Education Sponsorship in Phnom Penh
Nearly one billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their name. Cambodia’s functional literacy rate is 37.1%. Many people without skills, job training, and education are trapped in cycles of poverty and exploitation. Countless Cambodian families rely on their children to earn an income and support their needs. As a result, children often are forced into begging, collecting recyclables, or scavenging, making them targets for abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. The outcome is another generation of unskilled and uneducated people. Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty that leads to exploitation. Education is empowerment.
In street communities many children are not currently receiving an education. Even though public school is free, the cost of uniforms, school supplies, and tutor hours makes it difficult for most families to afford.
Our program supports children living in the slums and street dwelling communities. It offers children access to education by providing school supplies, uniforms, and transportation to and from school. In addition, it also covers dental exams and treatment, hygiene kits, haircuts, and a birth certificate for each child.
Our program is a method of preventing exploitation. It gives children the tools they need for job opportunities in the future and the ability to break the cycle of poverty.