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.

  • 14,146 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 62 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 981 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 101 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 671 malnourished children in Cambodia were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 6,846 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 37,495 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 17,171 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 885 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 91 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Cambodia
  • 781 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 11 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 1,068 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 661 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 129 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 328 youths and adults were equipped to earn increased income through apprenticeships, or vocational and business training

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