The Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children's Rights (CCPCR) works towards a world in which children and youth have equal rights in society and are free from all forms of violence and exploitation.
CCPCR collaborates with partner organizations to eliminate all forms of violence against children and youth in Cambodia, including child labor, trafficking, sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation through intervention, rehabilitation and reintegration programs.
A Girl's Story
Extreme poverty experienced by large proportions of the population has rendered many young women and children in Cambodia vulnerable to all forms of abuse. It is difficult for young women and girls to remove themselves from these high-risk situations because of limited skills and education, lack of understanding about child labor and trafficking laws, impeded access to health care and almost non-existent family income. Some families literally cannot afford their children. In a society where there is such an active sex trade, which demands young girls, and child labor is just the norm, children, especially daughters, are sadly becoming a commodity.
Read one girl's story here.
Read here about life at the shelter in Svay Rieng, written by a VSA Volunteer.
You can also help support the program through the link to "Give a Little"
Our VSA volunteer is running a half marathon in Siem Reap in support of the CCPCR shelter in December 2010. Click here to support our volunteer's efforts to raise funds for Svay Rieng!
Are you interested in volunteering at CCPCR and are able to commit to at least two months of time in Cambodia? If so, please visit our Volunteer section under the tab Support Us.
Lotus House - Siem Reap
CCPCR is excited to announce a new partnership with Senhoa (www.senhoa.org) in Siem Reap. In January 2011 we will be opening Lotus House, a transition home for up to 15 women, providing them with safe and secure subsidized accommodation.
Sihanoukville Shelter - Can you help?
CCPCR opened a shelter in Sihanoukville in 1997. Unfortunately, the shelter had to close due to lack of funding in 2007. During the 10 years of operation, the shelter rehabilitated and reintegrated approximately 300 women and girls. CCPCR would like to reopen its shelter. Can you help make this happen?
Painting in Phnom Penh!
In late November, two volunteers from Star Kampuchea worked with the girls at the Phnom Penh shelter to paint murals on the walls of the room that is to become the library.