Goals: CHAB aims to improve physical, intellectual and emotional development of the lives of disadvantaged Cambodian vulnerable children in Northeast of Siem Reap. Its specific goals as follow:
n Providing children with access to children health care.
n Giving children opportunity to enjoy and appreciate their childhoods.
n Providing education to participating communities and promoting the value of children.
n Improving the general quality of life of vulnerable children through nutritional and social education, and teaching families and communities to live sustainably, promoting respect and equality.
n Breaking cycle of poverty by increasing standards of living through education and vocational training skills.
Cambodia has a usually young population (53% are under 25 years old). Despite high rates of economic growth employment prospects remain poor, and youth in urban and rural areas are vulnerable to the destructive influences of gang violence, widespread access to hardcore pornography and the proliferation of drug and alcohol abuse. Nevertheless there is exciting evidence that, when empowered, young are becoming an increasingly important catalyst for change in Cambodia.
n Our approach: Through our work in community we seek to foster an environment in which adults in the community mentor and support youth and children in a way that mobilize and engages the whole community. Key aspects of our approach include:
n Use of digital media in a way that inspires youth, that helps them engage meaningfully in feedback and learning loops that drive awareness and improvement, and that enables youth to connect with each other and multiply their impact.
n Encouraging youth to be active participants in the development of their community by translating needs and issues into media that create community discussion and enable tracking of progress.
n Creating sustainability by equipping young people as responsive, connected citizens with the identity, capacity and confidence to make a difference.
In Cambodia significant numbers of children are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, neglect and other forms of violence. Over 1.6 million children 5-17 years old are in child labour, majority of which are believed to have been trafficked (85 percent of children migrating to Phnom Penh are seeking job). At least 200 under-aged girls enter into sex industry per year. High percentages of boys and girls have experienced domestic violence. Street children and children living in institutions are also vulnerable. These issues are compounded by problems with inadequate social services (1 district social worker to 25,000 people), police enforcement and judicial systems in handling cases that involve children.
We recognize that effective protection of children requires a system of coordinated formal and informal elements working together to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and other forms of violence against children. We work with partners at different levels to seek to strengthen the Cambodian child protection system with the aim of seeing:
n Greater prevention of abuse through positive community attitudes and behaviors.
n More effective protection of vulnerable children through community based mechanisms and child-focused policies.
n More profound restoration of survivors of abuse through community-based restorative care.