We spent the second week of our celebratory virtual trip in Butuan, to learn more about the education centre and to meet one very […]
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. Exhausted by their labour, they often find it impossible to concentrate on their studies when they do get to go to school.
Weighed down by debt, families cannot afford the fees required for secondary school, let alone university. In Southeast Asia, secondary schools and universities are to be found only in the biggest towns, and sometimes only in the capital city. Families who live far away, deep in the countryside, are often unable to meet the cost of boarding and lodging in addition to the school fees.
- A farmworker in Thailand typically earns around £125 per month, £84 less than the national average income.
- In Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, more than 70% of the population lives in the countryside.
- In Cambodia, in 2012 there were only 433 secondary schools, many of which were in the capital, Phnom Penh.
- The Philippines is experiencing a massive shift of population from the countryside to the towns of Manila and Cebu. On the islands of Samar and Leyte, extreme climate events mean that the rural population is struggling to survive, resulting in still more migration.
- In Manila, all children complete primary school whereas on the island of Mindanao (also in the Philippines) only 30% of children do.
SPONSORSHIP TYPICALLY COVERS THE COST OF GOING TO SCHOOL
Children sponsored by Children of the Mekong can afford to buy what they need for school (paper, pens, books etc), to pay their bus fares, and to fund the extra lessons they need to attend if they are to pass their exams. What is more, their families are compensated (often in the form of sacks of rice) for the fact that their children are no longer able to work to put food on the table.
Foster homes and education centres are provided for children from families who live in the most remote locations. This enables them to study in peace, close to their schools and universities, without having to worry about practical issues of boarding and lodging.
Young people who live at the centres are encouraged to give tuition, free of charge, to children in villages where provision is lacking. This is one way in which children sponsored by Children of the Mekong are able to give something back, working for the common good and future wellbeing of their country.
OUR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMMES THAT SUPPORTS RURAL AND ISOLATED POPULATIONS
The Kyauk Tan centre, located east of Yangon, caters to children from communities that live on the margins of development. One-third of the children […]
Sponsored children: 14 of 16
Children of the Mekong has operated in Cambodia since 1991. Our Education Centre in Samrong supports 175 disadvantaged children and enables them to pursue […]
Sponsored children: 28 of 32
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: 15 of 19
OUR PROJECTS THAT SUPPORT RURAL AND ISOLATED POPULATIONS
Cambodia remains a rural country and must deal with great inequality as economic growth mainly benefits the urban population. The “Writing Through” programme allows […]
Funds raised so far: £0 of £2,938
In the Oddar Meanchey province, where the Samrong Education Centre is located, it is over 36°C in the shade from March until May. In […]
Funds raised so far: £0 of £1,085
Despite recent progress in the Philippines, a shocking 3.8 million children and youth don’t go to school. Young girls are especially affected as they […]
Funds raised so far: £14,190 of £28,330