Ksach Kandal

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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Ksach Kandal's Community is graduating

Ksach Kandal’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all  its children, not just those who are sponsored. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Ksach Kandal get there. Thank you!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Ksach Kandal has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

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.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Ksach Kandal  has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!  
  • 91% of families have access to latrines and sanitation facilities, which control the spread of disease—an increase from just 5.7% in 2002.
  • Over 700 people are involved in agricultural co-ops and more than 900 are members of savings groups, enabling them to save money and access loans.
  • 99% of families have enough food for their kids year-round. 
  • 50 wells, 47 rainwater tanks and over 1,300 filters are providing water for drinking and household use.
  • 100% of children under two are immunized and 100% of mothers deliver with a skilled birth attendant.
  • 96% of boys and 98% of girls complete primary school and 97% of children complete secondary school.
  • Training has improved the quality of education—100% of teachers now use student-focused approaches.
  • 1,481 tables and benches were provided to local schools. 
  • 16,847 children are now enrolled in school, compared to less than 10,000 in 2000.
  • 23 schools were supplied with safe water sources and latrines for students.
  • 3,000 students now have their births registered, meaning they have an identity in the eyes of their government and can continue their studies.
  • 7 volunteer-run reading clubs are improving literacy and encouraging community involvement in children’s education.
  • Koukane is now home to 72 primary schools, 8 middle schools, 2 high schools, 10 preschools and one vocational training school.
  • Maternal mortality rates dropped from 30/1000 to 5.9/1000 since 2000.
  • 120 community health volunteers were trained to teach families about health and nutrition, and strategies for preventing illnesses like diarrhea and malaria.
  • Immunization of children under two has increased by 63%.
  • 300 new latrines and 156 handwashing stations are improving community health and sanitation.
  • 1,581 women are members of savings groups where they can save for the future and access small loans.
  • 14 cereal banks provide food security for lean seasons.
  • 50% of families have a second source of income, compared to just 2% in 2000.
  • 100% of families have adopted good environmental conservation methods.
  • 89% of families report having access to credit, compared to just 1% in 2000.
  • 100% of families say they have a strategy for dealing with disasters.
  • The percentage of families with enough food year-round has more than doubled.
  • 60 children have been trained to detect and report cases of abuse.
  • Early marriage dropped from 60% to 13%.
  • 78% of children aged 12 to 18 have proof of identity—an increase of 54% since 2000.
  • 76% of children report participating in decisions that affect their lives, compared to essentially 0% in 2000.
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.

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current conditions

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

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Ksach Kandal,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!