World Vision Hong Kong in Cambodia (2016)

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After many years of war and internal conflict, Cambodia is gradually emerging from its turbulent past. The country achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving its poverty rate, and with economic improvement, poverty is expected to continue to decline over the next few years. Health and education are two development priorities for the country such as ensuring children under five are nourished, children complete secondary education, and communities have access to water supply and improved sanitation.

World Vision first entered Cambodia in 1970, in response to the Cambodian government’s international appeals for assistance, but was forced to leave later during the Khmer Rouge period.  Access was regained in 1979 and our presence has continued since. Today, World Vision is operating 47 Area Development Programmes (ADPs) in Cambodia.

In 2016, World Vision Hong Kong contributed approximately HK$34.27 million to support 7 ADPs and 3 other projects in Cambodia, benefiting over 188,340 people.

2016 Work Highlights

Area Development Programme

Education

  • Over 7,653 children received targeted interventions to improve their reading competency
  • About 46 School Support Committees received capacity building training to strengthen their roles and responsibilities
  • 68 student councils were trained and are involved in school development plans, resources mobilisation and leading students in various activities
Healthcare
  • Over 300 mothers learned better sanitation practices, cooking nutritious food for children, caring for children suffering from diarrhoea; about 190 malnourished children gained weight after the intervention
  • Around 230 Village Health Support Groups were trained in antenatal and postnatal care
  • Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach was introduced in 45 villages to change defecation habits
Economic Development
  • Almost 900 most vulnerable families benefited from livelihood training to increase income
  • 14 savings groups were formed to provide members access to loans to improve agricultural activities and support children’s education
Child Protection
  • More than 800 parents, caregivers, youths and local authorities received child protection related training on topics such as parenting skills, personal safety, domestic violence and child protection policy
Funding (HK$): 32,334,000; No. of Beneficiaries: 176,710

Street Children Project

  • Facilitated communication between community and local government to improve social services for street children and families
  • Provided informal education and mobile libraries to help bring street children back to school
  • Provided career counselling, job placement, vocational skill support and career guidance workshops to older street children and parents
Funding (HK$): 1,074,000; No. of Beneficiaries: 3,380

Youth Empowerment Project

  • Strengthened the capacity of 78 Youth Groups with a total of 1,520 young people on project planning, project management and youth development
  • Facilitated Youth Groups to organise district-level youth forums to promote dialogue and sharing child-related issues and community development successes and challenges
  • Supported youths on vocational and business skills, as well as coaching youth groups on running their small businesses
Funding (HK$): 88,000; No. of Beneficiaries: 5,480

VisionFund

  • Provided microloan services for about 530 families to expand/improve their businesses, indirectly benefiting about 1,700 children
Funding (HK$): 778,000; No. of Beneficiaries: 2,770

Total Funding (HK$): 34,274,000; Total No. of Beneficiaries: 188,340

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