About CHD Cambodia
Children with Hope for Development is a Cambodian non-profit, non-governmental organization with no religious or political ties whose objective is to provide free education program to poor and vulnerable children in rural areas of Takeo Province. Children with Hope for Development was founded June 29, 2010 and obtained authorization by the Ministry of Interior by paper No 974 SCN, dated 29 June 2011, as the Organization named (CHILDREN WITH HOPE FOR DEVELOPMENT) CHD.
Children with Hope for Development is a grass roots Cambodian Non Governmental Organisation. It is based in Po Village, Takeo Province, Cambodia and is located approximately 94 kilometres from the capital city Phnom Penh. The village is in a poorly serviced remote, rural area with unmade roads. The children in the Po village come from poor rice cropping families and have limited prospects to assist them, break out of the cycle of poverty.
Providing the children from Po Village with the opportunity to attend a free NGO school such as Children With Hope for Development improves their educational opportunities to become literate in Khmer and English. At CHD we teach the Government Curriculum to multi level students. As qualified Teachers we know that education improves children’s confidence and their self worth and gives them some hope for their future.
The project at Po Village has been created to assist children out of illiteracy, create opportunity for them and contribute to the development of our society and Cambodia.
We welcome short or long term Volunteers at CHD School who really wish to make a difference to the lives of our children. Buddhism is the national religion of Cambodia and we ask that volunteers respect our beliefs and that we are a Cambodian managed NGO.
Cambodia’s history is one of civil war, genocide and political disruption. Currently, after years of conflict Cambodia is now a developing country and GDP is slowly increasing. However, the gap between the rich and the poor is also increasing, and much international assistance to Cambodia does not always reach intended targets.
In Cambodia, most of the population (85%) are involved in rural agriculture. Weak infrastructure and poor investment in agriculture and rural development has mean that many of these people are still struggling to reach an income of US$1 per day.
As a result, many migrate to the cities to find work. However, there are also many difficulties faced in the cities because education levels and skills are too low. Migration to the cities for work can cause families to be split up and this creates further social difficulties.
Employment is very competitive and obtaining employment in either the new, small private sector or the public sector is very difficult and poorly paid. Healthcare is meant to be free, however, in reality, it is extremely expensive and many families find themselves unable to afford basic medical treatment which further compounds their social disadvantage.
Cambodian society still reels from the trauma of war and there is a high level of inter generational post traumatic stress, mental illness, alcoholism and domestic violence in society. These are just some of the myriad of wide spread social problems that impacts peoples’ lives. The rural and remote areas in Cambodia have a high incidence of poverty, poor health and child malnutrition.
About po village
Owing to the remoteness of Po Village and the high incidence of natural disasters, government investment in the area is weak. Social problems include increasing population, food prices, water access, lack of medical treatment, poor ante natal care and impaired child development. The children of poor rural families live without education, food security, disease prevention, clean water, hygienic clothes, medical assistance and family reconciliation. Moreover, families cannot afford to send their children to school due to the lack of transportation and the remoteness of schools. Also, some families who value education have to ask their children to stop studying and contribute to the family income by contributing to domestic labour, animal raising, garbage collection, soil digging, rice, crop planting or other unskilled employment. Children who have been orphaned as a result of HIV, disease, accident or other cause of death face a bleak future in Cambodia unless they have access to a NGO that provides full care or are adopted into a family. Some children are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking, sexual abuse, prostitution and exploitation at the hands of pimps and paedophiles.
A Message from our Founder
Hello, my name is Sokha Treng. I am the founder and director of Children with Hope for Development (CHD). I was born in Thlork Yul Village, Takeo Province. My parents were forced to work in a labor camp growing rice for the Khmer Rouge Kadres. It was a constant battle to stay alive and survive the brutality.
I graduated from Build Bright University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. I majored in teaching English as a second language. Within a year, I completed my tourism vocational training. I have experience working in the tourism industry as a guest relations specialist and as a tour guide in French and English.
In June 2010, I founded a project called “Children with Hope for Development” (CHD) to help provide education for poor and disadvantaged children in Po Village and surrounding areas. This project aims to raise children out of illiteracy, create greater opportunities beyond traditional government school, and contribute to the development of our community and Cambodian society.
I created this NGO because I want to help disadvantaged children and young people in Cambodia have a better life. I also want to reduce the poverty experienced in their families and in their communities. These goals can primarily be accomplished through education. I believe education helps children and their families create positive changes in their lives and empower their communities.
To develop the capabilities of our youth, we need to build a culture of hope, trust and healthy relationships among the people of Cambodia. Through the development of confidence and critical thinking, young people can go on to take an active role in developing their communities.
Children with Hope for Development (CHD) is a place where children and young people can learn and share their experiences with each other and develop skills necessary for active citizenship.
I am very grateful for the support we receive from individuals, making our work possible.
We always welcome support of any kind, please feel free to visit and join in our activities at any time.