The Centre for Child Development
Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
The Center for Child Development (CCD) in Phnom Penh is a Khmer-run facility that was established in 1996 for children at risk - who have been rescued from human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and economic exploitation.
Often these children come to us in a terrible state both physically and psychologically. Mostly they have been living by themselves in the slums of Phnom Penh and are under nourished and suffering from a range of illnesses. Because they are on their own in the slums they are in danger of being exploited. Many thousands of children a year just simply disappear having been sold into slavery or prostitution, or even being sold for their body parts. The CCD has a number of social workers who spend their time in the slums looking for these children. When they identify a child at risk they bring them to the CCD and register them with the Cambodian Ministry for the Interior – and they become part of our wonderful CCD family.
The CCD not only provides food, safe shelter, emergency relief, health care, education, literacy, medical check-ups, child rights education and skills training programs, it is a place for these children to feel safe, protected and loved.
Today the centre accommodates up to 65 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years of age, there are eight staff who take responsibility of finding and caring for the children. As the centre continues to grow, so too does the support we need to provide them.
The CCD Team
The CCD was established to improve and strengthen dignity of victimised and vulnerable children. The centre could not do what it does without the skills, knowledge and experience of a dedicated team of professionals…
Cambodia’s future lies in the hands of it’s children and education is our highest priority. The children at CCD attend a local school six days a week and participate in additional learning classes provided at the centre. English, Khmer literacy, cultural and religious studies, computer studies, life goal planning and vocational training are available to children who reside at the centre and from the local community. Through education and training these children will grow into productive and supportive community members.
Many of the children who come to the centre for care and schooling will be reintegrated back into their families when the situation is deemed safe to do so. Trained councilors and social workers monitor the families of the children to determine when reconciliation and reintegration of the child can be undertaken.
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