Friday, October 10, 2008

Christian Children's Fund expands work in Cambodia

Cambodia has been in the news a lot recently. It's a country where 1 in 3 people live in poverty. On top of that, the nation's poverty line is quite low, only 45 cents a day.

The World Bank recently announced emergency aid to the country to combat rising prices of everything. Now, aid organizations follow suit. Christian Children's Fund has announced a new project that is in cooperation with Australia's Child Fund. The snippet comes from their press release.

from Christian Children's Fund
The project, which officially launched Oct. 8, is in the Svay Yea Community Development in the Svay Chrum district of Svay Rieng province, 78 miles from Cambodia’s capital.

About 92 percent of the area’s households live without toilets and more than 43 percent have to boil water before using it for drinking. More than 61,000, or nearly 40 percent, of Svay Chrum’s population is under the age of 17. Less than 50 percent of pre-school aged children attend kindergarten.

To help combat this, the new program includes constructing primary schools. Kindergartens will be established at each community-based primary school. Teachers will be locally recruited, mentored and trained.

Svay Yea Community Development will establish child clubs to give children life skills training and opportunities to explore and develop their sporting, cultural, musical and artistic talents. Children and youth will receive leadership training to increase their voice in their community.

Christian Children's Fund is another one of our favorite NGO's Here is a link to their website.

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