Strengthening families by providing a nurturing environment through family-based care
ONETrack International has partnered with Children in Families (CIF) to support children affected by a history of orphanage corruption in Cambodia.
Despite the progress made in recent years, Cambodia remains one of the world’s poorest countries. As a result, it is not difficult to find numerous opportunities to help impoverished children, especially those living in orphanages. However, nearly 80% of children in these facilities still have living parents.
In the absence of strong state assistance for children and families living in poverty, orphanages emerged to provide these children with basic material needs and education that cannot be afforded at home. Yet, as the number of orphans in Cambodia decreased over the years, the number of orphanages increased. And as the number of tourists visiting Cambodia grows each year, some of these institutions have recognized a chance to profit off this pool of foreign donors and volunteers. For the children living in these facilities, their vulnerability becomes a selling point and their care is compromised.
The government in Cambodia has faced a variety of challenges as they attempt to improve childcare within their nation. The largest challenges being the limited time, budget, and resources of their social workers. As a result, they must count on the assistance of NGOs. ONETrack international is dedicated to identifying and supporting those NGOs that are clean from controversy and support our goal to reverse the trends that stimulated the current corruption of the Cambodian orphanage industry.
Recently, we started working with Children in Families (CIF), a local Cambodian NGO that is dedicated to providing high-quality family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children in Cambodia. Together, we share the belief that the best place for a child to grow up is as a member of a loving family. ONETrack International is supporting specific cases within the Children in Families program that empower the biological parents or extended family members to provide long-term care for these children.
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