OUR APPROACH

Our mission consists of providing support, educating, training, and helping the disadvantaged young people of Southeast Asia find jobs. We strive to improve their living conditions and help them build their character and grow intellectually, emotionally and morally.  

BUILD

Our development programmes, called “projects”, are organised to improve the living conditions of poor children […]

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SUPPORT AND EDUCATE

22,000 children are helped by sponsors who accompany them along their journey. Sponsorship allows a child to attend school […].

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DEVELOP

Welcoming young people in education centres and boarding houses is a strategic focus of Children of the Mekong. A centre is a place of education, offering the children complimentary courses, as well as a secondary home.

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INTEGRATE

Young people supported by Children of the Mekong have, for the most part, very little knowledge of the professional world. Naturally, they imagine their future in the only occupations they are familiar with […].

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PRIORITY OF ACTION

DISABILITY AND CHRONIC ILLNESSES

The poverty in the slums and in remote rural areas makes it much more likely that such children will not be properly cared for. They are often left to fend for themselves or even completely rejected by their own families.

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RURAL AND ISOLATED POPULATIONS

Many children in Southeast Asia grow up in impoverished rural locations. They have to work in the fields from a very early age, as this is often the only way that their parents can ensure that there is food to put on the table.

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REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PERSONS

A large number of people were displaced by the political crises and armed conflicts which beset Southeast Asia towards the end of the twentieth century.

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SLUMS AND INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

Rural flight is common the world over as ever more people move to urban areas. Shantytowns which spring up around cities as a result of a rapid and unplanned increase in population are often beset by poverty and violence.

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EDUCATION FOR GIRLS

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.

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ETHNICS MINORITIES

There are more than 350 ethnic minorities in the countries of Southeast Asia. They often continue to take pride in their traditional customs, dances and dress, which are much appreciated by tourists.

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COUNTRIES OF ACTION

CAMBODIA

Cambodia is still very rural and must deal with its great inequality as economic growth mainly benefits the urban population. Education in the countryside is therefore a major issue […].

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LAOS

Laos is a predominantly mountainous, rural country.  Often called ‘the country of a million elephants’, it suffers from a lack of infrastructure and the means to improve its educational system.

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MYANMAR

Myanmar is a largely rural country composed of 135 officially recognised ethnic groups (…) the list is a long one and Myanmar suffers from numerous internal conflicts. Children of the Mekong’s goal in the country is to support any initiatives to improve the educational system […]

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PHILIPPINES

Despite an increase in growth the past few years, the Philippines is experiencing an even larger divide between the rich and the poor, mass migration from rural areas to large cities and mass unemployment rates, the highest in the region of Southeast Asia.

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THAILAND

Thailand is one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia. However, several ethnic minorities, as well as several rural regions, suffer from a lack of education and integration into Thai society.

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VIETNAM

Our work extends from the North to the South of Vietnam, with priority accorded to the Centre and North of the country. These regions count among the poorest and are populated by ethnic minorities […].

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Our London scholarship programme

offers a life-changing experience for two outstanding graduates who show great leadership potential. They get a chance to come to London for 3 months to improve their English language skills and engage in job shadowing opportunities.

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