REACH kids leave school hungry for knowledge.

Health & Nutrition

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, 32% of young children in Cambodia are chronically malnourished (stunted), 24% are underweight and 10% are wasted.

Most children living in poverty are without food and are 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 expected 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.

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At a glance

Free Nutritous School Meals

Our hungry students recieve wholesome nutritous daily class meals, 5 days a week at our school.

160+ Students

200 primary students (ages 5-15) recieve daily nutritious meals to study on fully bellies.

The Team

Our dedicated Head Chef works alongside her Assistant to serve 100’s of delicious meals daily.

How you can help

You can support our Nutrition program in the following ways:

OUTREACH PROGRAM

While REACH kids and youths are kept healthy at school, our Outreach Program has been set up to support the needs of their guardians, and to teach beneficiaries vital life-skills. Click here to learn more.

"Children who are stunted do not develop at a normal pace. They often suffer from chronic malnutrition and have very little resistance to infection & disease — meaning that they’ll miss more days of school due to illness."

MERCY CORPS