Children Of Hope

Children Of Hope'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: 2017

The Children of Hope community is located near Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. The community experiences both the intensity of urban crowding and the challenges of a rural environment, which is swampy for much of the year.

There are two seasons in Children of Hope: the dry season that runs from November to May, and the rainy season from May to October. During the rainy season, tropical monsoons occur regularly, bringing damp winds from the Gulf of Thailand and sometimes intense flooding. Many homes are built on stilts to keep the simple shelters off the marshy ground.

Family income is often very low, and parents cannot afford to meet their families basic needs. People earn less than $1.25 per day, which is less than half the average income in the city. Those with jobs often work in poor conditions.

Half the population works in the swamps planting water spinach, while others are labourers in dangerous occupations. The most disadvantaged parents spend long days combing the garbage dumps for any usable scraps, often with the help of their children.
Child Protection
  • 1 child survivor of trafficking received support to heal and be reintegrated into the community
  • 1 child was rescued from early marriage thanks to the child protection systems established by the community
  • 1,508 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation

  • 1,567 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 122 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 759 people were counselled on how to properly care for mothers and babies during and after pregnancy
  • 885 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished

  • 140 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 7 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 4,619 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018; This data reflects achievements in Children of Hope and two nearby communities, in partnership with World Vision Australia​
Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve families access to health care and immunization for their children.
  • Provide enhanced treatment of common diseases.

In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Provide education to parents on preparing a balanced diet using locally available nutritious foods.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on preventing the spread of HIV.
  • Improve community-led care for orphans and chronically ill people.
  • Establish income-generating projects for orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate community members on children's rights, especially their right to an education.
  • Establish educational supports for vulnerable children.
  • Support the community to advocate against forced child labour. Initiate community-led counseling and trauma recovery for children.
  • Promote community-led action against child exploitation and abuse.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Promote improved sanitation and hygiene behaviours to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.
  • Increase the number of latrines and clean water sources that families can access.