Transforming the Lives of Impoverished Communities with the Cambodian Children’s Fund
When: Fall 2021
The people of Cambodia battle intense poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, and lack of basic healthcare. 20% of Cambodian citizens live below the poverty line, with much of the rest of the population hovering just above. Millions still struggle with limited access to various necessities, including education. In the Steung Meanchey garbage dump in Phnom Penh, children and families have spent their lives scavenging for food and shelter. Although officially closed in 2009, the surrounding areas remain as entry points into Phnom Penh for some of the most vulnerable groups.
The Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) transforms the kids of Cambodia’s most impoverished communities into tomorrow’s leaders by delivering education, family support, and community development programs. Since 2004, CCF has been working with underserved communities in Cambodia, centered around the former garbage dump at Steung Meanchey. Originally, CCF’s work revolved around the health and well-being of 45 children living at the garbage dump. Today there are more than 2,200 students working towards a better future for themselves and their families.
Project Opportunity: Team4Tech has partnered with CCF over the last two years in introducing and developing CCF’s staff, teachers, and students media design skills. CCF would like to leverage a 2021 team to:
- Introduce Adobe Captivate (continue to build into CCF’s education toolkit they are sharing out to other Cambodian public schools/Ministry of Education); supporting their online learning platform/LMS
- Advance media design skills through video and print production and transferring knowledge and skills into tangible products.
- Introduce web design and data analytic skills.
- Introduce human-centered design, community problem-solving, and project management skills through the use of technology.
- Prototype maker activities for community-based problem-solving. CCF has demonstrated its commitment to maker activities but would be interested in learning how to translate this into community-based solutions.
Impact: In addition to about 50 CCF’s staff/teachers, this project will indirectly benefit over 2000 students in CCF’s educational ecosystem. Additionally, all educational materials and content is now available to any Cambodian public school, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.