World Vision celebrates moments in its 70-year history when staff glimpsed God’s hand in key breakthroughs, resulting in life-saving impact. Seven stand out.
Why World Vision is in Cambodia
Child survival, nutrition, and school enrollment are up in Cambodia in 2019, and child labor is down significantly. In recent years the Cambodian government has made strides to end child labor and improve safety, but because the country has one of the highest rates of slavery in the world, children there continue to be vulnerable to domestic violence and exploitation. Cambodian farmers need seasonal rains to water their crops, but the weather often brings damaging storms and floods as well. In 2019, over ten thousand homes were destroyed by natural disasters, most notably the flooding of the Mekong River. Crops and livestock were lost, and roads were damaged. And due to Cambodia’s inadequate sanitation infrastructure, survivors were left with contaminated water supplies that spread illness. The generosity of donors has improved services for 2.8 million people. Sanitation and hygiene has been a major point of emphasis. People in underserved rural villages have thousands of new, covered latrines. Thousands of children have learned critical hygiene skills like handwashing, and the availability of clean drinking water is rapidly expanding.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Cambodia
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- World Vision led trainings on positive discipline methods and equipped parents with tools to discipline their children in a healthy way.
- Children's rights are being actively monitored in Cambodia. Child protection committees were formed in several communities to advocate for child safety. As necessary, the committees provided training and resources to help care for children and discipline them in a positive and productive way.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- More women gave birth in health care facilities in Cambodia. Additionally, mothers were trained on how to prepare nutritious meals for their kids using local and fresh ingredients. Altogether children are benefitting from more timely healthcare and healthier meals.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Reading camps were a key aspect of students' success in Cambodia. The extra support helped students have access to resources to improve their literacy.
- In Cambodia, student are seeing their classrooms transformed for the better. New resources and training for teachers improved their school environments in marked ways, giving students new opportunities to advance their educations.
Prayer Requests from Cambodia
World Vision's staff in Cambodia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For protection of health and continued preventive measures in the face of COVID-19.
For safety on the roads, which are becoming more dangerous.
For clean water, which makes better sanitation and hygiene possible during the dry season.
News from Cambodia
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