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Kampong Cham Programme Unit

Kampong Cham Province

Area: 9,798.6 sq km
Population: 1,876,382
Targeted districts and communes: 2 out of 15 districts, 15 out of 173 communes
Sponsored children: 9,000

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 80% of the population are farmers who depend entirely on crops, such as cassava, soya bean, cashew, tobacco, pineapple and rubber. Some 20.57 % of residents live on less than half a dollar per day (2012)*.

Plan Cambodia started a programme unit in Kampong Cham in May 2004. In partnership with 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 poverty-affected students and non-formal education (like village classes) in remote areas.

Improving health and nutrition

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

Child protection

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

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Plan Cambodia promotes sanitation and hygiene awareness among government officials and local authorities and organises events to raise public awareness of related issues. 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 community development plans.

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*Source: Cambodia Poverty Reduction report 2004-2012