You empower young women in rural Cambodia through education.
Four things you need to know about Cambodian Kids Can and what your support achieves.
- We believe education changes everything.
- Mekhala house runs a comprehensive child development program for the most vulnerable young girls.
- Mekhala Learning Centre is a fre centre for the community where we run computer classes, CV workshops. In fact over 350 young people have attended classes.
- We run the largest library in Prey Veng.
Thanks to you young women in Cambodia are receiving the education they deserve.
You can get involved and change young womens lives today.
Our Programs & Initiatives that you fund.
With CKC you support two projects located in the rural province of Prey Veng.
- Mekhala House is dedicated to providing education and development opportunities to girls who are at-risk or orphaned. Our aim is to empower the girls so they can improve their lives and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Find out how you can empower these girls.
- Mekhala Learning is a school offering free computer, internet and English lessons for high school and university students from poor, underprivileged families. Find out more about how you can get involved with the learning center.
Cambodian Kids Can
Cambodian Kids Can is run entirely by volunteers with 100% of raised funds, from you, going directly towards children’s welfare, education and community projects with in the Prey Veng province.
Cambodian Kids Can has a board of up to 10 people based in Melbourne and is registered as a company so our organisation is bound by ASIC and Australian Company Law. Our financial records (including those of FDCC) are audited annually by KPMG.
One of Cambodia’s largest rice producing regions, Prey Veng is a highly populated agricultural area that’s vulnerable to natural disasters and in which over 50% of its population lives in poverty.
Children in Prey Veng are threatened by the sex trade, child labour, poverty and malnutrition while inadequate sanitation and polluted drinking water have contributed to a child mortality rate well above the national average.
In rural areas like Prey Veng children in poverty are typically forced to give up school to work in the rice fields, sometimes as young as 8 years old. For a child with no education they are consigned to a life of poverty, with little opportunity to improve their life. There is also a gender inequity in accessing education. If a poor family is forced to choose, girls are often made to work to support a family while boys are encouraged to stay in school.
While orphan boys are generally provided opportunities to live in the temples and be cared for the Buddhist monks, there is no similar social infrastructure to support girls who remain at higher risk of being forced into prostitution to survive.
Since 2005 CKC has provided quality education and intensive support programs to children in Cambodia so they can build a better future for themselves and their communities by realising their full potential.
CKC is an Australian registered charity that works directly with Foundation for Developing Cambodian Communities (FDCC), a non-profit organisation registered under Statute of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
FDCC is responsible for delivery of the project in Cambodia and all staff are local Cambodians. CKC is responsible for sourcing funding and its directors have an important role building the capacity of the FDCC staff through mentorship and collaboration, which includes regular visits to Cambodia.