STS – STREET TO SCHOOL

Where
Andong slum, Cambodia

Direct beneficiaries
180 children aged between 3 and 13 years

Context
The Andong slum is located at around 10 km from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. It is a cluster of houses and makeshift buildings where, in 2006, the government forced over 1,000 families to move after expropriating their houses. They have lost everything: their houses, jobs, relationships. Over the years the slum has become a destination for those migrating from the countryside in search of opportunities, a place of transit, totally devoid of infrastructure, where a sense of precariousness prevails.
All children are formally enrolled at school from the age of 6, but very few families make sure that their children actually go to school and reach satisfactory results. Most children suffer from illnesses due to malnutrition and lack of hygiene; scabies and infections occur on a daily basis.

The opportunity to attend the Centre results in numerous positive outcomes.

From CIAI’s perspective, supporting children with schooling and extra-curricular activities is a concrete action to contrast poverty and lack of future. Breaking down barriers that prevent children from enjoying their rights, starting from access to education and health, is the first step towards inclusion.

What we want to achieve
Children who regain their right to be children.
Children who access health check-ups and protection.
Improved parenting skills.

What we do
In 2007 CIAI created an STS day centre, a well-equipped space which is tailor-made for children and welcomes around 180 children (aged between 3 and 13) every year.

The centre is open from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and offers a variety of different services for each age group: nursery school for children aged 3-6, a library, a toy library and recreational activities, such as drama, dance, drawing and remedial courses.

The centre is also equipped to monitor users’ psycho-physical health state and to offer basic medical assistance.

Families who sign up for the project get support, but also make a commitment, i.e. ensuring that their children attend school.