Siem Reap and Cambodia
Cambodia is a nation with a rich cultural history, though its current population has been hugely affected by recent wars, famine and the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime under Pol Pot. An estimated 2 million people (approximately a quarter of the population) were killed and the specific targeting of doctors, lawyers and teachers as well as foreign immigrants and a return to 11th Century agricultural models all but destroyed the Cambodian economy. Further political instability and civil war in the 1980s stalled recovery from the genocide until stability was restored in the form of a multi-party democracy underneath a constitutional monarchy in the early 1990s.
UNICEF has designated Cambodia as the third most land-mined country in the world resulting in over 60,000 deaths and countless thousands more injuries since 1970. Most of the victims are children herding animals or playing in the fields. Though health indicators are generally improving, in some regions of Cambodia 22.9% of infants die before they are five years old. Professional healthcare, especially for rural families, is difficult and for many, expensive.
Previously a residential Home for over 50 children, who have all now successfully been repatriated with family and carers together with a small local group home under the careful supervision of social workers, Honour Village Cambodia now offers free education to surrounding village children who join us to learn both Khmer and English and play, basic maths and computer studies. Around 550 students are enrolled in our activities. This education is in addition to their regular enrolment at government-run primary and secondary schools.