The Challenge

In the 20th 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.


  1. According to the World Bank in 2015, Cambodia had a population of more than 15.58 million and 35% of them lived below the poverty line with a daily income of HKD20 or less.
  2. 40% of the population are from 0 to 19; at least 220,000 school-age children are out-of-school.
  3. 30 to 50% of people aged from 18 to 50 are illiterate or semi-illiterate.

Our Response



Case sharing

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.Ai??


The 9-year-old girl Mary(pseudonyms) was one of them. essay help online ai???I went to the refuse station with my mum every morning so that we could collect and sell the unwanted plastic bottles, cans and other things. That was the only way to survive,ai??? she recalled. Mary lives near a refuse station with her family. She Here,,,,,,,,,,,,, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here. was too poor to go to school and had to scavenge with her mother. The poor living environment also caused hygiene problems therefore she was often sick.


Mary’s parents were persuaded by us 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. ai???Iai??i??m really happy. I enjoy studying and being with my friends. Teachers are caring. Everything here is way better than refuse stations!ai??? she said. Mary will continue her studies in a public school. Her mother came to realise that education is important to Mary’s development, ai???Iai??i??m proud of my daughter. I hope education gives her a better


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