To ensure that less fortunate children in the rural community are cared for and given educational opportunities
which will enable them to break out of the cycle of poverty.

Rainbow Orphanage

About Rainbow Orphanage: The Rainbow Orphanage was formed in 2007 in partnership with retired teachers and local villagers. Nine years on, it serves as a refuge for orphans and poor children from the local villages, striving give them hope for the future and to alleviate poverty within their communities through education.

Cambodia Background:

Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia along the Mekong River on wet land which is favorable for agriculture. The majority of the people are farmers with 85% of the local people living off 2$ a day as subsistence farmers.

War and the Pol Pot genocidal regime have made any apportunity for the country to prosper exceedingly difficult. The national social infrastructures, culture, traditon, and social morality which used to be good, have severely declined. Trauma, the loss of spouses, children, and relatives, and in particular, the deprivation of their right, dignity, and honor have been in the heart of the Cambodian population for a full generation. These are causes affecting the daily livelihood of Cambodians' of all ages in this generation. Physically and mentally disabled people, orphans without any support, and poverty are the legacies with the social affair sector has to deal with.

The area is striking by its extreme poverty. 80% of the population are classed as living in dire poverty, with 85 % of community being subsistence farmers trying to survive on roughly 2 $ per day. Figures on school attendance for the area are that 60% of poor families do not attend school at all and of those children in the community who do attend school most do not study further than the 9th grade at local secondary school.

Children's history: Many visitors to Rainbow ask how the children came to the orphanage and the kind of life experiences which have brought them to this place for refuge. The children are drawn from three districts: Puok, Angkor Chum, and Angkor Thom -all in Siem Reap Province. Some are orphaned, abandoned, simply poor, and vulnerable who have no stable and caring family environment to support them, but who wish to live and study at the Rainbow and have an opportunity to complete their schooling. These children have a chance to develop into contributing members of society as their confidence and self-eaten are nurtured in a secure, caring, and stable environment with committed staff.

The Background to Some of the Children in our Care:

1. Some are victims of the aftermath of war:

Rainbow Orphanage is located in an area of northern Cambodia which was a major area of conflict between Phnom Penh Government Soldiers and troops of the Khmer Rouge. Most of the young men of that time (1979 - 98) were recruited on both sides of the civil war. Many children were left fatherless.

Also, until recently, the mortality rate among the women in childbirth was very high and many children wre left motherless. Adults often drifted to towns seeking menial work as a cleaners and laborers, but often the little money and either died or didn't return to their village at all, leaving no support for their surviving family members.

2. The poverty of families and subsequent migration from the homeland:

The Pol Pot period and the subsequent years of civil war saw a massive dislocation of the population and hence the disruption of normal village life. Many moved to other parts of the country or to neighboring countries to survive.

 

A large number did not return. Relatives or grandparents who were left behind with the children often had little interest (or money) to provide education for the children. Some were ashamed of the status of the children -many were neglected, ignored, or abandoned.

3. The strict traditional nature of Cambodian Society

Cambodia is a very traditional society - in its values and in its regard for the customs of marriage and the bringing up of children. According to custom, the parents approve and choose partners for their children - and most young people follow this custom. If the young people break this custom, their parents provide no support and often disown the couple. Often it is the children who suffer, being left abandone.  

 

4. Unemployment and bank debt

About 85% of people living in the country are farmers - with no education and not enough land for cropping- and there is very little alternative unemployment. Many get heavily into Bank. Often they seek refuge in a neighboring country like Thailand. Once again, the children are either abandoned or left with ageing grandparents.

Rainbow Orphanage has been established in this area to deal with some of these problems to assist these children and their families. We try to supplement the minimum Government services needed and provide care, food, shelter, and education for these very vulnerable children. We are pleased to say that already the first group of children has progressed to complete their high school education this year (2015), and we hope to give the opportunities for them to become nurses, health workers, or teachers, so they can become partners in contributing to and rebuilding the local communities.

There is much work to be done. With your support, we can really make a difference.

Children benefits:

Food ration for children (Nutrition):

The Rainbow provides three meals a day: Breakfast at 6:30am, Lunch is at 12:00 noon, and dinner at 6:30 pm, each meal we choose different ingredients such as fish, vegetable, eggs, pork, and beef in order to offer a balanced and nutricious diet to the children. We also provide a dessert such as fruits, sugar potatoes, and pumpkins twice per week.

Accommodation: Here at Rainbow, we provide a safe and comfortable place for the children to sleep and spend ttheir free time. We have separated sleeping quarters for both the boys and girls. Also, we provide mosquitos, nets, pillows, and blankets to be shared among the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The volunteer's house:

This building was built in 2010 for volunteer whocome for help ,becausethe 70km round-trip from Siem Reap each day is very difficult and so expensive for the transportation, specially during rainy season from July to October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 About clothing: 

The Rainbow Orphanage provides four types of clothing to the children in care:
a)-The traditional clothes: Provide 2 sets each year is during Khmer New Year & Bun Phchum Ben ceremony.
b)-The school uniform: the children starting school receive three sets of school uniforms per year.
c)-Indoor ware and Pyjamas: 2 sets each year .
d)-The working clothes: 2 sets of second hand or recycled clothing each year

Health Care and Sanitation: 

All children are responsible for themselves, but an often is control by a child Care staff . Tooth paste and brushes are often donated but not enough we needed more help. When children fall ill we send to the children hospital they Free treatment. For the children over 15 years old we usually is send to the clinic in the town that cost very expensive for us but the services is better the Government's hospital. 

Education: 

All the children are educated at the state schools, now most of them are moving tosecondary and high school at the town some children will finish high school in 2015. Outside state school time table we provided with extra curricular English instruction, Mathematics, Khmer literature, and provide many skills training like sewing, computer, feeding, planting , and the traditional Khmer dance and music course are given to them in order to teach and remember them the importance of Cambodia traditional and culture which Cambodia was famous.

 Visiting relatives and field trip: the children may enjoy ceremonies and festivals, public orprivate in the company of their relatives. Field trips are schedule at Khmer New Year 13th to 16th April or at the school vacation in July the trip it contingent on financial resources.  

 

 

 

We wishes one day Rainbow children will see the Phnom Penh City and Sihanouk ville.

  

 

 

 

  

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