Cambodia

Street children in Cambodia beg on the streets from morning to night. Many of them pick trash out of garbage bins, beg from tourists, or steal to survive. Unfortunately, many of these children find an escape from street life through glue-sniffing and other drugs.

The Green Gecko Project
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Green Gecko Project supports 103 former street children. These kids used to live and beg on the streets of Siem Reap, but now they have security, education, love and the opportunity to reach their full potential. The Green Gecko Project also offers counselling and support to families, helping them work through alcohol, drug and gambling addictions; issues which often cause family breakdown and lead to children living on the streets.

 

Cambodian Children’s House of Peace
Siem Reap, Cambodia

 
Cambodian Children’s House of Peace is a residential home for 30 children between the ages of 7 and 18. The children come from very poor families who cannot afford to adequately provide for them. Most children have one and a few have both surviving parents and some are orphaned or abandoned. Cambodia is still recovering from the devastation of the Khmer Rouge era, so 40% of the population is under the age of 18. Virtually every family lost members to starvation, illness, torture and execution during this reign of terror.