EDF Cambodia
Poverty destroys Children ‘Future
Every citizen has right to access education at least 9 years in public schools with free of charge, but however, there is a far gap between the children from economically advantaged family and children from the economically disadvantaged family.

Children from the economically advantaged family get high quality of education with high degree, but children from the economically disadvantaged family have lack chance for education. Education is free in Cambodia, but the burden still falls on parents to provide large amount of the costs associated with accessing education such as start up cost, daily cost, school fee as well as additional cost. This matter is one of the reasons to cause many children from the economically families drop out school.

MEAKH SREY MAO is 14 years old, studies at grade 7 at KOH ANDEAT Lower Secondary School, which locates at KOH ANDEAT district, TAKEO Province. SREY MAO likes studying Khmer language and wishes to become a teacher of primary school.

SREY MAO has three siblings and she is the youngest daughter whose mother passed away few years ago leaving three children living with the unhealthy father who has suffered serious liver disease without proper treatment due to poverty. SREY MAO’s siblings, due to poverty, have lived separately; eldest brother is 18 years old, student at grade 10 has been taken care of by uncle; second elder brother is 17 year old quit his study at grade 5 and has left home to find job as worker at urban area; and SREY MAO has lived with unhealthy father who have been fed by neighbors.  

MEAK SREY MAO is a vulnerable girl who will quit her study if the living situation of her family becomes harder and without encouragement and support from the community or charitable people; she really need education support.

Majority of Cambodian children living at the rural area from the economically disadvantaged family have to work after school time, Sunday and holiday so that to survive day by day; it is quite deferent from children from the economically advantaged family; they can take relax, visit resort area, access to additional course and get warm  comfort from their family.  Children from the poor family have lack chance for education; they are the vulnerable children to quit their study due to poverty; poverty is the enemy to destroy their future.
 
To help building bright future for poor Cambodian children is to provide them with education support; to provide education support is to donate them wisdom; it is valuable treasure for human.









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