The global pandemic that we are all experiencing has had disastrous consequences for the economy, physical and psychological health, and the daily lives of thousands of people. The Salesian family has decided to undertake actions throughout the world to help these people in difficulty and to accompany them towards a future better post-epidemic
Cambodia has been little affected by the epidemic in terms of the number of cases and deaths. On the other hand, the closure of the borders to tourists as well as the closure of schools for almost a year had disastrous economic consequences. All of the people working in hotels, restaurants and tourism in general found themselves without a job and without pay overnight. Likewise, street vendors and merchants have seen their income decline.
The closure of schools meant the cessation of studies for the majority of Cambodians because distance learning could not be easily set up. After that, many young people dropped out of school for lack of motivation but also of money. As parents’ incomes decline, they can no longer send their children to school and need them as labor.
The Salesian family in Cambodia has decided to focus its action on three different points in order to reduce the consequences of the epidemic:
– In a very short time, come to the aid of the families in cities (Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, Kep, Poipet…) by providing them with the basic necessities they need: food, medicines, clothes, etc.
– Help young people find their way back to school by helping them financially and by raising awareness of the value of studies
– Help families in the provinces by providing them with the materials they need to work but also with basic necessities.
The first part of the project began on the 2nd of February by the distribution of food to 30 families. These families are living between Sihanoukville and the mountains and they are very poor. We decided to help them by providing food and basic necessities (you can see the goods that we distributed in the following pictures), rice (10kg) and money (20$).
They were very happy to receive these basic necessities products, they can see the future with more hope and joy. It was just the beginning of the project, we would like to continue these actions and to provide more food for families in need.