Thousands of children in Cambodia are living in institutions, like orphanages, even though around 80% of these children have families that could be caring for them given some support. When children grow up in institutions, without the love and care of a family, their development, safety, and well-being suffer.
At CCT, we work to build a world where all children, regardless of their background, can grow up in safe and caring families and communities. Our holistic approach addresses the root causes of family separation and prevents children from being trafficked, subjected to child labour or ending up in orphanages. We also assist children in orphanages to return safely to families.
The cycle of poverty
For Cambodian families living in poverty, meeting their children’s basic needs can be a struggle. A lack of access to food, water, shelter and healthcare creates a high-risk environment in which children are prone to illness and malnourishment. These children are also often forced to spend their days on the street, begging or working to support themselves and their families. Therefore, children who are born into poverty are more likely to grow into adults who are unable to provide for their own children’s basic needs – perpetuating the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
Without social support available to them, some families are left with no other choice but to entrust their children into the care of institutions in the hope they will receive an education and a path out of poverty. However, institutionalisation has long-term and irreversible effects on children’s development, which can trap them deeper in poverty. CCT supports children and their families to break the cycle of poverty together.
In Cambodia, family separation is one of the biggest threats to children’s well-being and its consequences are far-reaching: broken families, aggravated intergenerational trauma, eroded communities, and dire outcomes for children growing up in institutions. CCT keeps children in families and out of harmful institutions by providing essential support to families at-risk of separation and reunifying institutionalised children with families.
Education has a ripple effect that can lift individuals, families, communities and even countries out of poverty. But poverty often acts as a barrier for children to access education. Lack of education not only traps children in the cycle of poverty but also contributes to children being separated from their families. At CCT, we pave the way for children to access quality education while remaining in their families and communities.
Supportive communities can make all the difference for children and families in crisis. When communities are nurturing, families are stronger and children thrive. At CCT, we involve the entire community to identify needs and solutions to better support children and families. We strengthen safety nets by expanding access to essential health care and social support and collaborate with community members to promote the well-being, safety, learning and health of children.
Light poured into the shiny new kitchen through a clear ceiling panel above as Foster Mum Sarat shared her excitement about moving into their dramatically renovated home. Years ago, Sarat lived on the same plot of land in a small house with her husband Roeun. During this time the house flooded regularly and offered limited
Together again — from family to institution to reunification
Without the voices and laughter of their children, Arun* and Riya’s* house in Thailand was disturbingly quiet, magnifying their sadness and deep sense of loss. Desperate to earn a decent wage, the parents migrated from Cambodia to Thailand in 2015, leaving their sons, Thea*, 11, and Makara*, 9, and their daughter, Kiri*, 8, in
Building a Safe Space to Call Home
Kim and Nhel’s new house is painted in hues of grass green, pastel mint and dark blue. “I chose those colours,” said Nhel with a proud smile. The couple, along with their teenage daughter and two foster children, have just moved into their renovated and vastly improved home. Back in 2009, the family relocated to
CCT’s outreach work offers a lifeline to the homeless
Street life comes with constant struggles, from finding money for food to keeping warm and dry when monsoonal rains hit. Not eating properly and being exposed to the elements means people living on the street are more vulnerable to sickness and disease. CCT does street outreach and medical workshops with street-connected children and their families,