Transforming the lives of vulnerable children in Cambodia through education, safety and support.
Sunshine Cambodia is transforming the lives of vulnerable children in Phnom Penh and rural Cambodia by providing them with safe, supportive environments at home and school.
By sharing God’s love with these children, along with their teachers and parents, they’re restoring hope to a nation devastated by ongoing poverty and a recent history of terrible violence.
Break the cycle of poverty through education, safety and support.
Sunshine gives vulnerable children a chance to go to school by providing school fees, uniforms and supplies.
They support struggling local schools to improve facilities, including:
- sanitation blocks and water filters to help children stay healthy,
- playgrounds to promote play,
- libraries to develop good literacy, and
- teacher training on subjects like children’s rights.
They also work extensively with parents and care givers to empower and equip them to tackle big issues like domestic violence and family financial management.
By providing them with access to education, along with safe and supportive environments at home and school, Sunshine is giving these children their best chance to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and have hope for a brighter future.
Cambodia is one of the world’s poorest countries (ranking 146/189 on the 2018 Human Development Index), and around 20% of Cambodians are living below the poverty line.
Between 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge systematically persecuted and killed around 2 million people – one quarter of Cambodia’s population at the time. They particularly targeted highly educated people and intellectuals.
Forty years later, the country is still recovering.
In addition to the ‘common’ challenges of poverty, Cambodia struggles with high rates of domestic violence, child labour and a lack of education (over 60% of children dropout before finishing high school).