Why Mother Home Cambodia? Because every child has a mother and every child needs a safe home. Every child deserves peace and happiness in their life.
Mother Home Cambodia School is a FREE SCHOOL that supports the communities around Tataok Kandal village. Our focus is to provide English or Vocational lessons for the children in these villages as they do not have equal opportunities to compete with the city dwelling children. These rural villages are extremely poor and the people work very hard to make a living.
Mother Home Cambodia School participates in the Child Protection Programme aimed at safeguarding vulnerable children.
Tataok Kandal village is the centre of a large community. One Khmer primary school provides education for the seven villages in the area. The children had no access to English classes until Mother Home Cambodia School recognized the need. Now English classes, taught by a Khmer teacher, are provided Monday to Friday at the local school. The English classes are extremely popular with the young students who want to improve their lives. With your support, Mother Home Cambodia School is able to help these remote area children to make their dreams come true. They really enjoy their English classes and they are so happy to study. They do need our help for a brighter future.
Another important service to the community is the crisis counselling program and support for victims of domestic violence.
“Country children deserve equal opportunities for education”
By offering free education, vocational training, scholarships for higher education, Mother Home Cambodia School believes this will break the cycle of poverty for these disadvantaged communities, teaching the children to become good students, good citizens with high moral standards. Currently they live without hope. Mother Home Cambodia School activities and programs address the daily issues facing children and families in crisis situations and at the same time, find a solution to working toward a better future.
“No Knowledge without Learning. No learning without Education”
TATAOKANDAL VILLAGE COMMUNITY
TataokKandal Community is 35 kms from Siem Reap, spread over a wide farming area. Housing is very simple and can be either timber or thatch Khmer style buildings. Cooking is normally done underneath the house using wood for fuel. In 2016 electricity was installed in the area but most families do not have the money to connect or to pay the power bill and life remains much the same as in the past. The community of 215 families has approximately 520 people. The children number about 200 young girls and 100 young boys. Because life is so hard and money scarce, many adults move to Thailand to find work, leaving the children with the grandparents. Visits back to the village are rare and mostly for special occasions such as Khmer New Year or Pchum Ben. It is not unusual for the children to see their parents only once a year or even less, and they miss their parents very much. Grandparents are an important part of family life.
During the wet season (June – Oct) the countryside is very green and beautiful. The farmers plant their rice and work in the fields. Food is more plentiful as well, as the farmers can grow vegetables, catch fish and frogs, which can be sold at the markets. Once the rice is harvested (Nov – January) and the dry season sets in, the countryside becomes very dry and dusty. During this time many of the villagers have to find a job in the construction industry, which is heavy work and often away from home. The average daily pay is $3 which is barely enough to support their family.
Unfortunately many of the older generation, and even some of the younger generation, don’t understand the benefits of education. They don’t have any dreams for the future and spend their lives very simply, working hard just to survive. Only 60% of the children go to school. Many of the children drop out of school as they are required to help their families with farming and minding the cattle.
Kosorl could see that education would give more opportunities for a better life. He didn’t give up on his dream and studied hard. Now he wants to share his knowledge with the children in his community. He is the first of the younger generation to return to his village and works closely with the local authorities to understand the education system currently being provided and what else he can do to further the education of the local children.