Why do we need a Youth Centre?
The kids that live in the local slums in Battambang are at risk of falling through the gaps of support provided by NGOs. These kids don’t need to be taken into CCT's Foster Care Programme because they have families. Unfortunately, these families are often dysfunctional in some way. Their parents are unemployed and are often affected by problem gambling, alcohol, drugs or mental health issues. Their children are often left to find money to support themselves and their younger siblings. They have to spend most of their time on the streets, begging and collecting trash to survive, and so miss out on a chance to get an education.
CCT Youth Centre
CCT's Youth Centre supports children from the local slums in Battambang.
At the Youth Centre the kids take part in literacy and numeracy classes, life skills programmes, counselling, mentoring, as well as various cultural activities.
All school aged children at our Youth Centre are enrolled in their local public school. CCT pays their school fees. CCT then provides scholarships to the high achievers to attend Pannasastra International School. The kids who are already too old to be enrolled in school are given the opportunity to take part in a range of vocational training opportunities available in the wider community.
The kids who attend our Youth Centre have access to bathroom, shower and laundry facilities, clean drinking water and two healthy meals per day. We provide a weekly medical clinic as well as assisting them with the challenges extreme poverty raises; health and hygiene concerns, family breakdowns and drug abuse, or even simply needing a pair of shoes.
In Cambodia there is no pre-school education. Young children living in the slums are often left at home alone during the day, or in the care of older siblings while their parents are at work.
The CCT Kindergarten is part of our Youth Centre Programme and provides all of the children in attendance with healthy meals, medical care and a full day of activities to promote their emotional, physical and intellectual development. These children and their families also receive the support of CCT's Social Workers.
This care gives these children the opportunity to experience the childhood they all deserve!
We are in need of sponsors for these children. If you would like to sponsor a child please contact our team at info@cambodianchildrenstrust.
New Youth Centre Opening Party!
The new CCT Youth Centre opened its doors on September 3, 2012. The 115 children enrolled in the centre all came along to the party. Many of their parents also came to celebrate the opening of the new centre with their children.
The party also brought two new children to our doors. The sounds of so many happy children enjoying the party reached the ears of two young girls, not yet enrolled in the centre. They had been collecting trash on the street nearby. We invited them in out of the rain, gave them a clean change of clothes, some party snacks and enrolled them into the Youth Centre's programmes. They've turned up everyday since, are now attending school and are no longer needing to spend their days begging and collecting rubbish to survive. Check out the video from this happy day!