Schooling Situation in Cambodia
Although 80% of children enter primary school there is a 55% drop out rate. The majority of children from poor rural families have to work to contribute to the family income.
With 30% of the population under the poverty line, many families cannot afford to buy the required school uniforms or supplies. Almost 40% of Cambodian children are malnourished which makes learning difficult.
What is ACTS?
Children from impoverished families in 3 provinces are given the chance to attend and complete their primary education, increasing opportunities for a better future and fullness of life.
The ACTS project is part of a holistic programme that aims to help families break out of the poverty cycle. It is integrated with other projects such as business and agriculture training; water and sanitation.
Children will be provided with school uniforms, books, bags, snacks and necessary resources to able to attend school. Very poor families who rely on the children working to help provide for the family will also be compensated with rice to help ease the pressure enabling the child to stay in school. The children will be assisted in their studies through a regular study club, headed up by volunteers from the church.
A support example: $120 NZD for a school pack for a child with school uniform, books, stationery and tuition fee for a year.