Ponleu Knong Chet

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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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: 

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.
  • 2,089 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 1,234 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 51 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 68 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 12 survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 1,257 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 49 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 339 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 238 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 229 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 689 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 2,060 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 103 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 8,899 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens               
  • 12 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 736 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

*This data reflects achievements in Children of Hope and two nearby communities, funded in partnership with World Vision Australia​
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.

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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

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.