Children at Risk Nutritional Food Program - Year 4, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Human Dev Index:#146 (Aus #5)
This project aims to support two organisations working with children at extreme risk by 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 outreach to the children, or to provide them with other, much needed items.
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 two different locations and current supplies over 100 children on a weekly basis with enriched food sources as well as providing them with safe play spaces, counselling, and where possible, rescue from terrible situations. This feeding program uses products from a Soy Milk factory run by a NZ businessman. He is providing work for 35 local people, who will receive training in running a production facility. They manufacture quality vitamin enriched soy products as well as corn snacks, with added spirulina and nutrients. With a sustainable supply of quality food, the children will develop improved immune systems, will have less eye problems (caused by a lack of nutrition) and benefit through increased general health and well-being.
- 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 that has been left.
- 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