In the 21st century, Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. Children are directly influenced by widespread poverty and the lack of social resources, many are forced onto the streets and are exposed to different threats such as human and drug trafficking, forced prostitution, physical and sexual abuse, drug abuse and chronic malnutrition.
Early Childhood Care & Education
Education through Technology
Education for Children with Disability
Promote Reading through Mobile Library
Bringing Children back to School
Education for Children at Risk
Many children have to give up their studies to make ends meet by picking up garbage, begging or selling things. They are not only stripped of their right to education but also exposed to dangers on the streets. It is not unusual to see school-age children waiting at the refuse stations every day. A bunch of children would throng to the refuse collection vehicle because those plastic bottles and cans are their source of income and the only hope of survival.
Mary’s parents were persuaded by AEA and decided to let Mary receive formal education in the Street Children’s Centre. Now she can study literature, mathematics, and science, increase her knowledge of health care and have regular body checks. “I’m really happy. I enjoy studying and being with my friends. Teachers are caring. Everything here is way better than refuse stations!” she said. Mary will continue her studies in a public school. Her mother came to realize that education is important to Mary’s development, “I feel proud of my daughter. I hope education gives her a better future.”