Empowering Families in Cambodia
Gecko's is working with Plan to help build opportunities for poor families in Cambodia.
Poor self-image, untreated trauma and the isolation and stigma that extreme poverty brings, all contribute to the poorest families in Cambodia missing out on essential services and support. This new phase of our Empowering Families Project will build on what has already been achieved in helping vulnerable families get the skills, self-confidence and services they need to improve their lives.
Unfortunately, our trips don't actually visit the areas who benefit from this project. But we still want to give something back to the countries we visit and feel it’s important to get involved with this project.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT A PRIORITY?Cambodia is one of the poorest nations in Asia. More than 95 per cent of the population relies on agriculture as their main source of livelihood. The families we work with are the poorest of the poor. They do not own land, have had little or no education, have limited means of earning an income and are often stuck in a cycle of debt. In addition, destitution and untreated trauma experienced during the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime have contributed to the social isolation, poor self-image and depression experienced by these families. This project allows families to improve their lives by developing their personal empowerment, self-confidence and motivation. It provides practical support to the poorest families, helping them to increase their access to education and health services, and establish family income-generating activities.
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