There comes a point in every single person's life, when you feel like you need to give more, to do more for the human kind.
There are many situations where people are not given the same opportunities in life and need help in order to overcome certain obstacles.
Here is the really serious stuff; the reasons why so many people, both local and foreigners, devote their lives to doing what they can to improve things for the people of Cambodia.
Fact 1: Poverty
Despite the prosperity in Siem reap town, Siem reap province has high levels of poverty with 36.6% of the population existing below the poverty line. This is defined as families whose income was less than 45 cents per person per day. The results of poverty mean that many families and communities struggle to provide for their children.
Fact 2: Child sex abuse
People living in poverty are more vulnerable to grooming or offers of financial support & assistance in exchange for sexual favours. Children from extremely poor families are easily accessible in public places where they can be found begging, working in tourist-orientated family businesses, shoe-shining, collecting garbage, etc.
Fact 3 : Orphanages
There is a willingness by a large number of poor parents to have their children sent to orphanages child care centres, many of which call themselves "šorphanages'. Around 75% of children in Cambodian "orphanages" are not orphans, but come from poor families who send their children in the belief that they will be better cared for and offer the promise of better standards of care and education than the family can provide.
Fact 4: Lack of proper sewage & water
A lack of proper sewage and waste water treatment, coupled with poor standards of hygiene, results in many people being forced to drink contaminated water. Both surface and ground water are contaminated in some areas, and in Cambodia 60,000 children die each year, many due to waterborne illnesses, (that's nearly 200 children dying unnecessarily every day "“ the equivalent of a good sized primary school), 1 in 7 children die before the age of 5.
TARGET GOAL: $5,000
Donations of any value will be greatly appreciated! It's your kindness that will change their world.
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Your Donation: All money raised will be safely distributed amongst the priorities below when we reach Cambodia in person in December 2013. My Gap Year (Not-for-profit Volunteer Program) does not need to handle any project money and therefore is simply not just handed over. My Gap Year will provide an Interpreter to escort me to building supply businesses to purchase materials and to barter at the markets. Receipts are issued with most purchases and
will be kept as records.
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