Child Poverty in Cambodia

Child poverty in Cambodia is not very different to other underdeveloped countries.  However, I wanted to let you have a feel for what a friend of mine is doing in Cambodia. So I have used this week to take a section from her newsletter to show you what she is looking to achieve in helping these children.  Some of us talk about doing and some of us do.

More good news! Remember the brick factory boy? He earns 6000 reils per shift which is about 80p a day. I am happy to say my first Community School at Snaay L’or is taking shape and will be opening in his village for 2 hours a day, 6 days a week.

He and his friends at the factory are going to be offered priority places and I’m hoping this will mean he can get a safer, cleaner job in the future. Many of the children lose their hands or whole arms or are killed due to the extreme danger of the machines and the hot and heavy work. Small children are expected to carry stacks of 12 bricks at a time.

So what are the costs? Set up costs for a school for 20 children in two classes of Beginners and Intermediate is $980 to Include:

White board, marker pens etc, Text books, note books and stationery, Power supply – inc a meter so the power cost is accurate, Matting (they sit on the ground), Second hand lap top, Supervision and basic training for the teacher, Travel to the community, Signage for School and for Sponsors, Tee shirts for the kids – after they have completed 6 months, Assessing the most needy children and awarding places, Launching the school – small gifts and photos for the children and parents

Annual running costs are $1500 to include wages, power, reporting, stationery, books, art supplies, Director expenses such as petrol to and from the project.

It’s important that the full years expenses are raised before the set up of the school so we know it’ll be supported. Better still if both lots of money are raised (for the set up and running costs) by a single group… then 8 months after the launch of the school. The group who have set up the school can decide on an annual donation from each person or another agreed fund raiser for the following year to ensure the next year is covered. The worst thing that could happen is the children are let down due to lack of funding.

Besides having the group’s name on the school, you will be sent news and photos when possible. And if you ever want to visit Cambodia, the children would be thrilled to meet you and you will be made very welcome!

She has a Facebook page which you could ‘Like’ to help spread her word.  Just click on the highlighted area or go to

Thanks in advance