Health & Nutrition
* NOTE: All program activities have been adapted
to operate within COVID-19 government guidelines.
Starvation in Siem Reap and Cambodia is rampant, and malnutrition remains a leading cause of perpetuated poverty in the region.
Globally, children are considered malnourished if they are stunted, wasted, or underweight. According to reports within the Cambodian Demographic and Health Survey by World Vision, 32% of young children in Cambodia are chronically malnourished (stunted), 24% are underweight and 10% are wasted.
Most children living in poverty are often without food and only surviving off watered down rice porridge – lacking the nutrients needed to properly grow and develop both physically and mentally. Stunted children fail to develop at a normal pace, regularly suffer from chronic malnutrition and as a result are susceptible to illness and disease – causing them to be absent from class often.
To combat this, REACH provides all primary aged students with a daily nutritious meal; our meals are wholesome and vary from day to day. In conjunction with their daily meals, our kids also have access to clean drinking water and their own drinking cup. Each day each child is given a multivitamin and is required to brush their teeth with toothpaste at our hygiene station.
To further promote good hygiene at home, every child is also given one bar of Eco Soap on a monthly basis. In conjunction with these critical hygiene supplies, all REACH children and guardians are also provided bi-annual parasite treatments.
SUPPORT OUR HEALTH & NUTRITION PROGRAM
Click here to join our Running Costs Club to keep our kitchen utilities on and our kids fed.
With as little as AUD$20 per month, you can help REACH cover the basics to ensure the survival of this program.
At REACH we have also created a thriving organic garden, which has been established to provide fresh produce and extra nutrition to our most malnourished children.
Our Garden Program has so many benefits; click here to learn more.