Children at Risk Nutritional Food Program - Year 6
Human Dev Index:#146 (Aus #5)
This project supports three organisations working with children at extreme risk, supplying them with nutrient-enriched food. By improving their nutrition, the health of the children will improve, and our implementing partners are able to take their scarce resources and use it for further support for the children, or to provide them with other, needed items. We have funded this project for several years, and now wish to increase the number of children we will feed through each organisation. We have seen the impact of this program and want to help more needy children.
Why support this
There are many street children in Phnom Penh who are vulnerable to trafficking and sexual exploitation. Our local partners look after children in three different locations and currently supply over 600 children a week with enriched food sources and safe play spaces, counseling, and, where possible, rescue from terrible situations. This feeding program provides fortified soy milk from a social enterprise run by a NZ businessman. He is providing work for 35 local people, who receive training in running a production facility. They manufacture quality vitamin enriched soy products with added spirulina and nutrients, as well as corn snacks. With a sustainable supply of quality food, the children will develop stronger immune systems, improved neurological capacity and have less eye problems (caused by a lack of nutrition).
The budget is USD40,222 per year over two years (this works out to Australian $55,230 at an exchange rate of AUD0.73:1USD). This will supply nutritional food to 210 children five days a week and 330 children once a week.
- An entire generation is missing in Cambodia due to the 3 million adults and children killed by Pol Pot in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
- Dysfunctional families and many orphans are the legacy.
- Providing food, housing, education and genuine care for these children is a huge need in this nation.
- As a result of this, there are a number of children either living on the street, or who are at risk of human trafficking and abuse.
- Their family situation provides less than adequate care and supervision, they do not often attend school, nor do they receive adequate shelter, clothes or food.
- It is these children our partners are working with, trying to help them before the situation becomes worse.
Expected Life Change
- Healthy children given love and attention in a safe and caring environment for at least part of every week.
- 35 Cambodians are employed and given quality training in production and good business practices, as they manufacture the health food products.
- Minimise the risk of serious long-term medical problems – caused by bad nutrition and maximises educational possibilities