Child Champions in Cambodia tell us about their country.
Cambodia is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is a tropical country where temperatures vary little throughout the year, and the diverse landscape includes forested mountains, high plateaus, coastal areas, and rice fields. Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, was once called “the pearl of the orient.” Unfortunately, the country is now more notoriously known for their “Killing Fields” because of the tragic genocide that took place during the 1970s. And despite being filled with resilient, friendly, family-oriented people, 20% of the nation’s 17.3 million citizens still suffer the effects of the past and live below the poverty line. The financial strain often leads to broken families, where children are left with aging grandparents as their parents sometimes divorce, remarry, and move away to find work.
Most of Cambodia’s poor do not have indoor plumbing or electricity, and their diet consists of mainly fish, rice, and vegetables since they are unable to afford more expensive food items. They have little access to medical care, and a great percentage cannot send their children to “free” public schools because of the extra cost of uniforms and learning supplies.
In Cambodia, education is extremely important. Education opens doors and creates opportunities for citizens to become independent, earn livable incomes, and advance themselves. It’s truly the key to a better life. However, the past civil war that damaged the country’s infrastructure means that the educational system is still poor today due to corruption and a lack of vision. So, offering children the chance to attend school is one the best ways to bring hope to this hard place.
Plus, compared to other countries in the region, Cambodia has a young population, which provides a great opening for sharing about God. OneChild is uniquely positioned to impact the lives of Cambodia’s children and help them move beyond the horrors of the past and into a brighter future.
Cambodia Hope Centers
Children living in rural Cambodia have the most difficulty gaining access to medical care and education. Because of this location-based disadvantage, they are more vulnerable to being trafficked or abused than children in urban settings where there is a concentration of medical and educational resources provided by the government. For this reason, OneChild focuses on serving these outlying areas, contextualizing their program to best meet the unique needs of these children. In partnership with local churches, OneChild ensures that they have access to good nutrition and quality schooling, giving them a reason to HOPE.
With the generosity of sponsors and donors, teachers and Child Champions working in Hope Centers receive the support and teaching aids they need to keep students safe, healthy, and engaged. They provide children with the uniforms, school supplies, and nutritional supplements their caregivers would not otherwise be able to afford and give the next generation a chance to heal from the longstanding effects of war, poverty, and family dysfunction.
We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.
Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)