Community Outreach: improving life for families in Steung Meanchey

“This is Vicheka. She was the first case I ever took on, 3 years ago. She had a very bad situation back then,” says Hoin, CCF’s community outreach manager, as he talks to a smiling young girl of 7. “Her mother only cared about her new boyfriend, so she lived with her grandmother. But the grandmother was drunk most of the time, so Vicheka had to fend for herself, she was all alone. She looked so sad when I met her.”

Hoin is checking on families near the old dump site. He and his team are constantly out in our communities, whether in scorching heat or rainy season downpours, supporting Scott Neeson in his efforts to keep CCF’s ear to the ground. It’s this direct contact with our communities which ensures CCF is able to understand the full complexities of life for the poorest families in Cambodia, and act rapidly to solve them. It’s why our headquarters is in Steung Meanchey, so we are never at a distant remove from the people we are here to serve.

Helping Vicheka meant helping her family, through long discussions, counselling and advice – something Cambodian staff are best placed to do. The work can be hard and heartbreaking but the results make it worthwhile. “Vicheka is in school now. We helped her grandmother get sober and even find a job. They are both so much happier now”.

 

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