It is impossible to study on an empty stomach. We started our free Breakfast Program in 2011, when the teachers pointed out that 80% of the students were not being fed at home before coming to school. We currently feed 4,500 children 6 days a week. The meals are prepared by dedicated cooks and include a variety of foods with the basic rice, protein and vegetables. We installed new kitchen with gas burners instead of the wood fire pits. Each school has a new canteen and students help serve meals.
Puberty Workshops for grades 6-9 are held each year for all boys and girls. These have been developed to provide positive and accurate information on all the different changes that puberty brings in both physical and emotional development with the emphasis on healthy relationships.
In conjuction with Angkor University Nursing College and sponsored by Texel Foundation, CCDO provides health in school checkups in over 100 schools and have evaluated the health in over 150,000 students. Their parents accompany the children and are given nutrition and first aid lectures.
Our Dental Hygiene Program is generously sponsored by Together We Can Change The World. We distribute toothbrushes and toothpaste to over 20,000 kids.
Even though many Cambodian women are illiterate, there is a thirst for knowledge to improve the life & health of their families. We strongly encourage men to participate in workshops.
Our Community Health Coordinator, with the help of our trained Community Workers organize weekly workshops in village community centers, rotating the following topics: Health & Hygiene, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Family Planning, Nutrition, Anti-Child Trafficking, Road Safety and Financial Planning.
We have established a Women's Advisory Council who meets monthly to discuss current issues and keeps us abreast of important needs for the communities.