Children exposed to poverty, violence, abandonment, trafficking or difficult family situations, as well as street children or orphans, are vulnerable, often uneducated, traumatised and on the fringes of society. For 25 years now, Krousar Thmey has been working to offer the most suitable, long-term pathways for each child that respect the Cambodian way of life. Whenever possible, priority is given to the children one day returning to their families. Krousar Thmey’s teams meet with these children and their families, listen to them and care for them.
Children who agree to be cared for by Krousar Thmey are placed in a temporary centre for 3 to 6 months. During this time, we investigate each child’s story, aware that there is always a unique solution for each child. At Krousar Thmey, our priority is for the children to one day return to their families while receiving material and financial support. For those who cannot be reunited with their families, our protection centres offer them a place to live with dignity, a place that protects them while remaining open to the community.
The youngest or most traumatised children requiring special attention are placed in family houses where a carefully selected Cambodian couple, trained and monitored by Krousar Thmey, raise the children alongside their own.
After their schooling, Krousar Thmey continues to guide and support each child as they enter the workplace.
Krousar Thmey offers various solutions:
3 temporary protection centres in Phnom Penh give children refuge for 3 to 6 months until they find some stability. After a meticulous assessment of their social and family situation, our staff plan a long-term solution with each child.
2 protection centres in Phnom Penh, Serey Sophon and Siem Reap offer orphans or children unable to return to their families a place to live which is both protective and open to the community. The children have a home, meals and someone to listen to them and attend state school.
6 family houses in Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap and Battambang provide homes for the youngest or most traumatised children. One Cambodian couple raises around ten children from the Foundation alongside their own children, with respect for Khmer culture and traditions.
Family reintegration, with the option of financial or material support. The decision is reached with the child after consulting family members, the relevant Krousar Thmey team and the provincial social services department. Children who return to their families receive regular visits from Krousar Thmey staff who are there to listen and keep track of their schooling.
The support process: