We work closely with community and village leaders to make sure our education centres do not exist in a vacuum, but serve to lift up the wider community. Our goal is to create a good foundation for the children in our Education Programme and opportunities for their families to develop their skills to change their own lives.
According to recent research, over 50 per cent of families in urban poor communities in Phnom Penh live on less than a dollar a day. The family’s subsistence needs often mean parents not only spend most of their time working – often leaving them with little time to care for and supervise their children – but also are forced to send their children to work. Through offering parents opportunities to learn new skills and better employment opportunities, we increase the likelihood of our students staying in school and living in a more secure and safe environment.
Socio-economic and structural barriers have left urban poor communities exposed to a number of health- and sanitation-related risks. Poor sanitation practices and facilities mean children are vulnerable to waterborne diseases. We are working to increase knowledge on better hygiene practices and improve the health and well-being of our students and their families.