Cambodia

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:
  • 2,034 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 13,650 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 74 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 22,860 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 22,780 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Cambodia, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 1,031 parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline kids without using violence
  • 150 children aged 7-18 can identify main threats to their security in the community as well as ways to protect themselves
  • 12 action items that came out of joint accountability and action plan meetings have been integrated into the community’s investment plan
  • 277 mums and dads regularly went to our parent support groups,
  • 24 public service awareness events have been held
 
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Cambodia funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 177 mothers with children under two know how to manage diarrhea
  • 134 trained village health support groups received supervision assistance from local health centres or staff in the last six months
  • 65 malnourished kids in our nutrition programme gained 400 grams in one month
  • 175 children aged 12-23 months were breastfed within the past day
  • 236 children between six months and age two ate food from four food groups over the past day

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Cambodia funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 869 children were trained in life-protection skills
  • 19 after-school reading clubs now meet our standards
  • 290 teachers learned about child protection, gender equality, and positive discipline
  • 834 books with local stories in the local language were given to reading camps
  • 2,014 particularly vulnerable children ages 6-11 who are enrolled in grades 1-6 are attending school
 
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Cambodia funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 3,471 more people now have clean water within 30 minutes of their home
  • 250 new taps were installed
  • 1,289 families who went to our training on how to treat water so that it's safe to drink are now using water filters or purification tablets to do so
  • 16,366 families built new toilets
  • 43,366 people learned about good hygiene, including how to wash their hands and keep clean
 
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Cambodia funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 3 schools have an updated disaster plan
  • 46 micro-projects were run by community groups

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Cambodia funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020 in partnership with the World Food Programme

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.