Our partners work in eight slums in Phnom Penh with families and children not yet in school. They follow these children through their full circle, which for some is to University and beyond. This project is part of our partner’s Education Program and provides activity centres that provide tuition and catch-up classes in Khmer and basic Mathematics as well as time and space for children to do their homework and participate in other classes (English, Computer, Art, Music & Sport). A fifth activity centre is in the start-up phase and will be operational by mid-year.
What we like about it:
This program is more than just supporting poor children to start school. Our partners are excited about the young adults they have invested in who are now finding their calling in life, growing in leadership and, in turn, mentoring more slum-living kids and inspiring them to walk the same journey. Significant time goes into identifying kids from difficult backgrounds (slum living, street children, exploited or abandoned children) and facilitating them into education, fostering a love for it and inspiring them to see a future beyond their wildest dreams. The Full Circle Education project is the first step in seeing slum children become leaders.
$30,000. This covers teacher costs, books and materials and the cost of rent and utilities for the four, soon to be five, activity centres.
Cambodia is still recovering from the Pol Pot regime. Over 50% of the population is under 24 years old, and family structures have been extremely damaged. Poverty further undermines family support with many adults working away from home, leaving children to be raised by grandparents who are themselves busy trying to earn enough to feed the family. Children living in the slums are not supported to attend school, or encouraged to dream of a better future. Alcoholism, drug use and gambling addiction further remove what little adult input children could expect. Research suggests that 25% of Phnom Penh’s inhabitants live in low-income settlements, or slums.