Children Of Hope

Children Of Hope's Community News

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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.
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.
Child Protection
  • 655 children participated in child protection activities
  • 98 community key partners  participated in the consultative meetings        
  • 143 children participated in nutrition technical program activities
Community Development
  • 880 households now have legal documents for land tenure
  • 13 constructive dialogues took place between communities, government, and other related stakeholders on land tenure issues
  • 6 micro-projects were run by community groups
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with neighboring communities and in partnership with other World Vision offices.

Explore Children Of Hope

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 Children Of Hope

Health Care
On average, almost half of the residents of Children of Hope suffer from some kind of illness, which affects people's ability to work. Currently, the nearest health centre is located outside Phnom Penh and is often understaffed, without enough medicine or resources to treat members of the community. When children or adults are ill, they either do not seek medical treatment or do not receive proper care when they do.

Children often face a shortage of nutritious food and suffer from malnourishment in Children of Hope. Parents are often unable to provide regular meals for their families. Many children are lucky to eat one full meal a day, which leaves them very weak and in poor health, sometimes to the extent that they are too weak to eat even when food is available.

The Children of Hope community has been significantly impacted by HIV and AIDS. Cambodia is known for its large number of brothels and rampant prostitution, and it now has the highest HIV and AIDS rate in Asia. In reality, the rate is probably even higher than what's reported, because those affected are often unaware of their condition, or reluctant to receive treatment.

There is little education available for children and community members about HIV and AIDS prevention. Most people don't know how the disease is spread or how to protect themselves. When parents become ill and can no longer provide for their families, children often receive little or no support from their community. Currently, there are over 100 orphans and vulnerable children living in the Children of Hope community.

Child Protection
Children face dangerous situations every day in Children of Hope. Ineffective law enforcement, minimal understanding of children's rights, and a lack of community-based child protection networks mean that children are often unprotected.

Child prostitution, trafficking, and labour issues affect more than 75% of the children living in the community. More than half of children say they know another child who has been raped.

Children often have to work to help provide for their families. Unable to attend school, they are forced to work long, hard hours for little pay in dangerous brick factories and wood shops, as porters at the docks, or as domestic help. Low wages mean that families are not able to support their children's education, and so the cycle of child labour and poverty continues.

Water and Sanitation
Safe drinking water is almost impossible to find in many areas of the community. Disadvantaged families cannot pay the necessary fees to have clean water brought into their homes, and so their only choice is to drink contaminated water, often from the Tonle Sap River. Children often become ill from drinking dirty water.

Only 50% of households have their own latrines and the community lacks drainage systems. When the rainy season comes, homes often flood, resulting in the further spread of waterborne diseases among children.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Children Of Hope,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.