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One in five Cambodians lives below the poverty line. Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) works to enable children and families in Battambang to break free from the intergenerational cycle of poverty, while promoting family preservation and reintegration. To do this, we deliver a holistic range of programs and services from our community youth centres, community preschool, foster care homes and social enterprise restaurant.
We provide a range of educational workshops for community members and families in our programs, including: skillful parenting workshops, school attendance workshops and alcohol support groups. We also train all our staff in child protection.
We provide support to families to ensure they can cover their basic living costs. We work closely with school-leavers, parents and caregivers to help them find safe and non-exploitative employment so they can support their own families. We achieve this by providing job counseling and assisting in income generating activities.
We conduct family tracing, risk assessments, case planning, and counselling, re-establish relationships, and support children to return safely back to the care of their biological family. The wellbeing, safety and views of the children involved in this process are always our top priority.
For those children who have no safe options to live with relatives or who are in the process of family-tracing and reintegration, CCT provides short-term and long-term family-based foster care. All the children in our programs are living in a family.
We provide preventative healthcare measures including vaccinations, regular health check-ups and hygiene classes. We also provide treatment for illnesses, injuries and mental health concerns, and provide support for children and their families living with chronic illnesses such as HIV and Hepatitis.
There is limited access to crisis social support services in Cambodia. CCT’s social workers are on call 24/7 to respond to crisis situations to support children and families. Our social workers help develop action plans, source accommodation, liaise with police, de-escalate conflict, provide counselling and ensure the safety of children.
Our social workers are trained to provide counselling services and regular home visits to the children and families in our programs. Our social workers are on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies and during times of heightened risk.
Our team of social workers provide social support services, while working closely with the local government's Department of Social Affairs Veterans and Youth (DoSVY), the Commune Council for Women and Children (CCWC), village chiefs and commune leaders.
We enrol all children in our programs in the local public school, while also organising supplementary classes at our community youth centres. Our social workers follow-up the children's school attendance to ensure they are attending classes.
We help young adults and school-leavers find safe and non-exploitive employment training (such as in the hospitality and auto-mechanic industry) that will help them earn a secure income. On average, the training lasts one year – after which time the young adult will either start their own business or seek employment in their field of expertise.
Our life skills classes ensure children learn about a range of important topics and develop important skills needed for successful independent living, such as nutrition, gardening and financial literacy. CCT’s Kitchen Garden classes give the children an opportunity to learn how to plant, tend and harvest their own food.
During the Khmer Rouge regime Cambodian art and culture was nearly wiped out. At CCT, we keep Cambodian culture alive for the next generation by providing cultural activities for the children in our programs. These activities include Aspara dancing, Khmer music classes and Khmer theatre at our community youth centre 2.
The sporting activities we run provide a well-rounded education for the children in our programs and ensure they remain happy and healthy! At our community youth centre 2 children can participate in football, Aspara dancing and the Cambodian martial art of Bokator.
Many of the students in our programs don't have computers at home to learn crucial skills they'll need in university or in their future jobs. CCT works with the local public high school to provide over 1,600 students with ICT classes. CCT’s ICT program ensures that Cambodian youth are learning vital digital skills they will need to keep up with the rest of the world.
Our School in the Cloud classroom gives children the opportunity to direct their own learning, feed their curiosity and lead them on fun, intellectual journeys. During the sessions children are asked to research thought-provoking big questions, such as: If there were no limits of what art can be, what would your sculpture look like?
All the children in our programs are enrolled in the local public school. We provide supplementary academic classes at our community youth centres that improve children’s confidence and academic results by helping them brush up on their maths, computer, and language skills.
We work with NGOs, local people, government officials, tourists, partners and donors to deliver educational visits/presentations and spread the word about the importance of keeping families together and ending institutionalised care in Cambodia. We also tell our visitors about CCT's story and show them around our project sites.
CCT's social enterprise restaurant, Jaan Bai, provides skills-training and employment for young people in the Battambang community. We use seasonal organic produce sourced from local farmers and neighbouring markets, as well as the kitchen garden at our community youth centre 2.