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In Southeast Asia, as in the rest of the world, there is a pressing need for more education for girls. The statistics show that women are much less well educated than men. Often subject to discrimination and considered to be a burden, women are more vulnerable. Their relative poverty is another factor; girls often marry early, have children young and are weighed down by domestic chores.
This is despite the facts that many ethnic groups in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia have traditionally practised matriarchy, and women still play an important role in the family.
At Children of the Mekong, we know that an educated woman will pass on to her children the knowledge that she has acquired and fight harder to ensure that they get an education of their own.
We believe that giving girls access to education and employment is an important development tool. That is why in Cambodia, for example, 62% of the children supported by Children of the Mekong are girls – of whom two-thirds come from three of the poorest provinces in the north of the country. When allocating places in foster homes, priority is given to girls, provided that this is warranted by their family circumstances.
Our child sponsorship programme supports girls education, offering the opportunity to sponsor a girl child, and giving them the chance to get an education.
- Only 30% of children in education in the world are girls. Of 900 million illiterate people, two-thirds are women.
- In Cambodia, 30% of women do not know how to read or write, while for men the figure is 15%.
- More than 65% of women who live in the countryside work on the land but receive no pay. 40% of women have difficulty in getting access to medical care.
- The child of a mother who knows how to read and write has a 50% greater chance of living beyond the age of five.
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SPONSOR A GIRL CHILD AND PROVIDE HER AN EDUCATION
It is a real challenge for children in Tedim to go to school. This child sponsorship programme is bringing hope to the community. Sponsor […]
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The Nam Khai programme supports the education of children who live in an isolated rural region plagued by armed conflict, drug trafficking and human […]
Sponsored children: 18 of 19
OUR PROJECTS THAT SUPPORT EDUCATION FOR GIRLS
Samrong is located in Oddar Meanchey province, in Northwest Cambodia. Education opportunities are severely limited and dropout rates remain high. Physical access to school […]
Funds raised so far: £40,700 of £49,564
This project aims at providing care and protection of children living in refugee camps in the Tak region in Thailand. Support this project
Funds raised so far: £7,700 of £40,773
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