Working With Children in Cambodia

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.
  • 1,511 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 10,190 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 25 survivors of abuse, including 1 case of child marriage, 5 cases of sexual abuse and 17 cases of trafficking, received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 380 children and youth are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 43,826 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
  • 188 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 3 health facilities were improved to better care for children and families
  • 390 malnourished children have regained a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 7,683 people were counselled on how to properly care for mothers and babies during and after pregnancy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
  • 2 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 2 schools were renovated and 7 others received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 2,354 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 801 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 948 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 1,711 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 135 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 255 people received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 577 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 77 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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