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Ratanak Kiri Programme Unit

Sharing border with Vietnam to the east and Lao to the north, Ratanak Kiri is located in the north-eastern, mountainous part of Cambodia. Home to at least eight indigenous minority groups, almost all province’s residents, of more than 11,000, depend heavily on forest products and agricultural activities.

Remoteness and cultural gaps are hampering basic public services among many children in Ratanak Kiri. Starting a Programme Unit in the province in mid-2011, Plan International Cambodia is working in 19 of the province’s 49 communes – with around 5,000 sponsored children.

Plan International Cambodia's mobile preschool in Ratanak Kiri province
Plan International Cambodia's mobile preschool in Ratanak Kiri province

Main achievements so far:

More than 30 preschools established and 40 teachers trained
Over 550 formed parenting groups (some 3,000 parents) and 70 local authorities trained on 12 family practices including child stimulation, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation
Two health centres built
Two schools, two libraries and 11 playgrounds built and 150 teachers trained on child friendly school methodologies
Scholarship packages provided to more than 900 students with difficult situation and vulnerable to dropping out.
More than 30 community and school wells, 30 school sanitations facilities built
More than 20 family protection networks established
Over 400 youth accessing sexual reproductive health services by their peers
Over 180 out-of-school youth trained on technical vocational training
More than 800 poor families trained on agricultural activities and financed to start up small business.