A direct report from GoPhil partner Free to Shine in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
While Cambodia has been largely unaffected by actual Covid cases until now, the ripple effects of the virus continue to be very much felt throughout the country. The government did a good job of containing the virus at the beginning of the pandemic, but this has been through keeping the country virtually closed to visitors, which has had a devastating effect on the tourism industry and the many jobs and family incomes that rely on it. Since July 2020, schools have partially re-opened, with most students currently studying part-time, and fully re-opened in January 2021. Our team of Education Officers has been able to continue in-person safety visits to the girls and to check on their family situations, which is absolutely crucial as families encounter increased economic difficulties and challenges at this time.
The assistance received from GoPhilanthropic donors has supported our key strategy pillar – creating safe families and communities for children – specifically in supporting Free To Shine Education Officers who are integral to the delivery of our entire program. During these last 6 months, this support has enabled Education Officers to deliver: