Without support, children that grow up in underprivileged families will always have few options for creating a stable future for themselves. Â Often parents are focused on day-to-day subsistence and, because of a lack of education, sufficient and healthy nutrition, access to the labor market and any kind of healthcare, can offer little practical support to their children.
The families have no room to think constructively about their future. It is a entrapping situation in which children are often used as a source of income for the family. This situation then becomes cyclical, as children grow up to raise their own children with equally few options for social mobility.
To create sustainable change within communities, a structured, holistic approach, with acknowledgment of specific situations, is crucial. It is essential to develop and nurture talent and capacity within the local communities.
We support projects that create long-term opportunities with these perspectives in mind. Our focus is education and development programs. This way, underprivileged children in Southeast Asia will be able to reach their personal potential and take their futures into their own hands. ECHO carefully selects these projects based on multiple criteria.
The first two organizations we support help children find their way to an independent future filled with opportunities.
Damnok Toek is one of the few organizations in Cambodia that support children and young people with severe mental and physical disabilities. One of their projects is hosting a center for children with disability, in Phnom Penh. Soon, the center will move to Neak Loeung, Prey Veng Province. The goal is to provide children with residential and assisted-living care, access to education, and to prepare all children for family reintegration (if possible).
Children’s Action for Development (CAD) has been supporting and assisting vulnerable children and their parents in the province of Battambang (Cambodia), for over 12 years. There, families are conflicted between illegal migration to Thailand and surviving day by day. CAD provides a wide range of services, among which the supplementary education to over 360 children every day.