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The Challenge 

In the 21st century, Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. Children are directly influenced by widespread poverty and the lack of social resources, many are forced onto the streets and are exposed to different threats such as human and drug trafficking, forced prostitution, physical and sexual abuse, drug abuse and chronic malnutrition.

Cambodia had a population of more than 15.58 million and 35% of them lived below the poverty line with a daily income of HKD20 or less

40% of the population are aged from 0 to 19; at least 220,000 school-age children are out-of-school

30-50% of people aged from 18 to 50 are illiterate or semi-illiterate

(Data source: World Bank, 2015)


Our Response


Early Childhood Care & Education

Education through Technology

Education for Children with Disability

Promote Reading through Mobile Library

Bringing Children back to School

Education for Children at Risk



Case sharing












“I go to the garbage dump with my mum every morning so that we could collect and sell the unwanted plastic bottles, cans and other things. That is the only way to survive.”

Many children have to give up their studies to make ends meet by picking up garbage, begging or selling things. They are not only stripped of their right to education but also exposed to dangers on the streets. It is not unusual to see school-age children waiting at the refuse stations every day. A bunch of children would throng to the refuse collection vehicle because those plastic bottles and cans are their source of income and the only hope of survival.

The 9-year-old girl Mary(pseudonyms) was one of them. Mary lives near a garbage dump with her family. She was too poor to go to school and had to scavenge with her mother. The poor living environment also caused hygiene problems, therefore she often got sick.

Mary’s parents were persuaded by AEA and decided to let Mary receive formal education in the Street Children’s Centre. Now she can study literature, mathematics, and science, increase her knowledge of health care and have regular body checks. “I’m really happy. I enjoy studying and being with my friends. Teachers are caring. Everything here is way better than refuse stations!” she said. Mary will continue her studies in a public school. Her mother came to realize that education is important to Mary’s development, “I feel proud of my daughter. I hope education gives her a better future.”



Established in France in 1981, Aide et Action International (AEAI) is a charitable organization that works towards making education accessible to all. Aide et Action(Hong Kong) is registered as "Aide et Action Education Foundation" and is a charitable organization under section 88 of the inland revenue ordinance, no. 91/9502.

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