• Cambodia, Disadvantaged Youth, Education

    2009

    Partner: Guy Leech

    Bright Kids Project

    Ratanakiri, Cambodia - In 2009, RideAid supported a visionary project in remote Ratanakiri province aimed at helping poor rural children of high ability and ambition attend a boarding house and school in Phnom Penh. We provided a vehicle and funding from Australian Ironman Guy Leech to assist this project. Thirty-eight young people were involved in this program. The program is now finished and we and another donor are providing accommodation and financial support for 17 of them to finish school and 4 to attend advanced studies.

  • Additional Causes, Cambodia, Disadvantaged Youth

    2008

    Partner: M'Lop Tapang

    M’lop Tapang Drop-in Centre

    Sihanoukville, Cambodia - RideAids support for Mlop Tapang takes many shapes. The Drop-In Centre was our first project with the organization, and it continues to this date, albeit in a new location. The centre was formed to address the needs of homeless children with substance abuse problems. These children, attracted by the availability and low cost of glue sniffing, are often at risk of becoming addicted to this substance. These youth can be problematic and disruptive when integrated into normal programs. There are often emergencies that require the assistance of specially-trained staff. RideAid partnered with Mlop Tapang to build and staff a stand-alone centre, open 24 hours a day, focusing on these youths.

  • Cambodia, Disadvantaged Youth, Training

    June 15, 2008

    Partner: M'Lop Tapang

    M’lop Tapang Vocational Training Centre

    Sihanoukville, Cambodia - Implementing partner M’Lop Tapang aims to link training to effective, viable income generation opportunities for young men and women (age 15+). By providing the opportunity to learn a skill, these students are empowered to support themselves and their families in the future. We equip them with life skills including Khmer and English language, health and drug awareness, and budgeting before entering the workforce so they are able to maintain employment in an increasingly competitive environment. Currently, 70 children are learning skills in motorbike mechanics, electrical repair and installation, welding, and screen printing. The girls’ centre trains over 30 students – many of whom formerly worked in karaoke bars or as sex workers – in sewing, arts and crafts, and hospitality skills.

  • Cambodia, Disadvantaged Youth, Education

    2010

    Partner: Mango Tree Garden

    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.

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