The social welfare NGO, Cambodian Children’s Fund, which has educated children to lead their families out of poverty since 2004, is confronting financial hardships in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CCF director of community relations Hoy Leanghoin said yesterday the organisation assists a total of 12,000 people coming from impoverished communities. Of these, between 3,000 and 4,000 had been heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis. He said despite funds provided by local and international organisations, the CCF remains in need of further assistance to keep its operations going.
“Many of our community members are rubbish scavengers. Their daily living heavily depends on selling recycled materials. However, with the spread of COVID-19 in the Kingdom, the borders were closed leading them to lose buyers. This has contributed to major financial losses in their community,” said Mr Leanghoin, who said more funds are needed to support the communities.
He added: “Despite the struggle, the CCF continues making headway with its mission to help poorer communities and disadvantaged children. In addition, the CCF is moving alongside Cambodia in combating COVID-19.”
With the ongoing pandemic, Mr Leanghoin said several people have stepped up to the plate by donating to the organisation in hopes that vulnerable communities will be provided equal access to basic needs.
“Amid the COVID-19, the CCF has received several donations from generous locals, including 5,700 kilogrammes of rice, food, cooking oils and drinking water. we are indeed grateful for the compassion and assistance they have shown in this time of need,” he said.
The CCF on its Facebook page welcomed donations of essential items such as clean water, bedding, mosquito nets and personal care and hygiene products to aid in the survival of disadvantaged families amid the pandemic.