Working With Children in Cambodia

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Children in Cambodia face major challenges in the areas of personal safety and health and nutrition. Child labour and child trafficking are prevalent in the region; more than 20,000 children live and work on the streets of Phnom Penh alone. World Vision works with communities and organizations to promote stronger child protection laws and their implementation.

Cambodia is a net exporter of rice, but many rural families go hungry. A full 40 per cent of children under age five are malnourished and women and children are chronically deficient in iron and vitamin A. We support health centres in providing education to help families prevent and treat malnutrition through growth monitoring, food and vitamin supplements and nutritious food preparation.

Your impact in Cambodia

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
  • 19,110 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 1,105 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livlihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 422 adults participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 15 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 7 referral networks established including healthcare, case management, business support, child protection and learning networks
  • 88 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 335 children were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
  • 31 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children

Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
  • 2,973 children are participating in clubs that make community decisions and advocate for their protection and wellbeing
  • 3,978 children are participating in life skills clubs to learn essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 23 advocacy clubs are in place for children and youth empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 75 clubs are in place for children and youth providing essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 22 reading clubs are in place for children and youth helping them improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 349 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 464 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
  • 213 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 5 schools were built, renovated or received resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
  • 705 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 633 people are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 30 new or improved latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 10,836 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 1 committee is managing water supply systems and promoting sanitary behaviours to ensure long term access to clean water
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 493 yards of fabric were shipped to provide resources for economic development initiatives
  • 816 people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 30 savings groups are helping young people and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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