CHILDREN IN FAMILIES

REQUEST: $2,500 for the following items: 1) $2,000 for supporting vulnerable children on food allowance and 2) $500 for school materials and COVID-19 protective supplies.

We are currently operating in Cambodia (services are spread out in the capital city of Phnom Penh and other 5 provinces based on referrals).

  • Population: 17,304,363

  • Languages: Khmer (official) 96.3%, other 3.7%

  • Religions: Buddhist (official) 97.9%, Muslim 1.1%, Christian 0.5%

  • Median Age: 26.4 years

Children in Families (CIF) believes that the best place for a child to grow up is in a loving family. We are a Christian organization dedicated to providing quality family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children in Cambodia. CIF supports 436 children in 326 families where among those children, 71 of them have special needs.

For decades, poverty and the lack of knowledge of parents and relatives have led to an increasing number of children being placed into orphanages in the hope they would have better lives. In recent years, research has shown the harmful effects of orphanages on the lives of children, while CIF has proven through our 15 years’ experience that families are the safest option for children’s well-being.

COVID-19 has disrupted the care of vulnerable children due to reduced funding and lack of social support systems from the government.  This project will contribute towards preserving children with families and prevent future separation through the provision of food allowance and supplies that will protect them from COVID-19—closing the door to future family separation.

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A child with severe disabilities receiving rehab support from CIF ABLE staff.

Chetra’s Story

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Story

In late 2019, a local church referred a sick mother with two children ages 3 and 9, who had been cared for by their grandparents. The family was poor, and the children were not receiving adequate support. Both children had chronic health problems with one child experiencing language delay, requiring regular health treatment at a specialized hospital in Phnom Penh. The children’s condition grew worse because the grandparents could not afford healthcare.

With the support of CIF, both children received medical treatment and extra support from our ABLE team (services for children with disabilities). As a result, the children’s health has improved and their grandmother said, “Before, it was difficult to understand Sophea when she spoke, but now, she is speaking more clearly and saying more words. My grandchildren are healthier thanks to the medical treatment and the loving care by CIF staff. I am so happy to see them in better condition!”

HEALTH / HYGIENE

FAMILY / COMMUNITY CARE

FOOD

THEOLOGY

EDUCATION / TRAINING

INFORMATION / RESEARCH

EQUIPMENT / TOOLS

MATERIALS

RENOVATION / MAINTENANCE

ADMINISTRATION

TRAVEL

OTHER

* Highlighted budget icons apply to this grant

Budget
DescriptionCost
Monthly food allowance: 20 children over 3 months$2,000
School materials and COVID supplies (e.g., soap, masks)$500
Total Budget Requested:$2,500

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