Cambodia went through a mass genocide in the 1970s. The country is still going through the repercussions of that dark era.The Khmer Rouge conducted a genocidal campaign, killing between approximately 1.2 to 2.8 million Cambodians — one-quarter of the country’s population. During this senseless violence, more than 90 percent of the country’s financial and educated elite were targeted and killed. The aftermath of Cambodia’s genocide has left a country with two social classes. The rich class and the poor class.
I will be participating in a 2-week volunteer programme in February 2020. I will be providing childcare, English lessons, painting lessons to children, and giving attention and care to children aged between 3 - 20 who have had turbulent pasts. These children have been victims of abuse, neglect, poverty and abandonment.One of my tasks as part of this placement is also to fund raise and create awareness. Please note that fundraised money will not support my personal expenses. Funds raised will be donated towards the Reaching Cultures foundation, formerly known as Reaching Cambodia, to support ongoing and new projects. For more information visit www.reachingcultures.com.