Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) and leading Asian drinks brand Yeo’s Cambodia are partnering to build a new kindergarten to reach more underprivileged children in Cambodia.
Up 50 young children living around the former Steung Meanchey garbage dump in Phnom Penh will benefit from the new facility, which will be CCF’s second kindergarten.
Yeo’s Cambodia will contribute $50,000 USD to the building of the new kindergarten. Construction is due to begin in early 2022.
A joint corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, it aims to make a long-lasting impact for the children and families who live in one of the most impoverished communities in Cambodia.
The new kindergarten will serve people living on the south side of the former dump. These children’s parents are currently unable to send them to CCF’s original kindergarten due to the time and money needed for travel.
There are no other provisions for young children’s safety or education in this part of Steung Meanchey.
During the day, these children are often left to fend for themselves on the streets while their parents are working.
The new kindergarten will run a full-time program for children aged three to six.
A purpose-built facility with four classrooms and garden areas, it will be sited next to one of CCF’s primary schools, a housing village and playground, making it the perfect location as a safe place for vulnerable children to begin their educational journey.
By ensuring these marginalized - and often forgotten - children get access to the education they deserve, CCF is putting them on the path to a brighter future that might otherwise be blocked to them.
Many children in disadvantaged communities in Cambodia face barriers that keep them out of school or away from early learning opportunities.
Since 2004, CCF has helped transform the lives of thousands of kids living in the heart of Cambodia’s most underserved communities by delivering high quality education, leadership training and direct support programs.
CCF currently supports the education of more than 1,700 children.
The new kindergarten will help children develop the physical and mental abilities to be ready for primary school when they reach 6 years of age, and gain the skills needed to end the cycle of poverty for good.
“I'm very pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Yeo’s Cambodia on the new Kindergarten,” said Scott Neeson, Founder & Chief Executive of CCF.
“There is significant need in this area and many young children are often left behind while the parents go to work. "
We want to ensure the youngest community members can get a great start in life and, with Yeos, the new facility will accomplish this.
To celebrate the partnership and future kindergarten, Yeo’s Cambodia has launched limited edition drinks cans featuring CCF’s vision and branding.
People will be able to contribute to the CCF fund for building the new kindergarten by simply purchasing any Yeo’s drinks as part of “A Million Cans to Build a Dream” campaign.
Yeo’s will also be running various online activities, including a CCF in-house drawing contest, and fun social media photo competition with weekly prizes up to the end of January 2022.
Sang Vanny, Head of Marketing of Yeo's Cambodia said the company was honoured to be partnering with CCF to ensure that more underprivileged Cambodian children receive a good head start to their education and better future for themselves and their families, many of whom have been hard hit by the economic effects of COVID-19.
As a responsible company committed to supporting and caring for the communities here, Yeo’s would like to take this opportunity to invite all Cambodian people to be part of our campaign and coming together, hand in hand, to lend our support, we can help improve the lives of our Cambodian children and create a better future for them.