“In some areas children must walk up to 5 km in temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius to collect water,” said Ms. Elizabeth Pearce, Save the Children’s Country Director.
It is to reach children like Bopha – the most remote, the most vulnerable to shocks, and the poorest of the poor – that Save the Children is launching a new campaign, Every Last Child, to advocate for the extension of healthcare and education services to the most rural and remote areas.
“To overcome this issue, Save the Children supports children to raise their voices and demand what they need from their government, communities and families,” explains Elizabeth Pearce, Save the Children’s Country Director. “This project will directly involve children and youth in shaping decision making processes that affect them, through improving governance, accountability, inclusiveness and respect for children’s rights.”
Oudom can read and write now. He likes talking to other children in the class and has some friends. He is ranked 18 among the 34 students in his class. “Now I have a lot of friends. They are very kind and often share some of their food with me,” says Oudom. “When I grow up, I want to be a policeman. I will be able to support my grandmother.”
Program Based Budget Reform and Community Participation in Primary Education in Cambodia