In Cambodia, poverty breaks up families. The vast majority of orphanages in Cambodia are made up not just of orphans in the traditional sense, but also of children from poor families. There are many cases in which children are removed from their families simply because of financial hardship.
Many children from desperately poor families are placed in institutional care just so that they can receive an education, access to medical care, and better nutrition. At CCT we provide these necessities while ensuring that the children stay with their parents and that the family unit remains intact. We help children with parents to stay with their families by supporting the family as a unit and helping them to obtain financial security, safe housing and access to health care.
The CCT Family Outreach Programme primarily targets three different types of families:
- Poor families who need a 'new start'. The parents in these families are able-bodied but unskilled and are without a stable income. We can help these families through our 'New Start Programme'. We assist them to become skilled in a vocation of their choosing, and then help them to find employment. Throughout this process we assist them to find secure housing for their family, enable their kids to enroll in school and ensure their access to quality healthcare.
- Vulnerable families who require long-term support. These families are mostly comprised of single mothers, grandparents looking after grandchildren, or parents with disabilities. CCT supports these families by providing them with an ongoing subsidy. This enables the children to stay with their families and connected to their communities, while still having access to the best possible education and healthcare.
- Struggling families living in the local Battambang slums. Many of these families have been living in slums for generations and know no other way of life. These communities are unsafe and expose the children to high risks of trafficking, drugs, prostitution, family breakdown, and numerous health risks. We provide these families with regular counselling, crisis support, and medical care. This support for the family unit enables their children to not only enroll in school, but stay in school. The ultimate aim for these families is to get them into vocational training or long term employment, and move the family away from the dangers of the slum environment.