Plan Cambodia OverviewPicture: A girl learning at Plan supported centre
About CambodiaCambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world.One third of Cambodians live on less than 1 US dollar aday and 95% of the population are reliant on agricultureas their main source of livelihood.Problems affecting the childrenof Cambodia• Poor quality education means many children drop out of school before they finish their studies.• 40% of people live in extreme poverty.• Lack of awareness of children’s rights and child protection mean children are in danger of trafficking, violence and abuse
Plan’s priorities in CambodiaEducation• Implementing plans for each school in our working areas.• Providing scholarships, teaching materials, remedial classes and developing curriculums.• Building libraries and playgrounds.• Watch: Hengs story: how breakfast is keeping hungry children at school.• Picture: Plan-supported community preschool in Kampong Cham, Cambodia.
Plan’s priorities in CambodiaHealth• Educating teenagers on sexual and reproductive health.• Improving local health centres and the services they provide.• Increasing access to safe drinking water, promoting better levels of hygiene at home, in schools and communities.Picture: Rural Cambodian’s refer to childbirth as “crossing the river”, aphrase that resonates with the uncertainties involved. Plan Cambodiasupports community health volunteers and trains traditional midwivesto lower the uncertainties during delivery.
Plan’s priorities in CambodiaLivelihoods• Working with local partners to provide basic savings and loans services to poor families, improving farming techniques and exploring job opportunities with young people.• Making children part of decision-making and protecting them from abuse• Setting up youth groups and children’s clubs, where young people receive training on children’s rights and can have a voice in their community.• Working to stop child trafficking and child abuse in schoolsPicture: Ching has been provided a weaving loomby Plan. With the loom, she is able to add to thefamilys income. Each day she produces 1-2scarves, making her about 25 cents US. "Theincome has helped my status in the family, thereare fewer arguments between me and myhusband now," she tells. The extra income alsomeans the family may eat more and morenutritious food.
Funds raised from RAA is going towards Plan’s Building Opportunities for the Poorest Families Project. Aim: To make a positive difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor families in Cambodia. Region: Siem Reap Why: The families we work with are the poorest of the poor: they do not own land, have had little or no education, have limited means of earning an income and are often stuck in a cycle of debt. In addition, destitution and untreated trauma suffered during the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime have contributed to the social isolation, poor self-image and depression experienced by these families.Picture: Mrs Aiy San’s daughter helps hersell fruit at the local market z
What are we doing?This project enables families to improve their lives bydeveloping their personal empowerment, self-confidence andmotivation. We provide practical support to the poorestfamilies helping to increase their access to education andhealth services, and establish family income-generatingactivities. Since the project began in 2007, around 600families in Siem Reap province have taken part. They havereceived counselling to address the stresses of social isolation,poverty and untreated trauma. They have also increased theirincomes through activities such as vegetable growing, basket-making and raising livestock.Literacy classes are provided for children and adults who aretoo old to enrol in school. In addition, the establishment ofcommunity centres has encouraged community members tocome together, which has helped to decrease the stigma andisolation experienced by the poorest of the poor.Picture: Voluntary teacher Vathana teaches at informalafternoon English class . "Going to school - any kind ofschooling - builds confidence, security and valuable networksfor the children. It is a win-win situation."
Through your donations you will help: • provide vocational training for out- of-school youth from the poorest families • provide ongoing family counselling to build self-confidence and address issues such as trauma and domestic violence • cover the monthly stipend for a teacher to conduct literacy classes for children and adults • provide learning and teaching materials for a preschool • provide material support and training for families to establish sustainable income sources through agriculture, horticulture and handicraft production.Picture: Girl in returning from school in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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