can sleep on a mattress instead of a straw mat and they have nicer clothes to wear. His parents have a better relationship and the whole family practices better hygiene!

For Panha though, his education is the most important thing for his future.

 “My dream is to be a doctor so that I can help people and make enough money to live on. And if this dream doesn’t come true, I have another dream of working in a bank because bank workers can work in air-conditioning and dress well all the time.  I don’t want to work under the heat of the sun! Banks can also help people improve their finances.

Thank you very much for supporting me through Sunshine!”

 

The children Club!
The children Club!
Child with New School Uniform
Child with New School Uniform
Child with new school bag
Child with new school bag

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Reaksa in Children Club run by visitors
Reaksa in Children Club run by visitors

Sunshine Cambodia (SC), in July 2014, was working with 282 children (Male: 139, Female: 143) from 185 families from poor communities in Phnom Penh: Sansom Kosal, Stung Mean Chey, Thnoat Chrum and Prey Tea. Over the year, 32 stopped coming as families moved to the province (21 cases) or obtained jobs for older children (11 cases). So as at June 2015, 250 children remained in the program.

Each child received a public education and outstanding students also attended private classes. SC uses a community-based approach and there is a children’s club in each of the four main project areas. 

The clubs give the children the opportunity to play sport (soccer & kickboxing) and learn music and other life skills.

SC also works with the 185 families of the children (a total of around 1005 family members) to build parental responsibility and self-reliance.  SC’s programs include a Food subsidy, Parenting Skills Training, Vocational Training & Job Placement, Small Business Development and Start-up Capital, Savings Groups, as well as Emergency and Disaster Relief programs.

 

ONE STORY OF A BOY:

HOW SPONSORSHIP CHANGES THE LIFE OF A FATHERLESS BOY …

 When he was just 8 years old, Reaksa’s father died. Reaksa became addicted to online games which made his mother angry with him most of the time, and he got poor study results.

Reaksa’s mother sold vegetables in the market and worked hard to support the family but sometimes she could not pay for rent or food. Reaksa felt hopeless and unhappy and so he spent a lot of time with his friends and play­ing games. He didn’t attend school regularly.

In 2008, Reaksa was accepted into SC’s Child Develop­ment Project. SC’s support covered school fees, food subsidy, uniforms, stationery and other school mate­rials. Now he is 13 and in grade 6 at Sansom Kosal Primary School, and goes to school regularly. He is a good son too. Life for Reaksa and his family has improved a lot since receiving support from SC. His mother has moved her small business to another area and is getting better every day. His studies are also improving.

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Reaksa : “Now I study very hard because I want to be a good student and make my mother happy. I also help her in my free time. I used to be a very bad boy, making my mother sad and unhappy, but now I am very different !”

 

ONE STORY OF A YOUTH:

Chenda’s Story

Like so many Sunshine children, Chenda’s parents were rural migrants, arriving in Phnom Penh in 2005, seeking a better life. However, they found themselves struggling to meet even the most basic needs of food and education for their two young children. Without Sunshine’s assistance, Chenda’s life could have been very different. Children like her in slum communities are at risk of sexual abuse, drug use (especially glue sniffing), violence, child labour and human trafficking.

Once in the Sunshine program, Chenda thrived. She proved a bright, able student and a hard worker. In the past 10 years she completed her primary and secondary education and has just finished the first year of a sociology degree. However, her studies will now be postponed due to the increasing pressure to support her family. This is a common situation in Cambodia where there are virtually no safety nets. Her mother will soon stop working due to ill health and her father makes very little as a motorcycle taxi driver. A relative has given Chenda the opportunity to start a small business selling car tires. If the business succeeds, Chenda will be able to buy a small home for her ageing parents in the outskirts of Phnom Penh. If they can help look after the business, this will give her time to complete her degree sometime in the future. Chenda has thought and prayed a lot about this decision to put her dream of a university education on hold. However, she feels that providing for her family is the right thing to do and Sunshine staff, both past and present, support her decision.

“Because I am from a poor family and was supported by Sunshine, I wanted to become a Social Worker and help others like me. However, I have to stop my studies for now as I need to help my family. I hope that someday in the future I can finish my degree. May God bless all those who have blessed me and so many other Sunshine children.”

 

ONE PARENT’S STORY: THE SMILES OF A FAMILY OF RUBBISH COLLECTORS

In Thnout Chhrum, a slum community in Phnom Penh where many migrant people struggle to make a living, lives Rin, 33, and her husband. They are rubbish collectors. Eleven years ago they left their home in the countryside to look for work but they could not find any job because of their lack of education. Their family of five lives in a small rented room. The family has faced many challenges over the years and they could not send their kids to school or to hospital when they were sick.

“Dirty Girl, you should be in school!” the villagers would taunt. Channa, known as Dirty Girl, would tag along with her parents as they collected rubbish for recycling. In 2013, Rin’s family was found by SC staff and Channa is now in grade 3 at the Jesus School. Rin has been equipped through Parents Day Trainings and has learnt parenting skills, Micro-Enterprise Develop­ment (MED), communications, money management, setting goals, and other life skills.

They now have a Tuk Tuk which helps them to make more income.

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RIN :“Through Sunshine’s support,my daughter can go to school like other kids. She studies both Khmer and English and learns other useful skills in the Children Club. I am also grateful to have learnt many good lessons during Parent’s Days. Thank you for support­ing my family. My burdens are reduced and my family is much better now” .

 

These achievements would not have hap­pened without your support. Thank you very much for your generosity which has enabled more and more struggling families to stand own their own two feet. Many others are waiting for our support. Please continue on this journey with us. We welcome more partners and can guarantee that we will use your resources with great stewardship to be effective and accountable in every way.

Please enjoy reading our updated report.

May God bless you and continue to use you to bless others.

With my warmest regards,

Mr. Channy NOP,

Director of Sunshine Cambodia

director@sunshinecambodia.org

Chenda attended Christmas Celebration of Sunshine
Chenda attended Christmas Celebration of Sunshine
Mrs. Rin in her community!
Mrs. Rin in her community!
Mrs. Rin Family!
Mrs. Rin Family!
SC Children at Children Clubs!
SC Children at Children Clubs!
Children and Parents attend our Christamas!
Children and Parents attend our Christamas!
Thank you for helping us bring Sunshine and Smiles
Thank you for helping us bring Sunshine and Smiles

From the Director ...

We are so blessed to enjoy the support of our beloved donors, partners, friends and brothers and sisters, from different organizations, companies, churches and schools – from around the world.

It enables us, in turn, to bring blessing and hope to increasing numbers of vulnerable children (and their families), struggling in poverty.

So much is happening! A new building is currently under construction and then in July, we will welcome 50 new children (and their families) onto the programme - all possible because of your support.

Thank you so much!
Channy NOP
Director, SC  

 

New development phase ...

We have been able to expand operations even further and are now working in a fourth community, Prey Tea (pronounced Pray Dear! An excellent suggestion…)

The original 3 Sunshine communities are in reasonably close proximity to one other and so all have been serviced from the one “office” building. Prey Tea however, is further out – towards the airport – in north-west Phnom Penh. We have now purchased land here and begun building new premises to service this area.

Prey Tea children now attending school ...
Even without the new building, the Sunshine team is already hard at work. Children are no longer spending their days doing recycle rubbish collecting. 

A new UNESCO study has found that almost a quarter of Cambodian children aged 7 to 14 are forced to give up school, in order to work.

“In reality, when your family needs food, working becomes more [urgent] than school”, Ros Sopheap, director of Gender and Development for Cambodia.

SC works to break the “education vs. work” cycle of despair by providing access for children to school, whilst at the same time, working with the parents to economically empower them.  Although not without its challenges, Sunshine parents are encouraged to see the long-term value of their children remaining at school for as long as possible. (Currently Cambodia's completion rate for upper secondary is just 23%). 

We have seen the model work in our other communities and look forward - with your help - to seeing similar results at Prey Tea. 

 

Dreams are coming true ...

At the other end of the development cycle, we are thrilled to report that three students from the original Sunshine community are now attending University! Without Sunshine’s support, it is unlikely any of them would have gained even a basic primary education. Sunshine allowed them to hope and taught them to dream. We are incredibly proud of all three.

GO
Familiar to those who attended the Sydney Dinner last year, Go was the first Sunshine student to attend university. He continues his studies for a Bachelor of English Literature at Human Resource University.

CHANDY
Studying for a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Build Bright University.

DARI
Studying for a Bachelor of Sociology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

 

Meet Dari

Like so many Sunshine children, Dari’s parents were rural migrants, arriving in Phnom Penh in 2005, seeking a better life. Despair quickly set in as they found themselves unable to meet even the most basic needs of their 2 young children for food and education. Without Sunshine’s assistance, Dari's life could look very different today. Children like her, struggling in squatter communities, are at very high risk of sexual abuse, drug use (especially glue sniffing), violence and gang related issues, child labour and human trafficking.

Once on the Sunshine programme, Dari thrived. She proved a bright, able student and a hard worker. In the past 10 years she has managed not only to complete her primary and secondary education but now (at 23 years of age) has been accepted into one of Phnom Penh’s most prestigious universities.

Dari is studying Sociology – working hard – not enjoying Statistics so much! However, she has good support from Sunshine; has made friends and is focused on her end goal. She is a beautiful, vibrant young woman with a bright future, thanks to Sunshine.“Because I am from a poor family and was supported by Sunshine Cambodia, I would like to become a Social Worker and help others like me.” 
 

"May God bless all those who have blessed me and so many other Sunshine children. I hope that Sunshine will be able to continue supporting other children, to at least grade 12 or even through to university, like me."We wish all three of our university students every success in their studies. They are wonderful role models for the younger children.

 

Sunshine Sponsors

We are so grateful to you all. Our three university students, Dari, Go and Chandy would not be where they are today without sponsor support.
 
Although it is not possible for sponsors to correspond with one particular child, you are always welcome to visit Sunshine, to see for yourself the difference your sponsorship is making.  
 
We are delighted to see a number of younger people (often on quite modest incomes themselves) signing on as child sponsors. We also have a number of families now who are sponsoring one Sunshine child for each of their own. Our heartfelt thanks to all.

 

 

On behalf of all the Sunshine staff, family and children ... thank you ... thank you ... thank you.

    

Our new building in Prey Tea is under construction
Our new building in Prey Tea is under construction
280 of them are attending schools
280 of them are attending schools
Activities in Children Club
Activities in Children Club
Our staff with Government officers visit families
Our staff with Government officers visit families
Dari attended our Christmas Celebration
Dari attended our Christmas Celebration
Go, our first university student!
Go, our first university student!
Chandy, our second university students!
Chandy, our second university students!

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Sunshine Cambodia

Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
Website: http:/​/​www.sunshinecambodia.org/​
Project Leader:
Channy Nop
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Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh Cambodia
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