Care for Cambodia (Ultra-trail d’Ankor) Projects
Cambodia has come through tremendous turmoil, starting in the 1970s with the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime and the legacy this regime left behind. It is a particularly poor country with a significant unemployment rate.
The major economic challenge for Cambodia over the next decade will be fashioning an economic environment in which the private sector can create enough jobs to handle Cambodia’s demographic imbalance. More than 50% of the population is less than 25 years old – compared to around 25% in UK – and these youths will need a means of earning in order to support themselves.
The population lacks education and productive skills, particularly in the poverty-ridden countryside, which suffers from an almost total lack of basic infrastructure.
CFC works to achieve its vision through three inter-related and mutually supporting parts:
Around 3,500 children, aged 5 to 16, receive daily supplementary education in our village projects. The children come from poor families for whom lack of finance is a significant barrier to the educating of their children. Our programme assists children by providing additional classes that supplement the government education that they receive. Classes in English, Khmer, Mathematics, Health and Hygiene, and Child Protection are offered.
Children don’t stay children for long. They quickly grow up and require help and support in different ways. The Youth project helps young people as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Each youth project brings local young people together for sport, life skills training, community volunteer work and English classes. Exceptional and hard-working young people can apply for one of our skills or university scholarships.
The Family Project provides training in a variety of disciplines that aim towards community development and empowerment: for example, agricultural techniques and parenting skills. CfC also assist families in developing small business through the establishment of community savings schemes. Farmers, taxi drivers and small shop owners have been given a ‘foot up’ through this scheme.