Creative Childhood Development Program
Ang Snuol District, Cambodia - In this holistic and child-centered community-based program, children are given back their childhood through creative play that is sensitive to the local culture. This project, coordinated by Mango Tree Garden, is currently engaging around 80 children (6 to 13 years old) from four different villages in Ang Snuol district. The children, of whom many are orphans, are from poor farmer families. Many of these children are at risk to develop a mental health problem sooner or later in life and therefore given the chance to benefit from the program in their communities.
Through storytelling, drawing, painting, drama, singing and dancing children are given the opportunity to find and to live their dreams, to express themselves and to heal their wounds. Facilitated and guided by adults, the children find their place in the garden and the garden finds a place in their hearts.