Saang

The needs in Saang

Education
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.

Food
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 This is due to decreasing crop yields, caused in turn by depleted soil, outdated farming techniques, insect infestations, unstable weather, and changes in market prices.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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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: 


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.
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.
  • 121 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 552 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
  • 45 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 121 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 290 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 33 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 799 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 36 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 1,040 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy               

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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

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.