Phnom Srok Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

Three savings groups were established, providing 43 people with access to interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for business ventures, health and education expenses, and emergencies. 48 village health support groups and health center staff were trained in the importance of seeking prenatal and postnatal care and breastfeeding babies to prevent malnutrition. They shared what they learned with 723 people in 27 villages. 189 malnourished children and their mothers participated in community nutrition programs, which teach caregivers how to prepare the nutritious foods their children need to grow and thrive. 50 healthcare volunteers and health center staff were trained in a community-based approach to preventing and managing childhood illnesses. They reached 1,439 people with information to protect the health of mothers and children, contributing to 85 percent of children under age 2 being fully immunized and 90 percent of pregnant women giving birth at a health facility. 18 water and sanitation groups were set up and trained to maintain water sources and to raise awareness of healthy hygiene and sanitation practices. Through these groups, five new wells were built and 12 wells were repaired, providing 425 adults and 310 children with clean water. 49 teachers were trained in improved teaching methods and classroom management and 45 teachers were trained in education law and codes of conduct. We also supported weekly teachers meetings at five schools to help teachers strengthen the quality of education. 38 Parent Teacher Association members were trained to support and monitor local schools and to engage parents in their children's education. 21 school directors and 29 teachers received training to help them start student councils at their schools. They launched student councils at 20 schools and trained 148 students to plan and participate in school events and monitor school attendance. 317 families affected by flooding received training and supplies to help them start raising chickens and growing rice for food and a source of income. Through awareness sessions held with local teachers and police, 263 students learned about child rights and child protection—including what to do if someone they know is abused or exploited. 89 youth volunteered to help facilitate our children's clubs, hosting monthly meetings for more than 2,000 children. Children's clubs promote healthy hygiene, moral values, and more through fun, engaging activities. We helped build two children's club centers where boys and girls can play and socialize in a safe, nurturing environment.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Protection|

Locations

  • Cambodia>Banteay Meanchey

Sectors

  • Education
  • Health

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