Jordan International Aid (JIA)’s presence in Cambodia is relatively new. This nation of nearly fifteen million is located on the Indochina Peninsula in southeast Asia. Home to the Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot, the country became infamous as the home of the “Killing Fields” where it is estimated that over 1,380,000 were executed outright in a genocide, with as many as 2.5 million of the 8 million population dying either by execution or starvation and disease as a result of Khmer Rouge policies.
While the quality of health and the life expectancy is rising in Cambodia, the mortality rate for children is 115 deaths per 1000 live births, with nearly 23 percent of all children dying before five years of age. UNICEF has ranked Cambodia as the third most “land mined” country in the world, a remnants of frequent wars conducted on its soil. HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases are prevalent.
In 2011, JIA (in a joint effort with the Cambodian Ministry of Health) provided medical aid to approximately 1800 children.
In 2012, JIA discovered a major medical need in a floating community. This community did not have medical care, and JIA was able to provide basic medical care to these families through the generosity of our donors; however, but more needs to be done.
In 2013, we re-opened a school in that same floating community. The school had been closed for three years, denying the children in this community an education. Education in these communities is vital in giving these communities a chance at improving their health and prospects for the future. The re-opening of the school involved restoring a floating building that was donated by UNICEF for this purpose over ten years ago. During the intervening years, the building deteriorated badly and began sinking – and since the community didn’t have the means to rescue the building, the school was forced to close. JIA worked hard to restore this building and with the involvement of community they have been able to take pride in the school and themselves for bringing a sense of achievement to their community. JIA is also empowering local leaders in the floating community by supporting teachers who are currently teaching at the school. As we search for ways of raising funds to keep the school operating for years to come, this includes supporting our local teachers, we can use your help.
Why is this education project so important? Because one of the root causes of the child sex trade in Cambodia is the lack of education that leaves children and their families without a means of support. The result is that children are sold into the sex trade. Agape International Missions has partnered with us in this education project.
If this mission and the plight of the people of Cambodia speak to your heart, you can give here.