Helping Hands Cambodia
Helping Hands was established in 2005 by Deborah Groves, an Australian photographer. Their mission is "helping people to help themselves" and in the last three years they have provided water pumps, seeds, tools, clothing, medical aid, and bicycles to a village in Siem Reap province. They also built and run a school/community education centre which provides free education for over 350 children.
MSAVLC has helped to fund the following projects, through their donation of £3,300:
- A breakfast project providing a meal for 80-100 children every day
- Clean Hands project providing hand washing stations for all the school children
- student earning project where children "earn" soap and toothbrushes
Helping Hands set up their Breakfast Programme because they were aware that 80% of children were arriving at school without having had breakfast, which was affecting their concentration and general health.
Helping Hands uses the World Food Programme breakfast menu which gives basic nutrition at an estimated cost of 643 real per child (just under 10p). Each child receives a bowl containing 100 grams of rice, 25 grams of fish, 20 grams of green vegetables, oil and salt.
Sadly the costs were estimated before the latest price increase and the funds provided by MSAVLC will not cover the full costs of this year's programme.
If you feel the rising cost of food and fuel means that you yourself are feeling the pinch, why not invite some of your friends or colleagues in for a Cambodian Breakfast, charge them a couple of pounds for a bowl of rice, vegetables, and send the money raised to MSAVLC? If you would like to make a specific donation towards this cause please contact us via this website.
To see a video of the project please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqLqAqLGF5o&feature=related