25% of the population of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, reside in zones considered slums, and 30% among them live below the poverty line. The most precarious families are single mothers, young parents, migrant workers…

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A mother and her son participate in the cleaning of drainage site.

During the floods at the end of the monsoon, the situation is terrible: temporary shelters crumble, diseases run rampant, and children drown. Initiated in 2016, in response to this persistent horror, our work with extremely poor families in these unsanitary and precarious regions continues to grow. 

Always based on our methodology of individualized social counseling for families, we embarked on a vast 3-year program to help 300 vulnerable families find lasting solutions to their problems, including not only administrative procedures, access to education and care as well as economic empowerment, but also hygiene problems and risks associated with climatic hazards. In order to improve housing while allowing the beneficiaries to recover the materials acquired in case of eviction, customized kits will be developed for 150 of the most vulnerable families. More complete renovations are planned for 15 additional houses.  

Our objective is to implement, at least, a collective project in each of the 8 districts where residents themselves will be the agents of change: supported by our teams, they will design their own projects for access to municipal water supply and rainwater drainage system. 

In the end, the life conditions of children in these precarious districts will be transformed in the long run.  

Results of the pilot project (October 2017 – June 2018)

  • 129 vulnerable families followed-up
  • 11 drainage system installed
  • 1180 residents educated on the importance of hygiene
  • 141 residents trained in entrepreneurship

 

November 8, 2018