SIEM REAP & CAMBODIA
Cambodia is a nation with a rich cultural history, though its current population has been hugely affected by recent wars, famine and the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime under Pol Pot. An estimated 2 million people (approximately a quarter of the population) were killed and the specific targeting of doctors, lawyers and teachers as well as foreign immigrants and a return to 11th Century agricultural models all but destroyed the Cambodian economy. Further political instability and civil war in the 1980s stalled recovery from the genocide until stability was restored in the form of a multi-party democracy underneath a constitutional monarchy in the early 1990s.
UNICEF has designated Cambodia as the third most land-mined country in the world resulting in over 60,000 deaths and countless thousands more injuries since 1970. Most of the victims are children herding animals or playing in the fields. Though health indicators are generally improving, in some regions of Cambodia 22.9% of infants die before age 5. As with many countries in the region, HIV rates are growing, with an estimated 75,000 adults (0.8%) of the population living with the virus in 2008.
HONOUR VILLAGE CAMBODIA provides a home, education and loving care to 17 children who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to live with their birth relatives at this time. Our aim is to integrate them to their families where possible, and so far over 30 children have been successfully returned to the care of their relatives, with appropriate support and regular monitoring. We employ both able-bodied and physically disabled people on our staff team. Every member of staff utilises his/her gifts and strengths and receives ongoing training in caring for children who have been in extreme need.
Honour Village Cambodia also offers free education to all the surrounding village children five days a week who join us to play and learn both Khmer, English, basic maths and computer studies, with over 300 children from the commune enrolled in our activities. This education is in addition to their regular enrolment at government-run primary and secondary schools.