Ksach Kandal's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2016

Ksach Kandal is a densely populated community located about 55 kilometres from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The community experiences both flooding and drought throughout the year. About half of families live along the Mekong River, which floods during the rainy season. On the other side of the community, families experience water shortages during the dry season.

Most residents work as farmers growing rice, but there is only one harvest each year, and yields are low. Half of all households have food shortages for three to six months a year. In spite of the challenges they face, the people here are hard-working and hopeful.
A few highlights of the Impact achieved from our recent program evaluation
  • 59% of children are able to read and understand the material, compared to 42% before.
  • 94% of children received all age-appropriate vaccines to help protect them from diseases, compared to 87% before.
  • The percentage of children under 5 years old that are too short for their age, as a result of malnourishment, has decreased from 31% to 29%.
  • 83% of children in 2015 completed compulsory education, compared to 63% in 2011.
  • 97% of mothers delivered their baby safely with the help of a skilled birth attendant, compared to 55% before.
  • 84% of mothers attended all of their prenatal visits, compared to 34% before.
  • 67% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding their babies, compared to 52% before, to give them a healthy start to life.
  • The percentage of students who dropped out of school has decreased from 17% to 4%.
  • 84% of the community are benefiting from latrines and have better access to sanitation, compared to 58% before.
  • 13 villages in the community are using sanitary facilities and are now open defecation free.
  • 12 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 161 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms.
  • 21 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 464 preschool children are developingvital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 26 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 13 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning throughtutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 4,650 parents and caregivers learned aboutproper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 26 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children.
  • 244 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • 2,812 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
  • 132 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of askilled birth attendant.
  • 1,575 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 39 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses.
  • 914 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans.
  • 230 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
  • 681 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.
  • 3 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Provide children in need with necessary school supplies.
  • Support schools with teaching and learning materials.
  • Organize improved training for teachers.
  • Establish school libraries and children's reading clubs.
  • Build additional classrooms for existing schools, as well as preschools.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide improved training for community health workers and birth attendants.
  • Organize health education on the prevention and treatment of diseases.

To ensure parents in Ksach Kandal can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train farmers in improved farming techniques and compost making.
  • Establish rice demonstration fields and rice banks.
  • Support families to establish vegetable gardens and plant fruit trees to serve as additional sources of food.
  • Provide families with livestock and training in livestock management to diversify their diets and income generation.
  • Establish community savings and loans associations for farming families.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:

  • Organize education sessions on the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.
  • Enhance community-led care for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:

  • Build and repair wells and latrines in the community to improve families' access to clean, safe water.

Explore Ksach Kandal

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Ksach Kandal

Many children in Ksach Kandal do not attend school because their families are not able to afford basic school supplies. Parents often expect their children to work in the rice fields instead of going to school. About 62% of community members have not completed primary school.

Even children who attend school have difficulty getting a good education. There are not enough classrooms, teachers, or learning materials. After classes, many children look for odd jobs to make money, instead of studying.

Health Care
Health care services in Ksach Kandal are poor. Children die from preventable illnesses, and infant and maternal mortality rates are high. The vast majority of births take place at home under the care of traditional birth attendants, who lack adequate training.

Most families practice rice farming, but there is usually only one harvest a year. Many families struggle to grow enough to feed themselves. This is mainly due to poor farming techniques and agricultural training, as well as a lack of money to buy fertilizers, seeds, and animals.

Farmers often have no option but to borrow money from local moneylenders, who charge steep interest rates of 15-20% a month. As a result, families sink deeper and deeper into poverty, and some are even forced to sell their property to repay loans.

The rate of HIV occurrence is dramatically increasing in the community, which may be due to its close proximity to the capital city. Many people currently living with AIDS require care and support, but there aren't enough supports in place to meet their needs.

Water and Sanitation
Only 36% of households in Ksach Kandal have access to safe, clean water. Most families living along the Mekong River use it as a source of drinking water, and as a result people, especially children, suffer from waterborne diseases. Flooding during the rainy season spreads contaminated water, making the situation worse. At the other extreme, families located away from the river have no water at all during the dry season. Latest Articles
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Ksach Kandal,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

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