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Kampong Cham Programme Unit

Kampong Cham Province

Area: 9,798.6 sq km
Population: 1,679,992
Targeted districts and communes: 2 out of 16 districts, 15 out of 173 communes
Sponsored children: 11,869

Kampong Cham is the most populated province of Cambodia. It is located in the southeastern part of the kingdom. The Mekong River, which runs through the centre of the province, causes frequent floods. More than 82% of the population are farmers who depend entirely on crops, such as cassava, soya bean, cashew, tobacco, pineapple and rubber. Some 37% of residents live on less than half a US dollar per day (2004).

Plan Cambodia started a programme unit in Kampong Cham in May 2004. In partnership with like-minded local development agencies, we are transforming the capacity of children, their families and communities to participate in development issues affecting their lives.

Programme highlights

Accessible quality education

Plan Cambodia helps communities supplement the Cambodian system with pre-school learning for small children, remedial education for slow learners, scholarships for poor students and non-formal education such as village classes in remote areas. These activities are designed to be as child-friendly as possible.

Improving health and hygiene practice

Childhood illnesses are targeted through both prevention and treatment. These activities are leading to more cooperation and communication between the recipients and providers of health services.

Child protection

We reduce corporal punishment in schools, improve awareness of child rights and introduce alternative disciplinary methods by teachers and parents. Plan supports, creates and strengthens forums for children to express concerns on issues affecting their lives and allows them to make recommendations to decision-making bodies.

Microfinance services

Both borrowers and savers, most of whom are women and heads of poor households, find Plan Cambodia-supported microfinance services very helpful. They are highly satisfied with the flexible loan sizes and terms, affordable interest rates, the loan guarantee requirement, and staff behaviour.

Water and sanitation for children’s health

Plan Cambodia promotes sanitation awareness among government officials and local authorities and organises events to raise public awareness of sanitation. We aim to increase the use of household latrines and reinforce personal hygiene, such as hand washing, to prevent the spread of disease. Our wells, equipped with child-friendly pumps, bring safe drinking water to village residences and schools.

Child-centred disaster resilience

We empower children and adults to develop disaster response plans for their communities and advocate for them to be included in their commune development plans.

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