We work with semi-rural communities that rely mainly on subsistence fishing or farming to make their living. Some of the children's parents have a market stall and a few are rubbish collectors, tuk tuk or moto drivers. We work closely with the village and commune officials to ensure we are meeting local needs. Grace House believes strongly in educating children to enable them to have a better future, and empowering parents to provide for their children.
Between 2005 - 2010, there was a 75% increase in the number of orphanages in Cambodia, many of these are in Siem Reap. Nearly 80% of children placed in orphanages have one living parent and numerous reports have shown children fail to thrive in institutions. Poverty is the main reason parents quote for placing their children in orphanages.
By supporting families we give them the opportunity to educate and feed their children while maintaining the family unit.
Families who struggle to feed their children are supported with a sack of rice a month.
Sanitation and Clean Water
There is no running water or sewage system in the villages. We install toilets to prevent diseases associated with lack of sanitation. The villagers use water pumps to draw water from the ground. This water needs to be boiled or filtered before drinking to make it safe. We provide water filters to the poorer families.
Through health education we are able to help parents understand the importance of clean water and sanitation.
Families are assisted to access medical and dental services and funding is provided for medication.
Many of the children who attend Grace House live in houses made of palm leaves. These houses have a lifespan of approximately one year before the roof needs replacing; the families often cannot afford to repair the palm leaves so we help them when we can.