Saang'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 Saang (pronounced saw-ung) community is located in a rural area near Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. The community is home to nearly 4,000 families. Some people live along the Basac River, where they fish and grow vegetables, while others live in the lowlands and grow rice. Temperatures are always hot, and there are dry and wet seasons.

Houses in Saang are constructed of wood, with straw, tile, or zinc roofs. Gravel roads are accessible by car, bicycle, and motorbike. Many villagers migrate seasonally to Phnom Penh to seek work in construction and thereby increase their family income. There is a strong sense of community in Saang, but communication with the outside world is a challenge because of the local lack of technology.
  • 3,350 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 2 schools were upgraded to provide a better learning environment for students.
  • 121 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 18 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 54 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases.
  • 54 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health.
  • 65 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy.
  • 783 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases.
  • 2,608 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health.
  • 457 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
  • 4,500 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources.
  • 1,600 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 35 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses.
  • 754 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans.
  • 150 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families.
  • 3,580 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.

Explore Saang

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 Saang

There are schools in the Saang community, but teachers have limited resources and training. It is difficult for some parents to understand the value of an education for their children or to afford the school fees. As a result, many children attend school sporadically or leave altogether because they are required to work to support their families.

Early marriage for Cambodian girls is common, which contributes further to the high dropout rate in the community. In fact, only half of the youth in Saang attend secondary school.

People living in the Saang community regularly experience food shortages, particularly between the months of September and November. This is due to decreasing crop yields, caused in turn by depleted soil, outdated farming techniques, insect infestations, unstable weather, and changes in market prices.

Water and Sanitation
Although many families have access to wells, arsenic from groundwater sometimes seeps into these sources, making the water undrinkable. If consumed, the contamination in the water can lead to skin disease and cancer. Few families have been trained in proper hygiene techniques, and even fewer have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Just 17% of households have proper latrines.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Saang,  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.