Ponleu Knong Chet'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

The urban community of Ponleu Knong Chet is located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. Most families earn income as gardeners, labourers, and garment factory workers, but many people struggle to find steady employment. Most community members have migrated here from around the country, making land ownership a prominent issue. The rainy season is another challenge, as it can cause floods and worsen sanitation conditions. The most disadvantage families struggle to access basic necessities, such as safe housing, health care, and food.
  • 471 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 367 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 133 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling.
  • 7 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover.
  • 27 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 705 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 862 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 153 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms.
  • 1 school was upgraded to provide a better learning environment for students.
  • 80 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication.
  • 1,962 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases.
  • 1,962 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health.
  • 832 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 2,171 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health.
  • 2,806 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
  • 1 water source is providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases.
  • 1,479 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 7 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses.
  • 181 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans.
  • 120 youth were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling.
  • 767 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Build networks that promote the value of education for children.
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Reduce rates of malnutrition and childhood illness.
  • Teach parents and caregivers about good nutrition and the management of common child illnesses.
Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Teach parents and caregivers about the importance of good sanitation and hygiene, as well as behaviours that promote water safety.
Economic Development
To ensure parents in Ponleu Knong Chet can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Establish income-generating activities to provide families with safer, healthier means of making a living.

Explore Ponleu Knong Chet

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 Ponleu Knong Chet

Classrooms in Ponleu Knong Chet are crowded and school fees are often unaffordable for families. Many parents send their children to work instead of school so that they can supplement family income. Teachers have limited access to teaching and learning materials and are not always paid. There are no secondary schools in the community, so children who want to continue in school must travel great distances.

Health Care
Families in the community lack access to health care and nutritional information, and there are few health centres in the area. 14% of children in the community suffer from chronic malnutrition.

HIV and AIDS pose a challenge to the community because of the high rates of sexually transmitted infections and high-risk behaviours, like drug use and prostitution, as well as the migration of seasonal workers. Discrimination against people living with HIV or AIDS is widespread, while care and treatment programs are inadequate.

Water and Sanitation
Many families in Ponleu Knong Chet lack access to safe water. Households often resort to using contaminated lake water for their basic needs, and few have access to proper toilets. Poor sanitation practices lead to the spread of preventable illnesses, such as diarrhea.

Economic Development
Almost all work available in Ponleu Knong Chet is unskilled labour performed in harsh conditions for low pay. Among the most vulnerable workers are the scrap collectors, who make up about 12% of the population. These individuals work in trash dumps and earn less than $1 a day.

Rural people migrating to the city often find themselves living in the community, and their lack of skills, capital, and education makes it nearly impossible to escape the cycle of poverty.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Ponleu Knong Chet,  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.